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Vardan Sholinian Vs. Cameron Diffley Oct. 9th


HyeFighter Vardan Sholinian has just sight RFA agreements to fight on the October 9th card in Las Vegas, NV.

Vardan wrote on his Facebook “So just signed bout agreement. Fighting for RFA on October 9th in Las Vegas. The fight will be aired on AXS TV so if you can’t make it to Vegas make sure you watch it on tv.”

He will be facing Cameron Diffley 4-0 who competed in The Ultimate Fighter season 16.

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Vanes Martirosyan defeats Ishe Smith Video


HyeFighter Vanes Martirosyan won over Ishe Smith by majority decision at MGM grand in Vegas, after Smith was knockdown twice Saturday night.

The entertaining and pivotal win over a former IBF World champion and WBA contender may place Vanes back in contention for a title of his own.  Smith, a hardened veteran of a fighter with an iron chin, put up a strong fight in his hometown, but the two knockdowns administered by The Nightmare, particularly a powerful one in the 8th round, swung the judges votes decisively to Vanes.

Full recap and video coming soon.  Hyefighters.com congratulates Vanes and wishes him many more wins and greater achievements.



“Thank you To Everyone It was Great I Love all my true Fans Thank you very much for the Support I wanna Thank my team #teamsnac @romamaineventgym @jamesbazzel @brunoescalantejr @pandamartz @snacsystem that One Judge scorecard was bullshit.” wrote Vanes on his page. 




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Vanes Martirosyan vs Ishe Smith weigh ins



Hye Fighter Vanes Martirosyan made weight and is set for his Saturday bout against Ishe Smith at the prestigious MGM venue in Las Vegas.




Hyefighters.com wishes him the best.

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UUW World Wrestling Championship


Armenia's Artur Aleksanyan celebrates after winning a gold medal during his Greco-Roman Wrestling 96kg gold medal match against Bulgaria's Vladislav Metodiev at the Senior Wrestling European Championship in Tbilisi, March 23, 2013. AFP PHOTO/VANO SHLAMOV

Amateur Corner: UUW World Wrestling Championship

by Leo Poroshin

The 2015 World Wrestling Championship began on Monday in Las Vegas.  Hyefighters.com looks at the performance of the Armenian wrestlers in the first two days.

Hye Fighters kept it competitive, challenging for medals in several weight categories of the Greco-Roman competition.  One disappointment was the 58kg class, where both the Olympic medalist Roman Amoyan and the recent European Games winner Stepan Maryanyan (representing Russia) underperformed.  The silver medalist of the London Olympics Arsen Julfalakyan had the misfortune of drawing his arch-nemesis Roman Vlasov in the opening round.  In repechage, Arsen made a stgrong showing, but was stopped just short of competing for bronze.  Most other categories featured younger wrestler, for whom this championship will prove a good formative experience.  Of note is Eduard Soghomonyan, representing Brazil, who advanced in the 130kg class.

In 66kg, Migran Arutunyan wrestled well, making it to semifinals, where he lost a controversial match.  Even though his quest for bronze was also unsuccessful, Migran has earned himself a ticket to the 2016 Olympic Games.

71kg saw veteran Hye Fighter Armen Vardanyan (representing Ukraine) performing well, and making it all the way for the finals, where he fell just short in his quest for gold.  This is a third World Championship silver medal achieved by the two-time European champion and the 2008 Olympic medalist.

Armenia’s biggest succes came on the first day of competition in the 98kg.  Artur Aleksanyan continued his dominance in this weight, successfully defending his world title.  En route to gold, Artur literally slashed through the bracket, ceding only one point.  In the final match, he bested the recent Olympic champion Ghasem Rezaei of Iran, who had no answer for the Hye Fighter’s combination of strength and technique.

Final video:

Hyefighters.com congratulates Artur, and wishes fortune to the remaining Armenian Greco-Roman and Freestyle competitors.

Armen Vardanyan







for more videos of the world championship click here.




