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HyeFighter Georgi Karakhanyan Fighting in Los Angeles at Bellator 170

Georgi Karakhanyan will square off against Emmanuel Sanchez in a featherweight duel at Bellator 170.

HyeFighter Karakhanyan enters the matchup on the strength of back-to-back KO/TKO triumphs over Kirill Medvedovsky and Bubba Jenkins. The ex-World Series of Fighting and Tachi Palace champion is 5-4 over the course of two Bellator MMA tenures.

His opponent, Sanchez, meanwhile, had a three-bout winning streak snapped at Bellator 159, where he dropped a split verdict to former 145-pound title challenger Daniel Weichel. His record is 5-2 with the California-based promotion, with notable wins over UFC vets Daniel Pineda and Justin Lawrence.

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CXF 5 – Night Of Champions This Saturday in Los Angeles December 17th

Don’t miss out on CXF MMA’s final event of this year.  It is guaranteed to be a highlight of HyeFighters.

CLICK HERE & Get your tickets:

Bantamweight Title Fight
Alfred Khashakyan vs. Chris Beal

Lightweight Title Fight
Dominic Clark vs. Danny Navarro

Featherweight Title Fight
Dmitry Gerasimov vs. Max Ceniceros

Middleweight Title Fight
Moses Murrietta vs. Blake Troop

VACANT Welterweight Title Fight
Vardan Sholinian vs. Mike Jasper

Georgie Garcia vs. Kyler Phillips
Tihomir Blagovetsov vs. Derion Chapman
Marcos Bonilla vs. A. J. Bryant
Leon Shahbazyan vs. Akkim Lee
Bryanna Fissori vs. Madison McElhaney
Serob Minasyan vs. Ronnie Borja
Matt Hagge vs. Christian Bizarretty
Keith Cutrone vs. Anthony Nealy

 

 

  • Venue:Sportsmen’s Lodge
  • Location:Studio City, California, United States
  • Enclosure:Cage
  • TV Announcers:Jonathan King, Renato Laranja, Todd Keneley
  • Ring Announcer:Chris Gregory
  • Interviews: Jonathan King | Backstage:Marina Shafir
  • Number of MMA Bouts:13

 

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Manny Gamburyan Fight Night Tampa: Official Weigh-in

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Hyefighter  Manny Gamburyan (136 lbs) vs. John Dodson (135 lbs), UFC Fox 19 Saturday April 16th Tampa Florida.

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Vanes Martirosyan vs Erislandy Lara 2 May 21st

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Vanes Martirosyan vs Erislandy Lara 2 is on for May 21st!

Hyefighetr Vanes Martirosyan will face Erislandy Lara once again for a rematch on Saturday, May 21st. The event will be televised live on show time from The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas

Read more at premierboxingchampions.com

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CXF Friday March 4th at the Sportsmens Lodge

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By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report
On March 4th, Lights Out Promotions, in association with Bash Boxing, will present a reincarnation of sorts. California Xtreme Fighting has dusted off their banner of war, and once again it will be flying over the warriors inside of a cage. We are proud to present CXF: The Return, which will be held March 4th at The Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City.
Many of Southern California’s top fighters have cut their teeth under the CXF Banner including: Joe Schilling, Jared Hamman, Tony Ferguson, Joe Condon, Jared Papazian, Francisco Rivera, Aaron Miller and many others. Since CXF’s last event many have tried to fill the void, but none have been able.
“The Return” of CXF has one purpose. The combat gods have short memories, so we will jog their recollection by putting together one of the best fight cards of the year. CXF:”The Return” will feature some of southern California’s top mixed martial arts talent, all of them looking to move one step closer to the promise land. The main card will feature a mix of seasoned professionals, and talented young ‘up and comers’ that will end up being future champions in this sport. This is an event that cannot be missed, so get your tickets early. This event is certain to sell out.
The Main Event:
Pablo Sabori (6-2 MMA) vs Karen Darabedyan: (10-5 MMA) 155 lbs

Both fighters have well decorated pedigrees, and they both come from outstanding teams. Sabori a native Brazilian will be bringing his well rounded striking game into the cage, looking to turn lights out early. Darabedyan a grappler by trade, is also not one to shy away from a fire fight. He too has explosive hands with excellent footwork, so a toe-to-toe war is a possibility. However, he has been inactive in MMA for a little over a year. Will the ring rust be an issue? Sabori is currently riding a 4 fight win streak, and a hot horse is always tough to bet against. This fight could go either way, making all who witness the only sure fire guaranteed winners! Both of these guys are highly skilled, so this fight may produce any one, or maybe all of the performance bonuses! Buckle your seat belt and enjoy the ride.
The Main Card:
Shohei Yamamoto (2-0 MMA) vs Erick Gonzalez (4-1 MMA) 155 lbs

