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A Who's Who in the Glendale Fight Scene

June 04, 2010|A Who's Who in the Glendale Fight Scene

Vacho Avagyan – Boxer resides and trains in Glendale. Owns a 2-1 record.

George Bastrmajyan – The quintessential guy behind the guy, the North Hollywood resident is a cutman, manager, matchmaker and former kickboxer. Linked closest with Edmond Tarverdyan at the Glendale Fighting Club, where he manages the careers of Art Hovhannesyan, Artur Bernetsyan, Gapo Tolmajyan and Roman Mitichyan.

Artur Bernetsyan – New to Glendale, the boxer known as "The Punisher" is a busy fighter with a swarming style who made his victorious pro debut in Glendale and is 3-0 with two knockouts — all of his fights having come in 2010.

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Gokor Chivichyan – A legend in the fighting world, the North Hollywood trainer has lent his training services to seemingly every Glendale MMA fighter there is.

Sako Chivichyan – Glendale resident and younger cousin to Gokor is 5-0 on young career. Recently tried out for next season of "The Ultimate Fighter."

Alberto Crane - A former King of the Cage champion and two-time UFC veteran, the Glendale resident is 12-5 in MMA competition and is highly regarded for his grappling prowess as a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt and former world champ. Often trains at Main Event Gym, but also runs his own studios, Legacy Mixed Martial Arts, in Pasadena and Encino.

Karen Darabedyan - Known in MMA circles for his tremendous all-around game, the 9-2 fighter is arguably the most well-rounded of the current crop of Armenian fighters. Just 23, many view him as a rising star in the WEC lightweight division. The Glendale resident and Glendale High grad made his WEC debut in December of last year, decisioning former company champion Rob McCullough.

Andy Dermenjyan - Often trains at Main Event Gym and has amassed a 4-1 MMA record on the strength of a strong wrestling base.

Manny Gamburyan – UFC veteran is now the No. 2-ranked featherweight in the world of MMA and a likely contender to WEC champion Jose Aldo's belt. The Hollywood resident is a fixture in Glendale, training at Main Event and GFC. On many an occasion, also corners his fellow MMA fighters and the trio of boxers from the GFC. Record stands at 11-4.

Vardan "Vito" Gasparyan - A former fixture at the Glendale Fighting Club, Gasparyan set off on his own in early 2009 and took up with trainer Justin Fortune in Los Angeles. He's had some hard-luck bouts since then, going 0-1-1, but his overall record remains strong at 11-2-5. He was recently signed by Don King.

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