FIGHT NIGHT 6 QUICK RESULTS, DEAN’S LIST ANNOUNCEMENTS

By jaytan April 01, 2014
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –

FIGHT NIGHT 6 QUICK RESULTS

AND ‘DEAN’S LIST’ AWARDS

Los Angeles, CA – With seven strong finishes on the 13-fight card, including four knockouts (three in the first round) and three submissions, the University of MMA’s Fight Night 6 was even more explosive than anticipated. The event provided multiple candidates for each category and much debate between U of MMA staff who are tasked with awarding the U’s Dean’s List honorees.

In the end, the Dean’s List performance awards for Fight Night 6 are:

Fight of the Night: Juan Orta (Lightning MMA) vs. Saverio Dalessandro (Glendale Fighting Club)

Knockout of the Night: Ozzy Diaz (NZT Pankration)

Submission of the Night: Pious Enilolobo, Jr. (BJMUTA/Flying Kick Martial Arts)

Blue Chip Honors: Unurjargal Boldpurev (CSW)

“From the debuts to the guys vying for our championships, the maturity and skill levels of fighters who compete at the U has never been higher. And that’s the point of amateur MMA. I couldn’t be prouder of everybody who competed at Fight Night 6,” said matchmaker Jay Tan.

The Dean’s List is sponsored by OTM Fight Shops and WSS, which have contributed $100 gift cards to the winners. In addition to the traditional Fight of the Night, Knockout of the Night, and Submission of the Night awards, Blue Chip honors is a special category to fighters who showed great showmanship, charisma and audience awareness.

Headlining the event were two University of MMA championship titles matches. In the light heavyweight (205 lbs.) championship fight, challenger Ozzy Diaz (NZT Pankration) defeated defending champion Jerell ‘The Typhoon’ Cephas (Xtreme Couture) by knockout, only 18 seconds into the first round. Diaz, who went into the fight with a 3-1 record (all at the U), not only won the belt he was clamoring for in devastating fashion, but was also granted his jiu jitsu blue belt after the match by his coaches.

In the second title fight, Jacob ‘Lil’ Badger’ Rosales (CSW) defeated Ryan ‘The Lion’ Lilley (Bas Rutten’s Elite MMA) in a three-round war to win the vacant featherweight (145 lbs.)tournament. Rosales combined a mix of superior wrestling (including three high-altitude German suplexes in round one) and pick-apart striking to earn 29-28 scores across the board in a unanimous decision win. Rosales becomes the second University of MMA featherweight champion, after inaugural champion ‘Gorgeous’ Georgie Garcia, who won the title in 2012, graduated to the pro ranks.

Several number one title contenders emerged from Fight Night 6, including Shohei Yamamoto (CSW), Pious Enilolobo, Jr. (BMUTA/Flying Kick Martial Arts), and Dominick Reyes (Cage Combat Academy). All three fighters are expected to get title shots on the upcoming ‘University of MMA: Fight Night 7,’ set for Sunday, June 7 at Club Nokia at L.A. LIVE.

Nicknamed ‘Keji Tora’ (translated as ‘Caged Tiger’), Yamamoto defeated former welterweight (170 lbs.) title challenger Dean Bo Moskowitz (House of Champions/Aziz MMA) in one of the night’s four knockouts, earning him a title shot against current-reigning champion Roman ‘The Gladiator’ Todorovich.

Pious ‘Voodoo Maximus’ Enilolobo Jr. earned top contender status when he submitted Michael ‘Power Game’ Jackson (Systems Training Center) via armbar in the first round. Clocking in at 33 seconds, Enilolobo, Jr.’s victory is considered the fastest submission in U of MMA history, which played a significant part in making it submission of the night. Enilolobo, Jr. will now challenge expert showman and Club Nokia favorite Derion ‘DC’ Chapman for the latter’s University of MMA lightweight (155 lbs.) championship.

On the same night that the light heavyweight (265 lbs.)  belt changed hands, a new challenger emerged in Dominick ‘The Devastator’ Reyes (Cage Combat Academy), who defeated Bruno ‘Pelo Loco’ Casillas (Valhalla Elite Training Center) by unanimous decision. This was the first time that Reyes went the distance in his budding MMA career, but the win maintained his undefeated record and anoints him as the next in line to challenge Diaz for the championship.

Juan Orta (Lightning MMA) and Saverio ‘The Bull’ Dalessandro (Glendale Fight Club) made their MMA debuts to thunderous applause earning fight of the night honors. The back and forth match was short, but made a statement that puts fans on alert to expect bright futures from these two young competitors.

Unurjargal ‘Unuruu’ Boldpurev (CSW) left enough of an impression with fans to earn him Blue Chip Honors for the night. As if catching an established fighter like David ‘The Puerto Rican Guerrilla’ Sands (Sweet Science MMA) with an Ezekiel choke wasn’t enough, Unuruu’s post-fight celebration was a rare emotional window into the otherewise unassuming Mongolian wrestler/judoka.

“From start to finish, the energy at Fight Night 6 never let up. I’d say our last two shows have easily been our best two and we’re very excited to keep the momentum going for Fight Night 7 at Club Nokia on June 1,” said promoter Turi Altavilla.