This is a very intriguing fight. Both of these fighters had absolutely stellar amateur careers, which resulted in success early on as professionals. Erick ‘The Ghost Pepper’ Gonzalez a spicy striker with power in both hands, has deadly Muay Thai strikes. He is extremely precise with his striking, and on the mat he has some explosive jiujitsu. Shohei Yamamoto is a well rounded fighter with knockout power in both hands. He also maintains a CSW pedigree which could make him a nightmare if he secures top position. Both of these guys are on the rise, what a treat to see them compete this early in there careers. Experts always claim styles make fights, and this one is not different. This fight may end up being the Fight of The Night.
Izic Fernandez (2-1 MMA) vs Marcos Bonilla (3-2 MMA) 145 lbs
Coming off a big win under the Combate Americas banner, Fernandez built some momentum coming into this fight with a highlight reel knockout in the first round of his fight. He will certainly need that power when he faces off with ‘The Matador’ Marcos Bonilla. Bonilla, a well rounded striker with nasty Muay Thai, is also looking to build off of a previous win. With the future at stake, both of these athletes are certainly eager to perform so you can expect fireworks in this one! You can expect this to be a candidate for Fight of the Night as well.
Mosses Murrieta (1-0 MMA) vs John Gendron (1-0 MMA) 185 lbs
What a matchup! Both of these guys seem to enjoy throwing their hands, and when they do, they tend to make a mess. Murrieta destroyed his last opponent via KO early in the first round, while Gendron recently slugged out a decision in his pro debut. Both of these guys can end the fight with one punch. Very often when you have that kind of power facing off, you end up getting a back and forth war. This fight could produce either Knockout of The Night, or Fight of The Night, or dare we dream both?
Matthew Spencer (3-1 MMA) vs Idris Wasi (1-3 MMA) 185 lbs
Both of these fighters are hungry. Losses can be motivating that way, they are tough to stomach. Idris Wasi is a cardio machine, who went the distance in his last fight, his debut under the Bellator banner. However he ended up on the wrong side of a judges decision. Now looking to punch his ticket back to the big leagues, Wasi must first ply his craft at CXF: The Return. His opponent Matthew Spencer is also coming off a disappointing loss, and is flat out chomping at the bit to get back in the cage. In Wasi, Spencer sees dinner, one he must first hunt himself. Spencer a jiujitsu purple belt with heavy hands has fought here before, and is banking on the hometown support. Both fighters are excellent athletes so this one might end up a going the distance in a back and forth war.
Bobby Sanchez (8-27 MMA) vs Derrion Chapman (1-4-1 MMA) 145 lbs
Sanchez comes in off a win, and brings over 10 years experience as a professional fighter. In his career he has fought UFC veteran Cody McKenzie, Bellator MMA and WEC vet Chad George, Bellator MMA veteran Mark Vorgeas, and WEC legend Manny Tapia. He will need to rely on that experience as he is set to take on the always entertaining Derrion Chapman. Chapman returns to our cage for the 4th time and is looking to put an end to a 2 fight skid. Both of these guys are pretty quick, so don’t blink.
Taylor Alfaro (0-0 MMA) vs Kyler Phillips (0-0 MMA) 145 lbs
Both of these fellas are making their professional debuts after stellar records as amateurs. Neither has tasted defeat before, going a combined 10-0 as amateurs. With 8 of those fights ending decisively, by either submission or knockout this is a fight you will not want to miss. Two young guns looking to make a name at the others expense. This fight could go either way, and may end up producing a future champion.
Chase Gibson (MMA) vs A.J. Bryant (MMA) 145 lbs
Chase Gibson burst on to the professional scene as an undefeated amateur with a whole bunch of eyes on him. Three fights into his career he finds himself in the midst of his first losing streak. Losing 2 of his first 3 bouts via decision, Gibson is certainly looking to getting back to his forte, which is knocking people out. In his way talented youngster A.J. Bryant who is making his professional debut. Bryant, a heavy handed scrapper, is eager to start his pro career the way his amateur one ended with a victory.
 
Brad Robinson (1-1 MMA) vs Andryii Vasylenko (3-0 MMA) 220lbs
Training out of Hayastan MMA, Andryii Vasylenko enters the professional ranks with one hell of a pedigree behind him. The concrete fisted grappler can end any fight in an instant, either with his vicious hands, or on the mat with his stifling grappling. At 6’5 Bradley Robinson will be the first opponent Vasylenko won’t be able to dominant with sheer size. If Robinson can utilize his reach he should be able to keep the fight at a range where only he can score. This fight is going to end being a battle of will, look for both fighters to assert themselves early in this battle.
 