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Noel Gevor vs Daniel Sanabria

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Familiar Name, Familiar Ways

By Leo Poroshin

Hyefighters.com is thrilled to report that one of the most promising Armenian boxing prospects took a giant step towards greatness.  Noel Gevor (Norair Mikaelyan) has captured the vacant WBO International cruiserweight title this past Saturday at the Energie Verbund-Arena in Dresden, Germany.

The name is not new to boxing.  Noel’s stepfather is Khoren Gevor, a hard-hitting middleweight who have repeatedly contended for the world title.  This fight found him in the corner, guiding his stepson and student to a UD win over a veteran Argentinian fighter Daniel Alejandro Sanabria.

Full fight video:


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Round 1 began in a traditional explorative way.  Early on Noel steadily advanced and worked the levels.  About a minute in, he established a degree of dominance, working the body and pushing Sanabria into the ropes.  At a minute mark, got a stinging jab in, soon following with a combo to body, which he repeated at 0:20 (each time being quick to get into defensive position when opponent tried to counter).  Ended the round with nearly getting through with a snapping left half-hook.

Round 2-Sanabria attempts to be more offensive.  Gevor stymies attack with a clinch, then unleashes another rapid combo to the body.  Manages to keep good distance as Sanabria attacks, looking to counter, and is soon able to do that with a good straight to Sanabria’s face.  Soon after, the Argentinian boxer finds himself in a lot of trouble, as Noel pommels him against the ropes with more body hits.  He gets out with a charge, for which Noel is well prepared and meets with blocking and dodging, letting Sanabria come forward without doing much damage (save for a grazing body shot), and again counters successfully, displaying impressive quickness and reaction.  Gevor connects with a good fast right, and follows with yet another successful attack on mid-section.  Sanabria is saved by the bell, as at the end Noel corners him and unleashes a barrage.

Round 3-Noel begins it well, testing Sanabria with a fast jab and then getting a body shot in.  Undaunted, Sanabria goes on offensive, which Gevor stymies with a clinch and more half-hooks to body.  In a lively exchange, both fighters go for big shots, and then Sanabria yet again finds himself against the ropes, absorbing punishment and being forced to cover.  Noel repeats this winning strategy again at the minute mark, and follows with a good right straight.  Both fighters use clinch to get out of potential trouble.  With seconds left, Noel gets in a good quick jab.  Sanabria was very aggressive throughout the round, and Noel is left with a black eye and a small cut on the brow after the round is over.


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Round 4-Fighters exchange at distance, Noel is able to land solid hits, which he followed with more tactical dominance and attacks to body.  Sanabria briefly warned for grabbing Gevor’s arms, and then Noel-for accidental hook below the belt.  The rest of the round is relatively uneventful, with both fighters exchanging glancing head shots.

Round 5-Noel begins the round actively, on offensive early and for most of the first minute.  Near the half-round mark, deftly dodges a Sanabria attack and unleashes with a nice combo of his own.  Gets Sanabria with a nice pair of jabs.  Sanabria gets a jab in seconds before the bell, but Gevor again gets him with body shots against the ropes.

Round 6-Begins on a cautious note, with both fighters trading distance shots.  Noel lands repeatedly, while either dodging Sanabria’s attacks or countering effectively.  Gets in a strong left to the body, and then pushes Sanabria’s head back with a crisp jab at the minute mark.  Sanabria attempts to jab his way in, only to receive a strong left to the face.

Round 7-Fighters exchange jabs and then a series of clinches ensues.  Again, Sanabria finds himself against the ropes.  Noel is able to land a beautiful right overcut, and proceeds with a series of attacks to head, followed by more damage to body.  Clearly dominant at this point.

Round 8-To his credit, Sanabria persists in attacking, realizing how far behind he is on the scorecard.  Gevor repeatedly finds mark with jabs.  Sanabria eats a few punches and then drops arms, goading Noel to attack.  Noel maintains discipline, continuing with a smart ring generalship.  After some dancing around, finds mark with rapid jabs.  Last half a minute ends uneventfully, save for both fighters accidentally trading shots after the bell.

Round 9-Sanabria looks for a miracle at this point, continuously trying to attack.  Noel has no problems countering, losing none of his speed of movement.  A desperate Sanabria goes for big shots, but gets repeatedly countered by Noel, who also uses timely clinches to break his opponent’s momentum.

