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GFC controls Chaos

Open workout provides who's who preview of upcoming fight card.

April 14, 2012|By Gabriel Rizk
(Raul Roa/Staff…)

SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — Chaos at the Casino will feature over a dozen Armenian fighters with local connections across three different fighting disciplines — boxing, mixed martial arts and Muay Thai.

In the meantime, most of the principle figures set to compete on the May 5th card at Hollywood Park Casino can be found under one roof on Saturday mornings at the Glendale Fighting Club on Brand Boulevard.

Saturday's open workout at the GFC featured several of the fighters associated with the Hye Fighters community who will ply their trade at Chaos at the Casino, including GFC proprietor Edmond Tarverdyan, a former Muay Thai champion, who will use the venue to make his MMA debut.

"I'm getting in there and the guys I train are fighting on the same card, so hopefully I can get my fight done with quick so I can go corner them," said Tarverdyan, whose pupils Art "Lionheart" Hovhannisyan (boxing) and Roman Mitichyan (MMA) will have high-profile fights on the card. "Everybody pushes each other in a different way. But everybody's nice to each other and we work out hard together. We have almost the same schedule, we get together at the same time, so it's pretty cool."

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Hovhannisyan and Mitichyan were both present Saturday, along with fellow Chaos at the Casino combatants mixed martial artists Ara Muradyan and Sako Chivitchian, boxers Azat Hovhannesyan and Georgi Karakhanyan and Alfred Keshishyan, Sevak Ohanjanian and Ando Janoyan competing in Muay Thai.

"Having all my friends that I've trained with and fought on the same cards with, putting them all on the same card, I've always wanted to do that," said George Bastrmajyan, Tarverdyan's partner in Lights Out Promotions, which is putting on the card. "My last card I put on, I had five Armenians, now I have 14. I feel blessed that everybody can be and will be fighting on the card."

While many of the fighters at the GFC on Saturday have roots in various other camps across the region, from Gokor Chivichyan's Team Hayastan MMA Academy to SK Golden Boys Wrestling Club and Main Event gym, among others, the GFC remains a major epicenter of the Hye Fighters movement and a natural gathering place for training and sparring among its members.

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