Keith Cutrone (0-0 MMA) vs Edgar Khachatryan (0-0 MMA) 170 lbs
Both of these fighters are making their professional debuts. Cutrone, a submission expert has won all three of his amateur bouts via the tap, is looking to parlay that success into a debut win as a professional. His opponent Edgar Khachatryan also making his debut fights out of the famed Hayastan Academy, where he trains under grappling gods Gokor Chivichyan and Gene Lebell. With those guys leading your camp, you can expect a well prepared fighter ready to go to war. Keep in mind these guys are middleweights, so pay attention. Both of these guys throw bricks!
 
Tigran Grigoryan (0-0 MMA) vs Joshua Jones (0-1 MMA) 170 lbs
Both Grigoryan and Jones had extensive amateur careers. Jones is getting back into the cage for the first time since 2014 and is looking to bounce back from a loss in his pro debut. Grigoryan 4-1 as an amateur, is entering the pro ranks riding a 4 fight win streak, with 2 of those wins coming via submission. Grigoryan may maintain a slight edge on the mat, however Jones has much more time in the cage, and that experience could prove to be the difference maker. Also, both of these guys have the gas to go the distance, so keep a score card on this one, it could end up being that close.
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Karo Murat media day at GFC

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HyeFighter Karo Murat is in Glendale CA and is ready to take on Sullivan Barrera televised on HBO Latino Dec. 12th from Glendale civic auditorium.

 

 

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Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Daniel Weichel Bellator 147

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HyeFighter Georgi Karakhanyan will take on Daniel Weichel at Bellator MMA 147 Dec. 4 in San Jose CA.

Main Card (Spike TV):

Lightweight Feature Bout: Josh Thomson (21-8, 1 NC) vs. Pablo Villaseca (10-1)
Featherweight Feature Bout: Georgi Karakhanyan (24-4-1) vs. Daniel Weichel (35-9)
Lightweight Feature Bout: Patricky Freire (14-6) vs. Derek Anderson (12-2, 1 NC)
Light Heavyweight Feature Bout: Virgil Zwicker (14-4-1) vs. Brian Rogers (11-8)
Lightweight Feature Bout: Adam Piccolotti (6-0) vs. Mario Soto (6-1)

 

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team GFC take on Australia

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The weigh-ins are done and Team GFC is ready to take on UFC 193.

The HyeFighters at GFC have been getting Ronda ready for her fight, and it looks like it will be an explosive one.

 

 

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In Australia Hyefighters Edmond Tarverdyan and Martin Berberyan have wasted no time to get the Champ ready but also have had some time to catch up with one of our other beloved Hyefighter Vic Darchinyan who will be fighting in December this year.

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HyeFighters.com wishes the best of luck to your fighters and community in Australia.

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HyeFighter Gegard Mousasi Wants To Fight Anderson Silva

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In one of the most polite call-outs in recent UFC history, UFC middleweight Gegard Mousasi made an appearance on UFC Tonight and revealed he was looking for a matchup with former champion and pound-for-pound kingpin Anderson Silva for his next fight.

“I would like to fight as fast as possible. Anderson Silva, I believe, would be a good fight,” said Mousasi. “I wouldn’t have anything to lose. I don’t know if it’d be a good matchup for him or if it’s a fight that he wants. But for me the reward would huge. So I like that fight.”

Mousasi (37-6-2), a former Strikeforce, Cage Warriors and Dream champion, is currently looking to get back into the win column after suffering a violent second round spinning back kick knockout to Uriah Hall at UFC Fight Night 75.

Prior to this victory ‘The Dreamcatch’ torched mixed martial arts icon Dan Hendeson with a first round TKO at UFC on FOX 13 in January.Mousasi currently holds an outstanding 31 career stoppage victories, including 19 by way of knockout, and UFC record of 3-3.

Silva (34-6) is currently serving a suspension for a failed an out-of-competition drug test administrated by the NSAC ahead of his UFC 183 bout against Nick Diaz. It was later revealed, Silva also failed his UFC 183 post-fight drug test after testing positive for drostanolone again as well as the anti-anxiety medication Oxazepam and Temazepam,

The Brazilian currently holds several UFC records including the longest win streak in UFC history (16), which included a UFC title reign that lasted a company record six years, eight months and 22 days. But what’s even more amazing is that during his reign as the 185-pound champion, all but two of Silva’s wins came by way TKO, KO or submission.

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UFC 193: Team GFC and Ronda Rousey travel to Australia

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HyeFighter Edmond Tarverdyan and Martin Berberyan have traveled to Australia whit Ronda Rousey for her fight at UFC 193. Ronda will be facing Holly Holm on Saturday, November 14th.

HyeFighters.com wishes team GFC the best on there road to victory!

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THE DOCTOR IS BACK!!!