Round 10-Sanabria attacking with last bits of strength, clearly winded from taking so much damage to body.  Noel gets in good head shots half a minute in.  A minute in, Noel gets more aggressive and Sanabria is against the ropes again.  An outmatched Sanabria nearly gets knocked out near the end as Noel ends the bout on a strong note.

A deserved unanimous decision.  Noel Gevor demonstrated superior speed, technique, and creativity.  His opponent tried stalking and attacking, but more often than not found himself cornered or against the ropes, absorbing punishment.  Virtually every round was won by the young HyeFighter, whose record now improves to 19 (10)-0-0.  At 24 years of age, Noel finds himself near the top of the rankings, and makes a strong bid for world title contention.  Hyefighters.com congratulates Noel Gevor and wishes him further much-deserved rewards.

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Akop “Sniper” Stepanyan UD win (video)


The Spinnin’ Sniper Show

by Leo Poroshin

HyeFighter Akop “Sniper” Stepanyan, a lightning-fast featherweight from Yerevan, represented Team Russia in a quality fashion at the League S-70 MMA event in Sochi, Russia.  The large audience, including Russian president Vladimir Putin, saw Stepanyan put on a stand-up clinic, as he cruised to a UD win over a UFC veteran and onetime TUF finalist Andre Winner.

Watch full video:

Round 1 began with both fighters testing each other’s reflexes.  Early on Akop displayed fast-paced-activity, with his quick punching combos.  His speed forced Andre Winner to adopt a decidedly defensive strategy, covering up head in a boxing stance.  About a minute in, Stepanyan was able to get through his opponen’t defense with a nice round house kick to the mid-torso section, followed by a swift 1-2 combo.  Essentially, he got Winner’s number at that point.  Andre obviously decided to seek his fortunes in counter-attacks, ceding initiative to Stepanyan and failing to utilize his formidable height and reach advantage.  Akop continued to use low kicks and rapid jabs, often foraying to the inside, while displaying excellent ring generalship and feel for distance, promptly disengaging when Winner tried to counter.  Winner often found himself against the ropes, sustaining a barrage of punches and kicks, with Stepanyan getting creative at changing levels of attack and trying daring moves (among them, a spinning backfist).  At the end of the round, Akop was able to connect with a spinning heel kick, and then a formidable left hook.  The round ended with Akop nearly achieving a judo hip throw out of clinch.

Round 2 did not begin too well for Winner, as Akop’s spinning low kick aimed at the liver ended up knocking into the solar plexus/cup area.  After Winner got a minute to recuperate, the fighters proceeded to exchange spinning and low kick attempts.  Stepanyan avoided damage by swiftly moving out of the line of attack.  The second half of the round saw him teetering on the edge of achieving a knockout, as his attacks became faster and more creative.  At one point, he briefly dropped Winner with a nice knee to abdomen.  Winner was forced to cover up and absorb against the ropes.  Akop’s low kicks decreased Winner’s mobility, while his jabs and punches often found mark.

Round 3 begun with Akop getting through with a hook to head.  He was able to maintain a faster-than-fast pace and kept Winner firmly in retreat.  At half-round mark, he really put the pressure on, culminating with hitting the mark with an excellent spinning high kick at 1:17, and following that with a spinning low kick and a 1-2 combo.   A slight clock malfunction prolonged the final round and allowed Stepanyan to get another spinning high-kick in.  The fight ended and the ref deservingly raised Akop’s hand.

The fight was firmly controlled by Stepanyan.  Him being a former practitioner of kickboxing and taekwondo, while Winner-a former boxer boxer and kyokushin karateka contrubuted to  the fight having a decidedly stand-up overtone.  If didn’t know better, a viewer might be forgiven for thinking it was a kickboxing bout.  Throughout, Akop displayed crisp technique and insane speed.  A casual fan may bemoan Akop’s aversion to risk-taking in the fight (which, in truth, probably prevented him from achieving an early victory), yet his self-control proved effective and impressive, especially when combined with technical prowess, giving him his 20th career win (and 7th in a row).  hyefighters.com  congratulates Akop Stepanyan and wishes him continuing success.

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