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Magakian stands out at CalledOut

MMA: Glendale fighter wins by decision; Crane, Dermenjyan lose their bouts.

January 26, 2010|By Grant Gordon

ONTARIO — In the hours leading into his fight on Sunday night, Sevak Magakian wondered if he should even enter the cage.

His cornermen, in fact, advised him against it, given how poorly he felt after a sudden illness overtook him. But Magakian decided to go down swinging.

And, though visibly ill hours after his bout late Sunday night, Magakian was smiling ear to ear as he had grinded out an impressive unanimous victory over Jeremy Umphries in the co-main event of CalledOut MMA II at the Ontario Citizens Business Bank Arena.

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“I wasn’t feeling good. … I didn’t want to back out last minute,” said Magakian, who improved to 8-3 in his mixed martial arts career. “I tried to give 100%, but I probably didn’t.”

But the Glendale fighter did enough to win an exciting three-round lightweight (155 pounds) tilt with 29-28 scores across the board.

However, fortunes for other Glendale fighters in the main event and undercard were not as glorious.

In the main event of the evening, Glendale’s Alberto Crane lost a unanimous decision to Eagle Rock’s Albert Rios, as the latter out struck Crane and fended off the majority of his takedown attempts and didn’t let Crane’s world-class submission game enter the equation. It was scored 30-27 on all three judges’ scorecards.

Earlier in the night, Ando Dermenjyan, who trains locally at the Main Event Gym in Glendale, was knocked out by Mike Palo in the opening round of their featherweight (145 pounds) scrap.

Dermenjyan was dealt his first loss in stunning fashion during the fifth bout of the 10-fight card.

Seemingly looking to keep the fight standing, Dermenjyan was caught with a left uppercut from Palo that buckled the Team Hayastan fighter’s knees and dropped him to the canvas. A barrage of Palo punches followed, eliciting a stoppage from referee Herb Dean at the 1:31 mark of the first round.

When Palo (2-0) pushed the fight to the cage early, Dermenjyan (3-1) quickly circled off and got separation. Soon after, Dermenjyan connected on a textbook straight right that scored a flash knockdown on Palo. Dermenjyan later went down, but it appeared to be a stumble and he quickly regained standing position after Palo dropped down on him. Only moments later, Palo, a Team Quest product with a wrestling background, landed the fight-ending uppercut.

Magakian and Umphries (4-1) squared off in the night’s ninth fight.

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