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Crane, Rousey victorious in King of the Cage

March 28, 2011|By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan, Special to the News-Press

TARZANA — An hour after his victory in the cage, Alberto Crane took a break from an intense night of action at King of the Cage's Turning Point card and realized something.

"We're creating something special here," said the mixed-martial-arts fighter, a Glendale resident.

The 600-plus fans at the Braemar Country Club saw something special Sunday night in not only Crane and his stable of fighters, but also in the professional debut of female fighter Ronda Rousey.

Rousey, who trains largely at the Glendale Fighting Club under the leadership of Edmond Tarverdyan and with Team Hayastan, embarrassed veteran Ediane Gomes. Rousey, a 24-year-old who won the bronze medal in judo in the 2008 Olympics, dispatched Gomez 25 seconds into the opening round with an armbar submission.


"She's one of the best athletes I have ever trained," Tarverdyan said. "She's awesome. I don't think anybody could beat her."

Gabe Rivas couldn't keep up with Crane in the night's opening fight.

A veteran of 18 mixed-martial-arts bouts who is a former King of the Cage champion, Crane fought first so he could focus on his fighters the remainder of the night.

Crane needed just two minutes to defeat Rivas (13-19-1) in a welterweight bout. Rivas started the bout with wild punches that Crane easily sidestepped. As soon as Crane took Rivas to the mat, "[Rivas] didn't stand a chance," said Rob Gleckman, who is also an instructor at Gracie Barra Pasadena, where Crane and his students train.

"You're not going to beat the best grappler in the world," Gleckman said.

Crane (14-5) won with an armbar submission, his 13th career submission victory. It was the 10th time that Rivas lost by a submission.

"It's truly my driving force," Crane said of his jiu jitsu game. "I've had a lot of success with it. It's my purpose."

One of his goals is to compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship for a third time.

Until he figures out his plans, the 34-year-old Crane says his focus is on being a husband and raising his three kids – Sevan, 3, Serineh, 2, and Sona, 2.

He's also mentoring a promising group of fighters.

Daniel Clarke, a 20-year-old from West Hills, won his pro debut, knocking out Jeremiah Ramage in 23 seconds in a lightweight fight.

"He's a beast," Crane said of Clarke.

Said Clarke, who dazed Ramage with a right hand before unloading a serious of vicious combinations that knocked his opponent to the floor: "I wanted to push the pace, make it my fight, not his."

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