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Edmond Tarverydan, Alberto Crane ready for Chaos

Local trainers/fighters headline hybrid 'Chaos at the Casino 2' fighting card on Saturday.

December 20, 2012|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • Edmond Tarverdyan's charges at the Glendale Fighting Club include Ultimate Fighting Championship women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
Edmond Tarverdyan's charges at the Glendale Fighting… (Roger Wilson/Staff…)

Training fighters is nothing new for Edmond Tarverdyan or Alberto Crane.

Neither is standing center stage and competing.

But when the roles are intertwined and come crashing to a head, things can get a little chaotic. Perhaps that’s the theme for Saturday night’s Lights Out Promotions “Chaos at the Casino 2” hybrid fighting event, which will feature a mix of muay Thai kickboxing, boxing and mixed martial arts, with Glendale’s Crane and Tarverdyan set to compete against Daniel McWilliams and Dominic Gutierrez, respectively, as headliners of the card emanating from Hollywood Park and Casino.

“I just look at it as excitement. I’m definitely coaching a lot more than fighting lately,” said Crane, who lives in Glendale and runs Burbank Gracie Barra. “We’re all kind of excited for each other.”

Crane prodigies Damian Marzett and Rob Gooch will also be fighting on the card in MMA bouts, while Tarverdyan’s longtime trainee Gapo Tolmajyan will be boxing.

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“I’ve been doing a better job of it,” said Tarverdyan of balancing his own training at the Glendale Fighting Club with preparing his charges, which include Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, UFC featherweight Manny Gamburyan and rising boxers Art Hovhannisyan and Tolmajyan. “It was tougher [the first time]. Now, I worked out my hours better.”

Tarverdyan (1-0), a former muay Thai kickboxer and well-regarded striking coach, made his MMA debut at the first Chaos event May 5 and won via a first-round knockout. This time around, he’s going for another knockout against journeyman Gutierrez (4-14), who’s never been knocked out, in their 155-pound lightweight bout.

“I’m gonna change that,” Tarverdyan said. “I love to fight people like that, I like a challenge.”

Tarverdyan is set to be cornered by Rousey, Gamburyan and Andy Dermenjyan, his wrestling coach.

“For this fight I’ve got a great corner,” Tarverdyan, 31, said.

Rousey recently had her first UFC title bout against Liz Carmouche on Feb. 23 announced, while Gamburyan’s fight against Chad Mendes the same night was announced Wednesday. Hence, Tarverdyan, described by Rousey as “the most unselfish person” when it comes to balancing himself and preparing his fighters, had already begun breaking down his charges’ bouts.

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