Within the confines of Alberto Crane's Gracie Barra Burbank studio sits a brand new cage, as the Glendale resident and Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt touts the growing presence of mixed martial arts inside his gym and beyond.
When he's not teaching classes or competing himself, Crane is also cornering a rising stable of fighters and lending his name to Alberto Crane's National Fighting Alliance Mixed Martial Arts, which will put forth its second Valley Invasion card tonight in Woodland Hills at the Warner Center Marriott.
From the get-go, Crane has emphasized that his hopes were to help with shows that would give local talent a platform to get fights and build up their careers in the cage.
"[We want to] keep on putting out good fights, good shows and, for me, build the fighters into future UFC fighters," said Crane, a two-time veteran of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Among the cavalcade of local Southern California fighters will be Glendale's Sevak Magakian (10-3), who will face Ismael Gonzalez (6-10) of Los Angeles in the night's co-main event.