 

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by: Leo Poroshin

Hye Fighter extraordinaire Giorgio Petrosyan convincingly defeated the young Canadian fighter Josh Jauncey via a UD at GLORY 25 in Milan, making his triumphant return to that organization and establishing himself as a prime contender for the belt. Congrats, Doctor!!!

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A Word with Our Friend (Dave Walsh Interview)

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by Leo Poroshin

Armenian kickboxers are among the best in the world.  Starting with the phenomenal Giorgio Petrosyan, about to make his Glory return, HyeFighters made their presence felt on the kickboxing circuit, winning top honors and accolades.  We are honored and proud to write about their accomplishments.

In this we are greatly aided by David Walsh, an American writer.  His site, Liverkick.com, is amazingly comprehensive, and he seems to never miss an event, giving it due coverage.  It’s especially impressive considering how much kickboxing is still, unfortunately, unknown to American fans at large, most of whom are barely aware of this entertaining, fast-paced, and physical combat sport.  We have conducted an interview with Dave, to find out more about how he came to be the champion and chronicler of kickboxing, and what he thinks of Giorgio’s chances and Armenian kickboxers.

 

1) First of all, thank you for your time. Let’s start by telling a bit about yourself-what you do, how long you have been operating your site, what your aspirations are?

Dave Walsh: Oh man, well, first off, I’m an American, which when it comes to kickboxing and running a site about kickboxing seems like an anomaly of sorts. I’ve done a lot of things in my 32 years, including being a professional musician, worked in PR, have ran a bunch of sites covering MMA and kickboxing and am a novelist, currently finishing up my third novel and working on a fourth as well because who needs a break, right?

I started a kickboxing blog in 2009 after helping to run an MMA site for a few years. MMA had kinda gotten stale to me (I started watching in the mid-90’s, mind you) but kickboxing had never lost its luster, so I looked around and saw that there were a ton of MMA sites, all regurgitating the same news stories. Everything was copy and paste, maybe splash a few malformed opinions in there and they were doing well. As a fan of kickboxing I was frustrated that these MMA sites were covering the sport so exhaustively and that they had all branched out to cover stuff like BJJ competitions and amateur wrestling while completely ignoring professional kickboxing. So I started a site alongside Fraser Coffeen (who is now over at BloodyElbow) called K-1 Legend where we set out with two goals; give kickboxing the same kind of coverage that other sports were getting and to get bought out by a major blog network. We put a lot of work in and everyone was linking to our coverage and within a matter of months SBNation (now Vox) bought us out, brought us on board and we started HeadKickLegend.com.

That went really well and quickly became *the* kickboxing site for most people, but the money was just not good (even though the traffic was steadily building) and I got an offer from MiddleEasy to start my own site up (again) to be a part of a network they were launching. This meant selling my own ads and actually seeing the revenue from it and having more control over all of it, it also meant that anything that was published was owned by myself, not the site network like the previous one. In retrospect it kinda sucked having to completely rebuild the site’s traffic like that and that promise of greater fortunes didn’t materialize for years. Oh yeah, and the sport of kickboxing “died” and came back within that span of time.

What’s funny is that right now isn’t looking too different, in the grand scheme of things. Oh kickboxing.

2) Obviously, you’re a great fan of kickboxing, muay thai, and kyokushin karate. Can you tell us what drew you to these particular sports?

DW: As a kid I really, really loved Bruce Lee and I thought the idea of the whole one night tournament thing was really cool. At the time I was about 11 and I was taking Kenpo, this was just after the first few UFCs happened and a few of us were talking about it like kids would. You know, none of us really understood it and were pretty sure that people were fighting to the death like in Bruce Lee movies, even if they weren’t. Our instructor was a weird, surfer/stoner dude that we all respected a lot and he overheard the conversation and basically said “that stuff is bullshit.”

That was enough to catch my attention, what could be better than essentially the game Pit Fighter on PPV? He talked about this thing in Japan, K-1, that was some big tournament of the best kickboxers (you know, like JCVD) in the world. I bit, borrowed a tape from him and saw Peter Aerts’s 1994 K-1 World Grand Prix run and I was hooked. Getting these events on tape in the US was a bit difficult, but within a few years the internet and tape trading was helping with that. I was big into Japanese pro wrestling as well in the late 90’s so I’d just get anything that I could get my hands on from Japan, from wrestling to Pancrase, Shooto, RINGS and whatever else, but K-1 was always my favorite.

I think the biggest thing for me was that it felt larger-than-life. K-1 was the right mix of real fighting with that pro wrestling pageantry. It was still real and had that visceral appeal to it, but it was impossible to watch it and not feel like it was the most important show on Earth.
3) In terms of marketing, fan interest, revenues, I think it’s fair to say that in USA (as well as Russia and some other markets) kickboxing is currently treated as a distant third cousin of professional boxing and MMA. Would you agree that it’s an unhealthy dynamic? And how can this public mindset be changed?

