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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | August 3, 2010
GLENDALE — Having fought their way through the Southern California mixed-martial-arts scene, working up the ladder at shows in the likes of Long Beach, El Monte and Ontario, Sako Chivichyan and Sevak Magakian, like most in their sport, aspired to one day make it to the grand stage of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. That day has come. The two Glendale fighters have been selected to be part of the 28-fighter cast looking to fight its way into the house for the 12th season of Spike TV's and the UFC's "The Ultimate Fighter" reality show.
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August 28, 2007
Spike TV’s and the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Serra vs. Team Hughes” contestants were officially announced on Monday. One is Glendale fighter Roman Mitichyan, who trains and teaches at the Glendale Fighting Club. This will be the sixth season of the popular reality show seen by many as a significant reason for the UFC and the sport of mixed-martial art’s recent popularity surge. Mitichyan and 15 other welterweights (170 pounds)
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By Grant Gordon | April 1, 2008
At first glance, it seems as if everything is speeding by for Roman Mitichyan. His big break as a contestant on the sixth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” lasted just one episode. His first fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championships was over in 23 seconds. But that has merely been Mitichyan’s time in the limelight that is the UFC — the top mixed martial arts brand in the world. The 29-year-old Glendale resident has been fighting and training for more than two decades, and now he’s reached the industry’s pinnacle and he’s driven to stay there.
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October 1, 2007
GLENDALE — The following are news and notes from the area sports scene.   SAME TOURNAMENT, DIFFERENT NAME The Los Tacos Holiday Festival might not sound familiar, but it is. In what has become an annual event, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy’s soccer team will host a holiday tournament. For the third time in as many years, it will be under another sponsored name, though. Last year, it was the Hall of Fame Magazine.com Holiday Festival and, the year before, it was the Big Toe Holiday Festival.
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By Grant Gordon | April 3, 2008
GLENDALE ? Fighting for the second time in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Roman Mitichyan?s fortune on Wednesday afternoon was the polar opposite of his debut. Mitichyan succumbed to a ground-and-pound barrage by George Sotiropoulos, losing by referee stoppage at 2:24 of the second round in a welterweight (170 pounds) bout on the ?Ultimate Fight Night? undercard in Broomfield, Colo. Mitichyan (9-2, 1-1 in UFC) won his first fight in the UFC in just 23 seconds against Dorian Price.
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By Grant Gordon | August 14, 2009
GLENDALE — Roman “The Emperor” Mitichyan and his opponent on Saturday evening, Mike Dolce, are looking for the same thing at Call to Arms’ “Called Out MMA” event. A victory goes without saying, of course, but both are looking for their talents and will to wipe away past pitfalls in the arena of mixed martial arts. Both are former cast members on the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter” series, with Mitichyan (9-3)
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A Who's Who in the Glendale Fight Scene | June 4, 2010
Vacho Avagyan – Boxer resides and trains in Glendale. Owns a 2-1 record. George Bastrmajyan – The quintessential guy behind the guy, the North Hollywood resident is a cutman, manager, matchmaker and former kickboxer. Linked closest with Edmond Tarverdyan at the Glendale Fighting Club, where he manages the careers of Art Hovhannesyan, Artur Bernetsyan, Gapo Tolmajyan and Roman Mitichyan. Artur Bernetsyan – New to Glendale, the boxer known as "The Punisher" is a busy fighter with a swarming style who made his victorious pro debut in Glendale and is 3-0 with two knockouts — all of his fights having come in 2010.
