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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | February 12, 2014
Just two days earlier, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey was in the center of a media storm that descended upon the Glendale Fighting Club for her open workout. On Wednesday, Rousey was back at it, joining opponent Sara McMann, along with Daniel Cormier and Rashad Evans, on a conference call ahead of Feb. 22's UFC 170 in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay. While many of the questions were regarding the same topics from Monday to Wednesday, one constant was Rousey believes the intrigue of her Ultimate Fighting Championship women's bantamweight championship against McMann is unwavering and quite significant.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | April 9, 2014
LOS ANGELES - When “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey began her mixed martial arts career, it came to be in part due to the inspiration of Gina “Conviction” Carano. “Thank God for Gina Carano,” Rousey told the Glendale News-Press in August of 2011. “I have so much respect for her. I'm grateful for what she's done.” Rousey, the current and first-ever Ultimate Fighting Championship women's bantamweight champion, has long said that it would be an honor to fight Carano, though the latter has been absent from competition since the summer of 2009.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | December 26, 2013
Though much of “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey and Miesha “Cupcake” Tate's rivalry has been fueled by harsh words, their final words at Thursday's the UFC 168 pre-fight press conference in Las Vegas were rather pedestrian in comparison to the past. With UFC 168 on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas headlined by middleweight champion Chris Weidman's rematch against Anderson Silva and those two taking center stage, along with the always entertaining Josh Barnett stealing the show, Rousey and Tate very much stuck to their guns without a whole lot of histrionics accompanying them.
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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | October 21, 2010
GLENDALE — As its third installment fast approaches, the popular Glendale Glory boxing series continues to build up its brand, following up Jan. 8's Glendale Glory 2, which was broadcast live on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights," with a championship bout to head the card that will kick off at 8 p.m. Friday at the Glendale Civic Auditorium. "It's pretty diverse, as a lot of our cards have been, but also I don't know too many promotional outlets that can do a nationally-televised show their second show and then a title fight their third show, so I'm really excited about that," said Bash Boxing's Steve Bash, who is co-promoting Glendale Glory 3 with Glendale resident Kahren Harutyunyan's Art of Boxing Promotions.
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By Grant Gordon | December 19, 2012
According to Ultimate Fighting Championships sources, Manny Gamburyan will fight Chad Mendes at UFC 157 on Feb. 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Gamburyan had previously expressed his interest to fight on the card, as it is headlined by Ronda Rousey's UFC women's bantamweight title fight against Liz Carmouche.  Rousey is a longtime teammate of Gamburyan's at the Glendale Fighting Club and Team Hayastan. Gamburyan (12-7) and Mendes (13-1) will face off in a 145-pound matchup with both of them having previously taken on 145-pound champion Jose Aldo in title losses.
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By Gabriel Rizk | December 17, 2009
GLENDALE — In the buildup to his title fight against Willie Lee on Saturday, undefeated Glendale welterweight Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan been a visible presence around Youngstown, Ohio, appearing at promotional and press events and even conducting a media workout on Tuesday at the gym of Youngstown favorite son and middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik. But for all the fanfare and sideshows leading up to Saturday, Martirosyan is clearly focused on his ultimate goal — leaving the boxing tradition-rich town with Lee’s North American Boxing Federation super welterweight title, as well as the North American Boxing Organization welterweight belt that will also be up for grabs.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | April 11, 2014
Just a few days after the prospects of Ronda Rousey defending her Ultimate Fighting Championship women's bantamweight title in a blockbuster bout with Gina Carano seemed oh so close, UFC President Dana White announced late Friday night that Rousey will instead put her belt on the line against No. 2-ranked Alexis Davis. “Ronda Rousey vs (sic) Alexis Davis Saturday, July 5th for the women's bantamweight title in Las Vegas for International Fight Week!!!” White tweeted. In past weeks, speculation was brimming at the prospect of Rousey (9-0)
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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | September 22, 2012
With major issues such as time, place and opponent out of the way, two big fights are now set, promising an exciting couple of months to come on the local boxing scene. All the details of undefeated Glendale resident Vanes "Nightmare" Martirosyan's World Boxing Council light middleweight final eliminator bout with Erislandy Lara are ironed out now that the arena (the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas) and date (Nov. 10) have been confirmed. But first, lightweight Art Hovhannisyan, who trains at the Glendale Fighting Club with Edmond Tarverdyan, will try to build on his recent success with an Oct. 27 bout on HBO "Boxing After Dark" at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY that recently came together following an extended search for an opponent.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | December 19, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Ronda Rousey's Ultimate Fighting Championship women's bantamweight title defense against bitter rival Miesha Tate is approaching fast. But in the world of Rousey - mixed martial arts champion and ambassador, budding action star and reality television coach - topics aplenty abound when she sits down with the media. Such was the case on Thursday afternoon, as she sat down with a cavalcade of media at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles amid a whirlwind day of appearances.