DW: MMA is kind of the juggernaut right now, which is funny because for a while it’s popularity was really waning. This year has seen a resurgence for the UFC on PPV here in the States, but the sport doesn’t have that same kind of mass appeal that it did a few years back. Back then it was sort of fresh and new feeling, now it’s just another thing to watch every Saturday. Boxing is hot and cold, but man, kickboxing is just non existent.

Part of the problem is that kickboxing hasn’t been a part of the culture and many link it to the strip mall karate boom of the 1980’s thanks to stuff like the Karate Kid. That helped to solidify martial arts as something for nerds or children. Professional kickboxing did exist here and we had some decent exports like Benny Urquidez, Rick Roufus, Don Wilson and a host of others, but a lot of them made their names internationally, not in America. Kickboxing briefly aired on TV here, but kickboxing can’t ever get its shit together and somehow always falls into the hands of the corrupt and that didn’t last long.

GLORY on Spike was really the first time that kickboxing had been on American TV (other than ESPN3 at 3am or whatever K-1 had, or K-1 on HDnet) since the early 90’s. The problem now is that MMA is the norm, it took those old notions about martial arts and turned it into this “bro” sport. Now that jock from high school can say he “trains MMA” and gets to pound on people and call it martial arts even though it is an entirely different concept than what most martial arts teach. People view kickboxing as a “part” of MMA, not as its own sport (the same with muay thai), so they somehow view it as not as technical, complicated or valuable.

I remember back to GLORY 10 and Ron Kruck was interviewing Laura Prepon, who starred in That 70’s Show and Orange is the New Black. She’s a well known MMA nut and loves grappling, so he asks her what she thinks and she said it was cool, fun, but that it wasn’t as complicated as MMA or BJJ. I feel like that sums up how MMA people look at kickboxing and it’s ridiculous.

At this point I’m not sure how you change it other than just having it readily available. The big change needs to be athletes choosing kickboxing over boxing and MMA, but with big name kickboxers opting to try their hand at boxing and MMA this is looking like a bit of a dead end.

4) This may echo an earlier question, but what, to you, makes kickboxing a “watchable” sport, what makes watching it a rewarding experience? What is its potential to reach a wider audience, that is-to develop a broad fan base?

DW: Man, I really feel like kickboxing could be so huge if people would just give it a chance. A big issue over the last year or so is that GLORY had the platform, but they kinda blew all of their money early on. Instead of being consistent with the quality of their shows, they had to scale back and some of the more recent shows have just been trashfires of cards with a solid main event. I get it, I get why they were doing it and what their intentions were, but if I had tuned in for the first time to GLORY San Diego I’d probably never watch it again.

Kickboxing has always been exciting and the top talent out there are amazing to watch. Those guys need to be front-and-center, but at the same time I understand those guys need to make as much money as they can while they are in their primes, so I don’t blame Saki or Spong for holding out for more money, or Rico, Nieky and van Roosmalen looking for big paydays outside of the sport.

Right now kickboxing is so fragmented and really only has local appeal in each market. If you are living in the Netherlands you only care about Dutch kickboxers, if you are in Romania you think these Romanian guys are the best, if you live in Italy you want to see Petrosyan, if you live in Spain you want to see these Spanish guys and so on and so on. This kind of stuff has led to the sport not being accessible to the general public beyond that one area. Hell, even K-1 was a Japanese product aimed at Japanese fans.

You’ve seen GLORY stumbling around the past few years trying to remain “international” but to appeal to American audiences because there is more money to be made in the US market and desperately clawing at any American to be their breakout star. There needs to be a shift in marketing to the entire sport and somebody willing to promote all of the best fighters under one roof. That’s what the UFC did and you know what? They didn’t need only American stars to grow in the US. At certain points in their history most of their titles have been held by Brazilians who still sold PPVs for them.

5) Would you say that Glory is making strides to be a heir apparent of K-1 as a main promotional company for kickboxing? What other worthwhile promotions can you mention and how well do they do the job of presenting the sport and creating interesting shows?

DW: No. I mean that with all due respect to them. There are a lot of people within that organization that I know pretty well now, that I respect and really want to see succeed, but they have made too many mistakes that have cost them dearly over the past year or so. Everyone can see that post-GLORY 17/Last Man Standing they are struggling. K-1 was unique in that they had the backing of a major broadcast television network in Japan. Fujii TV and TBS (Fujii for K-1 WGP, TBS for K-1 MAX) were paying millions of dollars for those shows to happen, they were promoting them everywhere and people tuned in. People loved it. Ties with organized crime (which are everywhere in combat sports) were their ruin and there was a major public image crisis because of that.

