EL MONTE — On a night of fights filled with local highlights, as Glendale-trained fighters Sevak Magakian, Ando Dermenjyan and Sako Chivitchyan were all impressive in victory, it was the main event that left area mixed martial arts fans stunned — and frightened.
Making his mixed martial arts return after a near 10-month hiatus, Glendale’s Roman “The Emperor” Mitichyan was on the receiving end of a brutal knockout loss against Jason Meaders in the finale of a California Xtreme Fighting card at the El Monte Expo Center late Thurday night.
Meaders (5-7) landed consecutive right hooks coming out of the clinch that led to the stunning upset and led to Mitichyan (9-3) falling backwards unconscious onto the mat 2 minutes and 41 seconds into the third and final round. Mitichyan, who protested being fitted with a neck brace, was stretchered out of the ring and taken by ambulance to USC Medical Center late Thursday night. He was released early Friday morning.