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By Grant Gordon | April 1, 2008
GLENDALE — Sherdog.com, arguably the sport of mixed martial arts’ most renowned website, has Roman “The Emperor” Mitichyan’s record listed as 5-1. Mitichyan insists it’s incorrect, he’s even contacted the site, as he says he has all his fight tapes to prove the validity. But more importantly to him than what his record is now, is what it will be. “The plan is to make it 10-1,” the Glendale resident said. Mitichyan (9-1)
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By Grant Gordon | September 15, 2009
GLENDALE — In his quest to reach stardom and accomplish championship aspirations in the world of mixed martial arts, Glendale fighter Karen Darebedyan continued his ascension on Saturday evening in impressive style. It took the 22-year-old Jewel City grappler just 80 seconds to dispose of Estevan Payan via technical knockout at Shark Fights 6 - Stars and Stripes, which emanated from the Amarillo Civic Center in Amarillo, Texas. “It was a pretty good fight,” said Darabedyan, who won his sixth consecutive bout to improve to 8-1 in his career, which encompasses just over three years.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | November 27, 2013
In the aftermath of more than 20 seasons of “The Ultimate Fighter,” one common occurrence has seen a number of combatants on the long-running reality television series leave the confines of Las Vegas where the show is taped and migrate to the training grounds of the coaches who mentored them. “The Ultimate Fighter,” at its core, is also designed to give mixed martial arts prospects the opportunity to train among the best of the best in the hopes of fighting their way into the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | October 19, 2013
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.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | September 14, 2013
This is the first 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. Before his days at Glendale High were through, Edmond Tarverdyan was already running his own gym. Tarverdyan began running his gym at 16, and now, roughly 16 years later, he has certainly made a name for the Glendale Fighting Club.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | September 3, 2013
There is no love lost between Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate, and that will play out on the center stage of reality television every Wednesday night in the coming weeks. Already a trailblazer in the world of women's mixed martial arts - and women's sports as a whole, for that matter - Rousey, the Ultimate Fighting Championship women's bantamweight champion, and arch nemesis Tate will headline “The Ultimate Fighter 18,” which premieres Wednesday night at 7 p.m. on Fox Sports 1. With Rousey and Tate serving as the long-running show's first-ever female coaches, the series will also feature another first in that it will showcase female fighters, along with male fighters fighting in separate 135-pound tournaments.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | August 17, 2013
Battered, bruised and busted up, Manny Gamburyan followed his Ultimate Fighting Championship bout up with a trip to the hospital. It was well worth it though, because Gamburyan also emerged victorious, taking a unanimous decision from Cole Miller on Saturday evening at UFC Fight Night 26 from Boston's TD Garden. Gamburyan used strong leg kicks, takedowns and grappling to earn the decision, 30-27 and 29-28 (twice) on the scorecards. The Glendale News-Press scored it 30-27. He was reportedly taken to the hospital for stitches and an MRI, but was said to still be in good spirits.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | August 15, 2013
Roughly six years ago, Manny Gamburyan and Cole Miller were teammates on “The Ultimate Fighter,” helping to usher a revitalized lightweight division into the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Looked back upon as a season full of crazy highlights and talented fighters, the fifth season of the reality show berthed the UFC careers of Gamburyan, who trains at the Glendale Fighting Club, as well as Miller. Now, the two find themselves as opponents who will toe the line Saturday in a three-round featherweight bout as part of UFC Fight Night 26 - Shogun vs. Sonnen at the TD Garden in Boston.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | April 17, 2013
With a combat career already filled with firsts, the history in the making that is Ronda Rousey's career now officially has an opponent to co-author the next chapter in women's mixed-martial-arts chronicle. With Rousey sitting cageside along with Glendale Fighting Club trainer Edmond Tarverdyan and friend and fellow GFC trainee Marina Shafir, bantamweights Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano made their Ultimate Fighting Championship debuts Saturday in Las Vegas at “The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale,” thrilling the Mandalay Bay crowd with Zingano winning the back-and-forth barnburner via third-round technical knockout.
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By Peter Madden | March 24, 2013
March Madness is in full swing and, as usual, a number of small conference teams have already pulled bracket-busting upsets over some of the nation's top programs, perhaps none more shocking than 14-seed Harvard's 68-62 win over 3-seed New Mexico . You may have missed - as social media erupted into (relatively) good-natured Harvard-hating - that key to the Crimson's stunning victory was  Kenyatta Smith , Flintridge Prep's former All-Area Boys' Basketball Player of the Year . The sophomore center scored 10 points and added seven rebounds and two blocks to help Harvard secure the win, its first in NCAA Tournament history.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | August 3, 2010
GLENDALE — Having fought their way through the Southern California mixed-martial-arts scene, working up the ladder at shows in the likes of Long Beach, El Monte and Ontario, Sako Chivichyan and Sevak Magakian, like most in their sport, aspired to one day make it to the grand stage of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. That day has come. The two Glendale fighters have been selected to be part of the 28-fighter cast looking to fight its way into the house for the 12th season of Spike TV's and the UFC's "The Ultimate Fighter" reality show.
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