Sevak Magakian looks back with pride at 'The Ultimate Fighter' experience

MMA: Glendale fighter will main event card on Nov. 23 as he continues his fighting career.

October 19, 2013|By Grant Gordon,
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Sevak Magakian, right, still watches "The Ultimate Fighter" when he can and reminisces on his time on the show years ago.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Sevak Magakian, right, still watches… (Raul Roa/Staff…)

This is the third in a series of articles examining the experiences of local fighters and coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter,” whether in past seasons or the current. The current season, “The Ultimate Fighter 18,” airs Wednesdays on Fox Sports 1, featuring Glendale-trained champion Ronda Rousey.

On a rare night in which his training schedule doesn’t conflict and Sevak Magakian finds himself in front of the television, he’ll tune into “The Ultimate Fighter.”

In the fall of 2010, Glendale’s Magakian was on the other side of the small screen, though, as part of the 12th season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” which pitted rivals Georges St. Pierre, still the Ultimate Fighting Championships welterweight champion, and then-challenger Josh Koscheck as opposing coaches.

With the initial season credited by many in leading to the popularity and growth of the UFC and mixed martial arts, in general, “The Ultimate Fighter” has served as a vehicle for up-and-coming fighters to try to find their way inside the UFC’s octagon.


For Magakian, though the Glendale resident was able to get into “The Ultimate Fighter” house, his quest to become a full-fledged UFC fighter is one that the 28-year old is still trying to realize. Still, he looks back with a smile to his days filming the show, which started in early June of 2010.

“When I get a chance, I watch it,” said Magakian of the show, which is now in the 18th season and features Ronda Rousey as a one of the head coaches opposite rival Miesha Tate. “You look at it and I’m like, ‘Damn, I was part of it.’ In five-10 years, it’s something I’ll tell my kids about.”

On Rousey’s Team Rousey coaching staff consists of Edmond Tarverdyan, Manny Gamburyan, Andy Dermenjian and Marina Shafir. In his MMA career, which is now approaching eight years, Magakian has trained with or at the same gyms as all of Rousey’s coaches. Currently, he still cuts his teeth at Main Event Gym in Glendale and Team Hayastan in North Hollywood, as he has for the duration of his career.

When he was an “Ultimate Fighter,” though, he was a member of Team Koscheck, along with longtime friend and teammate Sako Chivitchian. Before he was selected to any team or even set foot at the UFC gym in Las Vegas, Magakian got the call that he’d be on the show.

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