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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | June 14, 2012
In search of the right path to mixed-martial-arts stardom, the journeys of Sevak Magakian and Karen Darabedyan have taken them to the country's heartland. On Saturday night at the O'Reilly Family Event Center in Springfield, Mo., the Glendale fighters will take an important step when they venture inside the cage at ShoFight MMA 20. For Magakian (10-3), who faces off with Strikeforce and Bellator veteran JP Reese (6-2), a former University of Missouri wrestling standout, in a lightweight contest upon the main card, it will be a hopeful last step - provided a victory is to be had - before venturing into the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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August 30, 2012
It was another win and another first-round submission for Glendale's Sevak Magakian on Thursday night at San Manuel Indian Casino and Bingo, as the local mixed-martial-arts fighter defeated Joe Condon at King of the Cage's “Mercenaries” event. Magakian (12-3) won his fifth straight bout, with three out of the last five coming by first-round stoppage. Overall, the Glendale Main Event Gym-trained fighter has collected nine submission wins with all of them coming in the first round.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | May 31, 2013
COMMERCE - When Sevak “Silverback” Magakian enters the cage, odds are the fight isn't going past the first round. Entering his 19th professional mixed martial arts bout on Friday night at the Commerce Casino for BAMMA USA's “Badbeat 9,” Magakian had claimed 10 of his 13 victories in the first round and two of his four losses had also come in the initial stanza. That trend continued on Friday evening, but unfortunately for Magakian, it came in the form of a stunning upset, as the Glendale fighter was submitted via heel hook by Eric Brown 57 seconds into the opening round of their lightweight (155 pounds)
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | September 10, 2010
GLENDALE — When 2009 ended, Karen Darabedyan's stock was rising as a burgeoning lightweight in the world of mixed martial arts. But since his World Extreme Cagefighting debut saw him defeat former company kingpin Rob McCullough in November of last year, Darabedyan has fallen upon a stunning two-fight losing streak for which he arrives at Saturday's Shark Fights 13 pay-per-view card in dire need of a victory and a change in momentum....
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By Grant Gordon | June 16, 2010
GLENDALE — The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene. ANOTHER NEW, BIG STAGE FOR FIGHTER Along Karen Darabedyan 's road to World Extreme Cagefighting, there were only seldom times in which his fighting career ventured away from California. But when Darabedyan boards a plane today to leave for his next WEC bout, he will once again find himself somewhere new — this time in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. "The cool thing is I tell my friends if it wasn't for fighting I probably wouldn't get out of Glendale," said the 9-2 Darabedyan, who will take on Will Kerr on Sunday night as part of WEC: Varner vs. Shalorus at Rexall Place in Edmonton.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | June 22, 2010
GLENDALE – Looking to rebound from a stunning defeat in his previous fight, Karen Darabedyan had a look of disbelief across his face on Sunday evening moments after disaster repeated itself for the up-and-coming Glendale mixed martial artist. Darabedyan lost his second consecutive bout, once more by armbar in the first round, as Will Kerr claimed an upset victory in their lightweight bout at WEC 49 from Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. "This is a huge, huge upset," proclaimed World Extreme Cagefighting color commentator Kenny Florian at the conclusion of the bout, which was the last of the untelevised undercard, but made air just before the card's main event.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | March 27, 2011
GLENDALE — For Alberto Crane, a veteran of 18 mixed-martial-arts bouts and countless grappling tournaments, his next fight — a three-round welterweight tilt against veteran Gabe Rivas at King of the Cage's Turning Point card today — poses no novel obstacles. "I know what I can do," Crane said. "What'll happen will happen. " But while it's business as usual in the cage for Crane, his nerves are a bit different outside of the cage when it comes to coaching, as the Glendale resident will lead a throng of his Gracie Barra students into competition at today's event at the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, which starts at 5:30 p.m. "It's a lot of these guys' pro debuts," said Crane, who's the head instructor at Gracie Barra Burbank and Pasadena.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | October 29, 2011
BURBANK - Burbank opened its doors to mixed martial arts on Saturday night, as Alberto Crane's National Fight Alliance presented "Valley Invasion" at the Burbank Marriott Convention Center. Headlined by Glendale's Sevak Magakian, a former "The Ultimate Fighter" cast member, claiming victory in his return to the cage, the nine-bout card thrilled a healthy throng of fight fans. "Finally, it's good to be back, to be back in the cage," said Magakian, cornered by Glendale fighter Karen Darabedyan, legendary trainer Gokor Chivichyan and Alex Ariza, who's Manny Pacquiao's strength and conditioning coach, "I'm never gonna stop, I'm gonna keep going.