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By Gabriel Rizk, Special to the Glendale News-Press | March 19, 2014
By the time he first got his new client in the gym, trainer Joe Goossen only had three weeks to get Vanes "Nightmare" Martirosyan ready for Friday night's title fight against Mario Alberto Lozano. Yet Goossen never had a sense the training camp was running behind schedule. "We accomplished a lot in that three weeks and the reason we were able to accomplish so much is because Vanes came to me in very good condition," Goossen said. "I think he had dedicated himself to getting physically fit to be ready to go fight and he spent a lot of time in the gym doing a lot of running, swimming and physical training outside the gym. It would have been much different if he were not working before he came to me, but because he was, it made the transition very easy.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | April 11, 2014
Just a few days after the prospects of Ronda Rousey defending her Ultimate Fighting Championship women's bantamweight title in a blockbuster bout with Gina Carano seemed oh so close, UFC President Dana White announced late Friday night that Rousey will instead put her belt on the line against No. 2-ranked Alexis Davis. “Ronda Rousey vs (sic) Alexis Davis Saturday, July 5th for the women's bantamweight title in Las Vegas for International Fight Week!!!” White tweeted. In past weeks, speculation was brimming at the prospect of Rousey (9-0)
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | April 9, 2014
LOS ANGELES - When “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey began her mixed martial arts career, it came to be in part due to the inspiration of Gina “Conviction” Carano. “Thank God for Gina Carano,” Rousey told the Glendale News-Press in August of 2011. “I have so much respect for her. I'm grateful for what she's done.” Rousey, the current and first-ever Ultimate Fighting Championship women's bantamweight champion, has long said that it would be an honor to fight Carano, though the latter has been absent from competition since the summer of 2009.
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By Gabriel Rizk, Special to the Glendale News-Press | March 19, 2014
By the time he first got his new client in the gym, trainer Joe Goossen only had three weeks to get Vanes "Nightmare" Martirosyan ready for Friday night's title fight against Mario Alberto Lozano. Yet Goossen never had a sense the training camp was running behind schedule. "We accomplished a lot in that three weeks and the reason we were able to accomplish so much is because Vanes came to me in very good condition," Goossen said. "I think he had dedicated himself to getting physically fit to be ready to go fight and he spent a lot of time in the gym doing a lot of running, swimming and physical training outside the gym. It would have been much different if he were not working before he came to me, but because he was, it made the transition very easy.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | February 12, 2014
Just two days earlier, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey was in the center of a media storm that descended upon the Glendale Fighting Club for her open workout. On Wednesday, Rousey was back at it, joining opponent Sara McMann, along with Daniel Cormier and Rashad Evans, on a conference call ahead of Feb. 22's UFC 170 in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay. While many of the questions were regarding the same topics from Monday to Wednesday, one constant was Rousey believes the intrigue of her Ultimate Fighting Championship women's bantamweight championship against McMann is unwavering and quite significant.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | December 26, 2013
Though much of “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey and Miesha “Cupcake” Tate's rivalry has been fueled by harsh words, their final words at Thursday's the UFC 168 pre-fight press conference in Las Vegas were rather pedestrian in comparison to the past. With UFC 168 on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas headlined by middleweight champion Chris Weidman's rematch against Anderson Silva and those two taking center stage, along with the always entertaining Josh Barnett stealing the show, Rousey and Tate very much stuck to their guns without a whole lot of histrionics accompanying them.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | December 19, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Ronda Rousey's Ultimate Fighting Championship women's bantamweight title defense against bitter rival Miesha Tate is approaching fast. But in the world of Rousey - mixed martial arts champion and ambassador, budding action star and reality television coach - topics aplenty abound when she sits down with the media. Such was the case on Thursday afternoon, as she sat down with a cavalcade of media at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles amid a whirlwind day of appearances.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | August 8, 2013
Undefeated opponents and televised bouts are nothing new for Gapo “The Ghost” Tolmajyan. But as the Glendale boxer continues his hopeful ascent to becoming a world title contender, each and every fight becomes his most important yet. That certainly describes Tolmajyan's showdown against the unblemished Jose “Sniper” Pedraza in a 10-round co-main event of an ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” card Friday evening at the Morongo Casino in...
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By Grant Gordon | December 19, 2012
According to Ultimate Fighting Championships sources, Manny Gamburyan will fight Chad Mendes at UFC 157 on Feb. 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Gamburyan had previously expressed his interest to fight on the card, as it is headlined by Ronda Rousey's UFC women's bantamweight title fight against Liz Carmouche.  Rousey is a longtime teammate of Gamburyan's at the Glendale Fighting Club and Team Hayastan. Gamburyan (12-7) and Mendes (13-1) will face off in a 145-pound matchup with both of them having previously taken on 145-pound champion Jose Aldo in title losses.
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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | September 22, 2012
With major issues such as time, place and opponent out of the way, two big fights are now set, promising an exciting couple of months to come on the local boxing scene. All the details of undefeated Glendale resident Vanes "Nightmare" Martirosyan's World Boxing Council light middleweight final eliminator bout with Erislandy Lara are ironed out now that the arena (the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas) and date (Nov. 10) have been confirmed. But first, lightweight Art Hovhannisyan, who trains at the Glendale Fighting Club with Edmond Tarverdyan, will try to build on his recent success with an Oct. 27 bout on HBO "Boxing After Dark" at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY that recently came together following an extended search for an opponent.
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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | October 25, 2010
NORTHEAST GLENDALE — The man known as "The Crazy Russian" never lost his cool on Friday night, skillfully surviving eight action-filled rounds with a driven Javier Gallo until lowering the boom in the ninth round to earn a technical knockout victory. Khabir Suleymanov improved to 11-0 and claimed the vacant North American Boxing Organization bantamweight title in the 10-round main event of Glendale Glory 3, the latest in a series of local promotions that once again managed to draw a large crowd to the Glendale Civic Auditorium.
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