That being said, the next big thing in kickboxing could very well be K-1 Japan. I don’t know if you guys have been watching those shows, but they are the absolute best events going right now, the best roster of talent and it’s really picking up steam in Japan right now. Funny how that works, right?

Right now is weird for kickboxing. It very much feels like late 2010 all over again in that people are just waiting for GLORY to fold but there is no It’s Showtime to carry the torch right now. SuperKombat has made attempts to expand beyond the Romanian borders a few times now and I like them, but I’m not sure how they’ll succeed promoting Romanian fighters throughout Europe. Morosanu and the Stoicas are a big deal in Romania, but if you take them to Belgium or somewhere like that you’ll just have Dutch fans craving one of their locals destroying them, that’s it. If they can diversify? They could make a big dent in Europe.

I’ve always been a fan of Carlo di Blasi’s style of promoting and I was really bummed when Fight Code didn’t work out, but Venum Victory World Series feels like a spiritual successor in a lot of ways, we’ll have to see how their 2016 looks. Enfusion seem to be happy in their role as a small-time league promoting up-and-comers, which is good for them.

Honestly, the biggest thing going right now is Kunlun, though. China is the next market that is going to explode for kickboxing. There is a lot of money to be made there if you are willing to play by their rules, there are a lot of people to watch. Some of those K-1 Global shows in China pulled in monster TV ratings, like dozens of millions of viewers. They kinda bungled their chance there, though. I’m not sure what happened, I think that they wanted more than the Chinese government was willing to give, but they were putting on shows featuring Chinese fighters and that’s what they want over there. If Kunlun or WLF can keep up their momentum we’ll see China as the next Japan as the mecca for kickboxing.

 

7) Over the years we saw several notable examples of MMA fighters taking part in kickboxing and vice versa (Crocop, Gegard, Alistair, Semmy Schilt, etc). What’s your take on this and do you see a potential benefit for both sports?

DW: If you would have asked me back in 2009 and 2010 I could have said that yes, there was a benefit to this kind of crossover. The atmosphere was so different then, though. K-1 was the juggernaut and were able to offer their fighters a chance to switch over to MMA without breaching a contract and it felt important. The only game in town right now for fighters who want to make money is the UFC and the UFC isn’t going to allow someone to take kickboxing fights.

Now? Damn, it’s bad. When a kickboxer decides to try their hand at MMA it feels more like feeling out career opportunities than it did before. K-1 and DREAM being intertwined led to some great moments, but without that kind of relationship between a kickboxing organization and an MMA organization? Yikes. Bellator and GLORY could have done that, SHOULD have done that, but no.

Not a fan of it.
7) Tempted to ask, who do you think is the best Armenian fighter out there, but I think we all know the answer to that. So, to rephrase the question-what are your thoughts on Giorgio Petrosyan’s place in the development of the sport? What impression did his comeback made on you so far? Do you think he’ll be able to reclaim his position at the top of the rankings, and what would it take?

DW: Ha! Yeah, it’d have to be Petrosyan, wouldn’t it? I’ve always been a huge fan of his. He’s so immensely talented and fun to watch. He’s actually not traditionally fun to watch, like you aren’t watching Mike Zambidis or anything, but his technique is just killer. When you are watching him you know that you are watching a once-in-a-lifetime talent.

I’m not sure how I feel about his comeback thus far. Not to knock his opposition thus far, because they’ve been pretty good, they aren’t at the level of the top guys in the division. He’s looked… human against them, which concerns me. He’s not slipping every strike anymore, he’s getting hit a bit more and a part of me worries that if he keeps going we’re going to see a very good fighter, but not the fighter that we saw before. That we’ll lose that special thing that we had in him where we could all say without any trepidation that he is the best fighter alive in any sport.

He’s got a tall order in front of him with facing Jauncey as a come back to GLORY, then fight either Robin or Sitthichai (probably Sitthichai?) to reclaim his throne. I don’t envy that task.
8) Petrosyan’s next fight, a return to Glory, is coming up. His opponent is an up-and-coming young Canadian fighter Josh Jauncey. What can you say about Jauncey? Do you think it will be a good fight, and if so-why?

DW: Josh is a very good fighter and I think that a lot of people underrate him. The fight against Sitthichai showed some holes in his game, but his mentality was that he had to get through the first fight, he never really thought that he’d get to fight Sitthichai and he just kinda froze. He’s still very young and he was the one that was actively pursuing this fight with Petrosyan. Did his team see something he could exploit? I don’t know, but when someone actively pursues a fight against a guy who was once the very top guy but had a bit of a fall there is usually a reason.

If Jauncey wins this is the biggest win of his young career and he can claim to be one of two people to beat Giorgio Petrosyan.