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From Staff Reports and News-Press | June 2, 2010
GLENDALE — The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene. SIX LOCALS SET FOR JUNE BOUTS Vanes "The Nightmare" Martirosyan will not only be squaring off with "Mean" Joe Greene in the biggest fight of his young career on Saturday night, but the Glendale boxer will also begin quite a stretch of local boxers and mixed martial artists taking to their respective rings and cages. Martirosyan (27-0, 16-0 KOs) will face Greene (24-0, 13 KOs)
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By Grant Gordon | June 19, 2010
GLENDALE — Tucked away in suburban Van Nuys in the backroom garage of a handsome residential home is a rather modest-looking training ground of wrestling mats known as SK Golden Boys. Absent of frills, it is a no-nonsense atmosphere in which the likes of rising combatants such as Andy Dermenjyan, World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight title contender Manny Gamburyan and Karen Darabedyan, just more than a week removed from his next — and most important — WEC bout, are refining their already lauded grappling games.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | November 24, 2013
Sevak “Silverback” Magakian had to be carried out of the Hollywood Park and Casino late Saturday night after his mixed-martial-arts fight. But as cornermen Karen Darabedyan and Roma Kalentaryan carried him out, Magakian had a victorious smile across his face. Very much a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest, Magakian prevailed in Lights Out Promotions' “Chaos at the Casino 3” main event, earning a very hard-fought unanimous decision over Chris Saunders in their three-round lightweight bout.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | May 31, 2013
COMMERCE - When Sevak “Silverback” Magakian enters the cage, odds are the fight isn't going past the first round. Entering his 19th professional mixed martial arts bout on Friday night at the Commerce Casino for BAMMA USA's “Badbeat 9,” Magakian had claimed 10 of his 13 victories in the first round and two of his four losses had also come in the initial stanza. That trend continued on Friday evening, but unfortunately for Magakian, it came in the form of a stunning upset, as the Glendale fighter was submitted via heel hook by Eric Brown 57 seconds into the opening round of their lightweight (155 pounds)
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August 30, 2012
It was another win and another first-round submission for Glendale's Sevak Magakian on Thursday night at San Manuel Indian Casino and Bingo, as the local mixed-martial-arts fighter defeated Joe Condon at King of the Cage's “Mercenaries” event. Magakian (12-3) won his fifth straight bout, with three out of the last five coming by first-round stoppage. Overall, the Glendale Main Event Gym-trained fighter has collected nine submission wins with all of them coming in the first round.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | June 14, 2012
In search of the right path to mixed-martial-arts stardom, the journeys of Sevak Magakian and Karen Darabedyan have taken them to the country's heartland. On Saturday night at the O'Reilly Family Event Center in Springfield, Mo., the Glendale fighters will take an important step when they venture inside the cage at ShoFight MMA 20. For Magakian (10-3), who faces off with Strikeforce and Bellator veteran JP Reese (6-2), a former University of Missouri wrestling standout, in a lightweight contest upon the main card, it will be a hopeful last step - provided a victory is to be had - before venturing into the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | June 2, 2012
Having been in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and beyond to the tune of 20 mixed-martial-arts bouts in addition to far too many jiu jitsu competitions to number, Alberto Crane still comes off as very much a calm and cool customer, with an easy, soft-spoken and mild-mannered personality. That's when he's not cornering Jared "The Jackhammer" Papazian, though. "Jared doesn't make it easy," says Glendale's Crane, who trains Papazian at Gracie Barra Burbank. "He's always fight of the night, whether it's a small show or the [Ultimate Fighting Championship]
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | October 29, 2011
BURBANK - Burbank opened its doors to mixed martial arts on Saturday night, as Alberto Crane's National Fight Alliance presented "Valley Invasion" at the Burbank Marriott Convention Center. Headlined by Glendale's Sevak Magakian, a former "The Ultimate Fighter" cast member, claiming victory in his return to the cage, the nine-bout card thrilled a healthy throng of fight fans. "Finally, it's good to be back, to be back in the cage," said Magakian, cornered by Glendale fighter Karen Darabedyan, legendary trainer Gokor Chivichyan and Alex Ariza, who's Manny Pacquiao's strength and conditioning coach, "I'm never gonna stop, I'm gonna keep going.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | August 11, 2011
When Ronda Rousey was but a little girl - shy and hushed - her dad bestowed upon her words to live by. Tragically, Ron Rousey was dead when Ronda was just 8 years old. His words, however, lived on. "He's the one that told me I'd win a gold medal and be the best in the world someday," she remembers. "And when you're 8 years old, your dad's right about everything. " And now, Ronda Rousey is 24 years old and she's become an illustration of beauty, brawn and devastating mixed-martial-arts skill that has many believing she is, indeed, destined to be the best in the world.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | March 27, 2011
GLENDALE — For Alberto Crane, a veteran of 18 mixed-martial-arts bouts and countless grappling tournaments, his next fight — a three-round welterweight tilt against veteran Gabe Rivas at King of the Cage's Turning Point card today — poses no novel obstacles. "I know what I can do," Crane said. "What'll happen will happen. " But while it's business as usual in the cage for Crane, his nerves are a bit different outside of the cage when it comes to coaching, as the Glendale resident will lead a throng of his Gracie Barra students into competition at today's event at the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, which starts at 5:30 p.m. "It's a lot of these guys' pro debuts," said Crane, who's the head instructor at Gracie Barra Burbank and Pasadena.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | September 10, 2010
GLENDALE — When 2009 ended, Karen Darabedyan's stock was rising as a burgeoning lightweight in the world of mixed martial arts. But since his World Extreme Cagefighting debut saw him defeat former company kingpin Rob McCullough in November of last year, Darabedyan has fallen upon a stunning two-fight losing streak for which he arrives at Saturday's Shark Fights 13 pay-per-view card in dire need of a victory and a change in momentum....
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | June 22, 2010
GLENDALE – Looking to rebound from a stunning defeat in his previous fight, Karen Darabedyan had a look of disbelief across his face on Sunday evening moments after disaster repeated itself for the up-and-coming Glendale mixed martial artist. Darabedyan lost his second consecutive bout, once more by armbar in the first round, as Will Kerr claimed an upset victory in their lightweight bout at WEC 49 from Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. "This is a huge, huge upset," proclaimed World Extreme Cagefighting color commentator Kenny Florian at the conclusion of the bout, which was the last of the untelevised undercard, but made air just before the card's main event.
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