By jaytan June 04, 2014

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Los Angeles, CA – Possibly the most explosive card in University of MMA history, University of MMA: Fight Night 7, set several records for a single event, delivering 10 finishes out of the 11 matches, seven of which came in the first round. Similarly, no less than five submissions occurred that night, as well as a devastating 11-second head kick KO.

“We’ve done a lot of great shows, but I think our last three have easily been our best three ever. That’s evident with some of the ultra-exciting finishes and wars we’ve had,” noted U of MMA founder Turi Altavilla. “These amateurs are pursuing a dream and they pour every ounce of their being in to that journey. The results are incredible performances.

“The fighters that compete on our Fight Night shows continue to raise the bar each time,” commented U of MMA matchmaker Jay Tan. “That they bring their A-game continually to the extent that they do makes us look good, but it also speaks to their desire to test their own limits. I admire them all for that.”

In the end, the Dean’s List performance awards for Fight Night 7 are:

Fight of the Night: Ronald Minera (Nelson’s Boxing & MMA Club) vs. Dean Bo Moskowitz (House of Champions/Aziz MMA)

Knockout of the Night: Tommy Aaron (Elite Training Center)

Submission of the Night:Bruno Casillas (Valhalla ETC)

Blue Chip Honors: TJ Scot (Team Lagarto)

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.

In the main event, Derion ‘DC’ Chapman (House of Champions) defended his lightweight belt decisively against Pious ‘Voodoo’ Enilolobo Jr. (BJMUTA/Flying Kicks) via TKO in the third round. Chapman put Enilolobo in deep waters the dynamic athlete hadn’t seen before in his previous three fights. In defending his belt, Chapman became only the second University of MMA champion to successfully defend their belt as well as setting a new record for most wins in U of MMA history. Chapman, who kept his amateur record undefeated, announced after his fight that he will now turn pro.

The co-main event featured newly-crowned University of MMA light heavyweight champion Ozzy Diaz (NZT Pankration) putting his title on the line against Dominick ‘The Devastator’ Reyes (Cage Combat Academy). In much the same way that Diaz and previous champion Jerell Cephas won their respective titles early in the first round, Reyes claimed conquest under 30 seconds into the bout via rear naked choke, putting Diaz to sleep.

In the fight of the night, Ronald Minera (Nelson’s Boxing Club) defeated Dean Bo Moskowitz (House of Champions/Aziz MMA) in a back and forth match that brought the crowd to their feet. Minera and Moskowitz traded furious punches nonstop standing and on the ground for nine full minutes, crafting one of the most memorable matches in U of MMA history. In the end, Minera edged out Moskowitz via unanimous decision on scores of 29-28 across the board.

University of MMA featherweight #1 contender Tommy ‘The Spaniard’ Aaron (Elite Training Center) further justified his upcoming title shot by stopping the dangerous A.J. Bryant (XFit) with a highlight reel roundhouse head kick 11 seconds into the match. In August, Aaron is scheduled to challenge Jacob ‘Little Badger’ Rosales (CSW) for the latter’s University of MMA featherweight championship.

Submission of the night went to Bruno ‘Pelo Loco’ Casillas (Valhalla Elite Training Center) when he put talented youngster Jordan Taylor (Team Quest) to sleep 38 seconds into the first round. Coming off a strong performance at Fight Night 6 against now-light heavyweight champion Dominick Reyes, Casillas continued to redesign his fight game, activating his aggressive game plan early and catching Taylor in a modified choke on his feet.

In addition to U of MMA veterans putting on an amazing show at Fight Night 7, a crew of new blood made their mark with fans throughout the undercard. Armen Tovmasian (Team Main Event), Albert Veloz (Cage Combat Academy), Craig Plaskett (Team Hayastan), Julio Lopez (MMA Ruckus) and Sergio Perez (Team Hayastan) all won their U of MMA debuts with remarkable finishes. Veloz and Tovmasian both claimed victory in the first round by TKO, while teammates Plaskett and Perez both won by submission in the first and third rounds of their respective battles.

The next installment of the U’s Fight Night series, University of MMA: Fight Night 8, takes place on Sunday, August 24. Tickets are on sale now at

Quick results for University of MMA: Fight Night 7 (June 1, 2014):

1) 150 lbs. catchweight (3 x 2 min., shin guards) – SERGIO PEREZ (Hayastan MMA) def. Tony Ahumada (El Valenzuela Cuesta Boxing) via submission, R3, 1:01.

2) 170 lbs. (3 x 3 min., no shins) – ARMEN TOVMASIAN (Team Main Event) def. JACOB WASANO (Team Quest) via TKO/referee’s stoppage due to cut, R1, 0:25.

3) 145 lbs. (3 x 2 min, shin guards) – ALBERT VELOZ (Cage Combat Academy) def. JASON MITCHINER (JFM Boxing) via TKO, R1, 0:53.

4) 165 lbs. catchweight (3 x 2 min, shin guards) – CRAIG PLASKETT, JR. (Hayastan MMA) def. MIKE WOODS (Desert Karate / Python MMA) via submission, R1, 0:27.

5) 160 lbs. catchweight (3 x 2 min, shin guards) – JULIO LOPEZ (Ruckus MMA) def. ORLANDO ITZA (Venice Beach Boxing Acadmy) via TKO, R2, 1:33.

6) 205 lbs. (3 x 3 min, no shins) – BRUNO CASILLAS (Valhalla ETC) def. JORDAN TAYLOR (Team Quest) via submission, R1, 0:38.

7) 170 lbs. (3 x 3 min, no shins) – RONALD MINERA (Nelson’s Boxing & MMA Club) def. DEAN BO MOSKOWITZ (House of Champions) via unanimous decision.

8) 155 lbs. (3 x 2 min, shins) – TJ SCOT (Team Lagarto) def. CARNATION CONTRERAS (Krav Maga Unyted / Systems Training Center) via submission, R1, 1:02.

9) 145 lbs. (3 x 3 min., no shins) – TOMMY AARON (Elite Training Center) def. A.J. BRYANT (XFit) via KO, R1, 0:11.


10) 205 lbs. (3 x 3 min., no shins) – DOMINICK REYES (Cage Combat Academy) def. OZZY DIAZ (NZT Pankration) via submission, R1, 0:27.


11) 155 lbs. (3 x 3 min., no shins) – DERION CHAPMAN (House of Champions) def. PIOUS ENILOLOBO, JR. (BJMUTA / Flying Kick Martial Arts) via TKO, R3, 0:12.

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

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About the University of MMA ( 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 ( 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,, 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 ( 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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