I do think it’ll be a good fight, though. Petrosyan has shown some issues possibly with confidence since his return, he’s getting hit and Jauncey will look to exploit this, I think. But at the same time, landing 1 strike on Giorgio Petrosyan and throwing 10 to land that one opens up a load of possibilities for Petrosyan to counter, which has always been his specialty. I really wish these fights were longer because I don’t think that three rounds will give a satisfying outcome to this.
9) What other Armenian fighters have impressed you? Any that you’d advise to keep an eye on, perhaps young ones or fighting in regional circuits?

DW: If we are counting Petrosyan, I want to say the Grigorians. Marat and Harut are tremendous fighters and of late, Marat in particular is really one of the best in the world at such a competitive weight class. Not too sure about the regional stuff, there is so much stuff going on that it’s hard to always keep track of. I try, but just not enough hours in the day sometimes.
10) Finally, anything else you’d like to say to the fans of kickboxing, Armenian and in general?

DW: Just keep your head up. Kickboxing is great and we all know it, it’s just other people that haven’t caught the fever yet. But as long as we keep pushing forward with it they’ll take notice. Support your favorite fighters (but do it respectfully, their opponents have friends, family and fans just like you) and support the fighters that are good, positive role models. It’s very much in vogue to like these guys who come across as tough guys who are involved in some shady stuff and really, that’s what holds the sport back.

Look for the good guys, they are out there, and let them know that you appreciate them.

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An Impressive Progress, Erik Bazinyan (interview)

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by Leo Poroshin

 

In 2013, HyeFighters.com has announced that Erik Bazinyan is turning pro.  In just over two years, the talented 20-year old prospect has accomplished an impressive professional record, standing at a perfect 10-0 (with 7 of those wins coming via a knockout).  While continuing to follow Erik’s promising career and to cheer him on, HyeFighters.com takes a moment to catch up with Erik and ask him a few questions.

 

HyeFighters: First of all, congrats on your recent victory, on the 24th. How do you feel after win #10?

Erik Bazinyan: Thank you! I feel great, gotta work hard to continue the wins.

HyeFighters: When do you expect your next fight to take place?

EB: Maybe December 12.

HyeFighters: Your last bout was at super middleweight, if I’m not mistaken? Do you intend to stay at that?

EB: I am fighting at super middleweight, yes.

HyeFighters: What are your goals at the ring in the immediate future?

EB: My goal is one! To become world champion!

HyeFighters: Awesome to hear! Where do you live and train, and who is your coach?

EB: I live in Canada, Montreal.  My coach is Howard Grant, he’s a former Olympian (editor’s note: also, silver medalist at World Championship, coached Georges St.-Pierre).  And my second coach is Otis Grant, former WBO world champion.

HyeFighters: How long have you lived in Canada? Where are you originally from?

EB: I was born and lived in Armenia, Yerevan.  I moved to Canada when I was 16.  In 2011.  Now I’m 20 years old and it’s been 4 years that I lived in Canada

HyeFighters: How old were you when you first started boxing? What got you interested in it? Who were your first coaches?

EB: I was 13.  Artur Abraham.  And my first coaches wer Armen Hovhannisyan and Arman Harutyunyan, at Vladimir Yengibaryan boxing school.

HyeFighters: Does Montreal have a sizable Armenian community?

EB: Yes, Montreal has a big community, which is behind me at every fight.

HyeFighters: What hobbies/interests do you have outside of ring? What is your favorite Armenian food?

EB: One of my hobbies is travelling and shopping! My favorite food is Armenian BBQ.

HyeFighters: In addition to Arthur Abraham, who are some of your favorite Armenian fighters? How about others, who were your role models growing up?

EB: Artur and Vic.

HyeFighters: It’s noted that so far you won a majority of your fights by a knockout. Would you categorize yourself as primarily a puncher, or are there more weapons in your arsenal?

EB: I’m a technician. I’m a smart boxer, and at the same time I can hit pretty hard too.

HyeFighters: What music do you like listening to?

EB: I like to listen to deep house and hip hop.

HyeFighters: Is “Bzo” your nickname? If so, what does it mean?

EB: Bzo is my nickname since I’m 6 years old. It’s a shortcut of Bazinyan, my last name. They all know me as Bzo in Armenia

HyeFighters: Finally, any words for your fans out there?

EB: I wanna thank my fans for supporting me and showing love.

 

HyeFighters.com wishes Erik the best, and hopes to see him achieve further triumphs in the ring soon.

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Fight Night 4 Weigh-ins+prefight interviews

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Weigh-ins are done and we are set for the last Fight Night of this year. HyeFighter Levon Sargsyan and Karen Darabedyan’s opponents did not make the weigh-ins and were unfortunately dropped from the card. We still have 4 Hyefighters fighting tonight and they are all ready!

here is what went down yesterday at the weigh-ins.