The next installment of the U’s Fight Night series, ‘University of MMA: Fight Night 7,’ takes place on Sunday, June 1. Tickets are on sale now at www.UofMMA.com.

Quick results for University of MMA: Fight Night 6 (March 30, 2014):

1) 205 lbs. (3 x 2 min.) – Dominick Reyes (Cage Combat Academy) def. Bruno Casillas (Valhalla Elite Training) via unanimous decision.

2) 145 lbs. (3 x 2 min.) – Juan Orta (Lightning MMA) def. Saverio Dalessandro (Glendale Fighting Club) via KO, R1, 1:08.

3) 135 lbs. (3 x 2 min.) – Luis Carmona (10th Planet Costa Mesa) def. Demar George (Dream Killer Fight Team) via unanimous decision.

4) 135 lbs. (3 x 2 min.) – Milton Arguello (10th Planet Van Nuys) def. Erik Van Der Lee (Lightning MMA) via submission, R3, 1:56.

5) 170 lbs. (3 x 2 min.) – Ronald Minera (Nelson’s MMA/Boxing Club) def. Jose Jovel (Dream Killer Fight Club) via KO, R2, 1:49.

6) 185 lbs. (3 x 2 min.) – Sven Manseau (10th Planet Van Nuys) def. Oscar Jimenez (XFit) via unanimous decision.

7) 155 lbs. (3 x 2 min.) – Pious Enilolobo Jr (BJMUTA/Flying Kick Martial Arts) def. Michael Jackson (Systems Training Center) via submission, R1, 0:33.

8) 150 lbs. catchweight (3 x 2 min.) – Emilas Jimenez (10th Planet Costa Mesa) def. A.J. Bryant (XFit) via unanimous decision.

9) 170 lbs. (3 x 3 min.) – Flavian Pilgrim (PKG) def. Jarett Conner (Upland MMA) via unanimous decision.

10) 265 lbs. (3 x 2 min.) – Unurjargal Boldpurev (CSW) def. David Sands (Sweet Science Boxing & MMA) via submission, R2, 1:01.

11) 170 lbs. (3 x 3 min.) – Shohei Yamamoto (CSW) def. Dean Bo Moskowitz (House of Champions/Aziz MMA) via KO, R1, 0:28.

UNIVERSITY OF MMA LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

12) 205 lbs. (3 x 3 min.) – Ozzy Diaz (NZT Pankratian) def. Jerell Cephas (Xtreme Couture) via KO, R1 0:18.

UNIVERSITY OF MMA FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
13) 145 lbs. (3 x 3 min.) – Jacob Rosales (CSW) def. Ryan Lilley (Bas Rutten’s Elite MMA) via unanimous decision.

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CONTACT: Either Turi Altavilla at turi@UofMMA.com and phone (310) 701-8339 or Jay Tan at jaytan@UofMMA.com and phone (213) 618-0332.

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About the University of MMA (www.UofMMA.com): The University of Mixed Martial Arts (aka “The U”) is a Los Angeles-based fight promotion specializing in exciting, high-octane, upscale amateur MMA events around the Southern California region. Its mandate is to provide a stage for young, aspiring fighters to hone their MMA skills and develop themselves as marketable personalities and respectable ambassadors of the sport. The U was founded in 2010 and has run six shows in Southern California. The U serves as a scouting show for professional organizations such as the RFA and King of the Cage. Each event is sanctioned by the California Amateur MMA Organization (CAMO), which upholds the highest safety standards in the nation for amateur competition. The team behind the U collectively has over 20 years of experience in promoting professional MMA at the highest level of the sport, including international and domestic events broadcast on pay-per-view, cable, and network television. For tomorrow’s MMA stars and champions … IT STARTS HERE!

About OTM Fight Shops (www.OTMfightshops.com):  On The Mat (OTM) is an American company and brand dedicated to the sport and lifestyle of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), submission grappling (no-gi), and mixed martial arts (MMA). Founded in 1996 by owner Scotty Nelson in Mountain View, CA, OTM has become best known for its website, OnTheMat.com, which provides the largest online library of jiu-jitsu and grappling footage, including video magazines, instructional videos, and tournament compilations. Its online store and eight retail fight shops in California, Nevada, and New Mexico offer the widest selection of fight gear and apparel for fighters from every discipline. Additionally, OTM’s clothing line is among the most recognizable brands in BJJ and MMA, including a custom made jiu-jitsu gi called Lucky Gi. OTM has sponsored dozens of BJJ / MMA household names, such as B.J. Penn, Nick Diaz, Nate Diaz, Jeff Monson, Kenny Florian, and Diego Sanchez.

About WSS (www.shopWSS.com): WSS is a leading Southern California retailer founded in 1984. WSS (formerly Warehouse Shoe Sale) offers a wide variety of footwear, clothing, and accessories from all major brands. WSS carries over 3,000 of the latest styles from such brand names as Nike, Jordan, Vans, Converse, Sketchers, Reebock, Adidas, Puma, New Balance, DC Shoes, Timberland, K-Swiss, and many, many more. With over 25 years in business and 55 stores (Victorville, Bakersfield and Lancaster coming soon), WSS has an unrivaled reputation for having great values and great selection and for bringing customers the latest in the best styles. Participating in over 350 local events per year, WSS is also committed to giving back to the community.

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