GLENDALE — Having fought their way through the Southern California mixed-martial-arts scene, working up the ladder at shows in the likes of Long Beach, El Monte and Ontario, Sako Chivichyan and Sevak Magakian, like most in their sport, aspired to one day make it to the grand stage of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
That day has come.
The two Glendale fighters have been selected to be part of the 28-fighter cast looking to fight its way into the house for the 12th season of Spike TV's and the UFC's "The Ultimate Fighter" reality show.
"It was like a dream come true," Chivichyan said of the opportunity.
The show wrapped filming in July, but due to contractual limitations, fighters were unable to talk about their involvement until today, when an official UFC/Spike TV press release confirmed all 28 cast members. The fighters themselves, having started the process with an open casting call in April in Charlotte, N.C., received news that they were selected in early June just before filming began in Las Vegas.