Tickets may still be available! go to www.valleyfightnight.com

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Fight Night 4

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Once again the unholy union that is LightsOut Promotions and Bash Boxing, will take over the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City California for one of the most competitive fight cards they have ever put together. They leave you salivating for more fights and often, but you understand the time between cards when you see the match ups that take place. It truly is a proving grounds of MMA. For young fighter this is the place to find out if you have what it takes, for those veterans who find themselves in the midst of a transition, this is the perfect cage to keep balance to a name on the brink.

by: Jonathan King

Read more at The Clinch Report

3 more Armenians, Leon Shahbazian, Tigran Grigoryan and David Yeghiazaryan have joined the fight card along side HyeFighters Alfred Khashakyan, Levon Sargsyan and Karen Darabedyan.

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The Final Countdown David Lemieux vs. Gennady Golovkin

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by Leo Poroshin
HyeFighter David Lemieux is all weighed-in and set for, perhaps, the most important bout of his life-a fights for IBF, IBO, and WBA World middleweight belts, as well as the interim WBC World title. His opponent is the hard-hitting former Olympic silver medalist Gennady Golovkin from Kazakhstan, who brings his perfect 33-0 record to the storied Madison Square Garden, including an astounding 30 KOs. Many view the fast-rising GGG as a clear favorite. They forget that Lemieux’s record is just as impressive. Still only 26 years old, David stands at 34-2, with 31 KOs! Though he only recently won his IBF World title, he didn’t hesitate to put it all on the line against the fighter so fearsome that many choose to move in weight or downright avoid him. hyefighters.com wishes David the best (we were among the first to recognize his skills and talent) and cheers for him in what promises to be a rewarding battle for all who love good boxing. Hajoghut’yun, David!
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Fight Night 4 Oct 23rd. at the Sportsmen’s Lodge

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Night of MMA Fights 12 bouts, a Must See event.

HyeFighters Alfred Khashakyan, Levon Sargsyan and Karen Darabedyan will be taking part at this event.

General Admission $50
Reserved Seating $75
Ringside $150
VIP tables are available

for tickets email. tickets@teamlightsout.com
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More info visit. www.teamlightsout.com www.bashboxing.com or www.valleyfightnight.com

 

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Vardan Sholinian Vs. Cameron Diffley Oct. 9th

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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

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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

 

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

 

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Hyefighters.com wishes him the best.

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UUW World Wrestling Championship

 

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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.

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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)

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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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Giorgio Petrosyan KO full fight

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A True Return

HyeFighter Giorgio “The Doctor” Petrosyan, long heralded as the best kickboxer in the world, took another big step toward reclaiming his position at the top by defeating Xu Yuan in Dunhuang, China, via a 3rd round KO, and winning the Hero Legends -70kg Championship.

Petrosyan’s most dominant victory since his return from injury-related absence.  The dominant Doctor of a few years ago appears to be back in prime form.  Taking on a very respectable opponent (Yuan has victories over such notable fighters as Mike Zambidis and Yuya Yamamoto to his credit) on his home turf, Petrosyan left him virtually no chance, displaying the clinical technique and assured ring generalship for which he is widely acclaimed.

 

Round 1 began with a typical testing exchange, but Petrosyan’s supremacy soon became apparent.  Yuan could hardly land anything, while Giorgio tested him with various punches and kicks.

In Round 2, Yuan tried to be more aggressive, but soon again found himself on the defensive.  He was forced to cover head against Petrosyan’s blistering attacks, which allowed Giorgio to work the body.  To his credit, Yuan attempted several times to turn the tide, at one point trying a spinning back fist, but those attempts proved futile-his every attack was met with a barrage of skillful combos by Petrosyan.  Giorgio had, by then, taken a complete control of the ring, and Yuan found himself against the ropes more often.

Round 3 continued in similar fashion, with Petrosyan deftly eluding Yuan’s attacks and countering with creative punch-kick combinations.  About a minute into the round, Petrosyan rocked Yuan with a push-kick into the abdomen, and then followed with a punching combo.  As a cornered Yuan raised his arms to protect his head, Petrosyan struck his opponent’s open midsection with the left knee, leaving Yuan gasping on the canvas.  The fight was swiftly stopped by the referee.

A very convincing win number 78 for The Doctor, and a treat for the fans of his extraordinary talent.  The kickboxing world will be eagerly awaiting his upcoming fights.

by Leo Poroshin

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Vanes Martirosyan vs Ishe Smith Sept 12th MGM Las Vegas

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On September 12th HyeFighter Vanes Martirosyan will take on Ishe Smith at MGM Grand Las Vegas NV. 

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