Battle of the Rising Stars!
Sparstar Promotions and its associate sponsors recently put on an all-star MMA event at the spacious Quiet Cannon Country Club in Montebello, which is located just a few miles east of downtown Los Angeles. This exciting event’s co-promoters; Tony Perez & Tony Padilla (The Two Tony’s) really provided some well-planned martial arts entertainment to a nearly sold-out crowd!
The fights, officially sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission, featured several seasoned up and coming fighters from established Southern California gyms, such as: Team Hayastan, Riverside Submission, Bodyshop Fitness, CSW, Team Rampage, H.B. Ultimate and others. Respected referee’s; Cecil Peoples, Lester Griffin & Luis Cobian also doubled as ringside judges during each of the evenings’ bouts.
The first fight was between Louie “The Boss” Moreno (Fight Science Gym), weighing 150Lbs., and Bobby “The Kid” Sanchez (Riverside Submission) at 148Lbs. Although Moreno was able to virtually pick up & slam his opponent to the ground twice, the final decision went to Sanchez in the 3rd round.
The second match featured Kevin “Dynamite” Dunsmoor (Boxing Zone) against Maurice “SYKO” Eazel (Bodyshop Fitness), both weighing a slim 135Lbs. Eazel displayed some good Takedowns, but lost quickly to a painful Arm bar submission by Dunsmoor at a rapid: 58 seconds of the 2nd round.
One of the most exciting bouts was between two 155 pounders; Sevak Magakian (Team Hayastan) & Sean Robinson (New Breed). The large crowd in attendance screamed with enthusiasm as Magakian completely controlled Robinson in every position, even ably launching his opponent with multiple Judo throws, quickly submitting Robinson with a secured Arm bar submission after only 1:09 in the first round.
Next, Jay Silva (Team Rampage) & Ozzy Avalos (CSW), both weighing 185Lbs., fought in the cage. Silva demonstrated some good kicks, but finally received some “ground & pound” abuse after being taken down to the mat by Avalos. Still, Silva managed a win by KO via a knee to the head in the third round.
At 205Lbs., Jose “El Pollo Fino” Hernandez (Freestyle Fighter) faced Bradshaw “Respectless Wun” Soaia (Mighty Moe Camp) weighing 204Lbs. Even though Bradshaw knocked his adversary down and had Jose locked in a tight Arm bar, Hernandez managed to escape with good body positioning & control to eventually force his opponent to “Tap Out” after being overwhelmed by a barrage of excessive strikes.
145 pounder; Greg “The Smooth” Guzman (San Jacinto Grappling) vs. Phillip Golff (MKA Combat) at 147 Lbs. Golff displayed a strong heart with nice control, but was defeated by Guzman who also displayed a good Takedown or two, then proceeded into solid “ground & pound” for the win by decision.
The anticipated “Main Event” was an action-packed match between two 160 pounders. Former coach from the Ultimate Fighter (Season-7) T.V. series; Zack “Lisbon Outlaw” Light (H.B. Ultimate) was matched against crowd favorite; East L.A.’s Light-weight “Title” holder: Joe Camacho (Aloisio-Silva BJJ & Kickboxing).
Early in this bout, Camacho slipped and received a small cut over one eye, which caused his fans to roar with deafening shouts of encouragement! However, even though Light displayed some good kicks and body control, even managing to knock Joe down, Camacho returned the favor by opening two cuts over both of Light’s eyes.
Suddenly, after 3:44 in the first round, Camacho retained control of the fight and Light verbally tapped out, allowing Camacho to retain the Championship Belt…a very exciting bout indeed!
Shortly after the final Championship bout a non-sanctioned fight broke out between groups of audience members in one corner of the arena. Chairs were thrown as security personnel struggled to restrain the outburst. After several long minutes of disruption, the people responsible were forcefully escorted outside where the police awaited. Fortunately, this unwelcome eruption happened at the end of a great show and didn’t seem to effect the bulk audience’s perceptions in the least.
All in all, Sparstar Promotions put together a very entertaining MMA production!