By jaytan May 22, 2015

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Los Angeles, CA – The University of MMA marks its latest milestone on Sunday, May 31, with the tenth installment of it’s Fight Night series. Taking place at Club Nokia at L.A. LIVE (aka “the U of MMA campus”), University of MMA: Fight Night 10 is packed with 15 fights, including three title matches to crown new University of MMA champions. Tickets are now on sale at and

A new University of MMA’s lightweight champion will be decided between Julio ‘The Gr818er’ Lopez (Kings Combat Sports) and Antonio Lopez (Gooch Training Academy/Saekson Muay Thai). Julio advanced from the opening round of the University of MMA lightweight championship tournament, still undefeated. Antonio was originally scheduled to be in the tournament as well, before injury sidelined him from action. But both men ride four-fight win streaks going into this title match, meaning pride and glory are on the line.

With Elite Training Center’s featherweight star Tommy Aaron vacating his University of MMA title to turn pro, the crown at 145 lbs. once again finds itself without a king. That won’t be for long, however, as U of MMA perennial favorite Ryan ‘The Lion’ Lilley (Bas Rutten’s Elite Training Center) and the fast-rising Albert Veloz (Cage Combat Academy) vie to become the third-ever University of MMA featherweight champion.

“The University of MMA has definitely grown as a live event series with the expansion of our fan base and the shows getting bigger and better every time.  The same can be said for amateur fighters who have grown and matured within our promotion. Guys like Ryan ‘The Lion’ Lilley who will be fighting for us for the eighth time, and Albert Veloz, who is improving right under eyes. We’re proud to see the development of fighters like Ryan who will go on to be great pros,” commented U of MMA founder Turi Altavilla.

Two more U of MMA favorites will also square off to become the first-ever University of MMA bantamweight champion, as Vince ‘The Anomaly’ Cachero and Demar ‘King’ George revisit each other in a rematch from 2013. The two met originally at Fight Night 3, when both were very young in their MMA careers. More seasoned in experience and sharper in skill, they are very much different fighters.

“The six individuals vying for University of MMA titles on this show are people of character and integrity. We’ve seen their championship efforts on previous shows and they deserve the recognition these matches offer,” said U of MMA matchmaker Jay Tan.

Other confirmed matches for University of MMA: Fight Night 10 include:

University of MMA Lightweight Championship Tournament Finals:

155 lbs. – Julio Lopez (Kings Combat Sports) vs. Antonio Lopez (Gooch Training Academy/Saekson Muay Thai)

University of MMA Bantamweight Championship:

135 lbs. – Vince ‘The Anomaly’ Cachero (Systems Training Center) vs. Demar ‘King’ George (Dream Killer Fight Team)

University of MMA Featherweight Championship:

145 lbs. – Ryan ‘The Lion’ Lilley (Bas Rutten’s Elite MMA Gym) vs. Albert Veloz (Cage Combat Academy)

155 lbs. – Remington Thorne (Saekson Muay Thai) vs. Carnation ‘Flash’ Contreras (Krav Maga Unyted)

120 lbs. (catchweight) – Jasmine ‘Tapout Queen’ Pouncy (Nubians MMA) vs. Akari Wang (Systems Training Center)

205 lbs. – Travis Williams (Elite Training Center) vs. Jonathan ‘Jonny McGregor’ Sweitzer (Valhalla ETC)

155 lbs. – Troy Hargrow (Nubians MMA) vs. Zach Kraschinsky (Bas Rutten’s Elite Training Center)

125 lbs. – Karlee Pagilinan (Team Quest) vs. Gilbert Nakatani (Sityodtong LA)

125 lbs. – Matheus Leaondro Santos (MMAFC) vs. Angel Diaz (Systems Training Center)

170 lbs. – Aaron Landry (Ring of Fire Martial Arts Academy) vs. Lance ‘Black Ranger’ Bush (Team Lagarto)

145 lbs. – Victor Rivera (Nubians MMA) vs. Juan Vasquez (Team Victory Muay Thai/Dream Killer Fight Team)

195 lbs. (catchweight) – Christopher Llanes (Team Quest) vs. David Boyko (Bas Rutten’s Elite Training Center)

145 lbs. – Andrew Secaida (Dream Killer Fight Team) vs. Kurt Eberhard (Saekson Muay Thai)

135 lbs. – David Perez (Riverside Submission) vs. Julio Santa Cruz (Systems Training Center)

145 lbs. – Benito Mendez (Kings Combat Sports) vs. Sergio Gonzalez (Yuma United Fight Team)

The University of MMA: Fight Night 10 takes place at 5:00pm on Sunday, May 31, 2015, at Club Nokia at L.A. LIVE, 800 West Olympic Boulevard. Doors open at 4:30pm. Fight card is subject to change. Tickets are now available and can be purchased through and, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or 888-929-7849, and from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, Mon-Fri at the STAPLES Center Box Office located at 1111 S. Figueroa St. Applicable fees may apply. The Club Nokia box office will open at 2:00pm the day of the event.

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CONTACT: Either Jay Tan at and (213) 618-0332 or Turi Altavilla at and (310) 701-8331.

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ABOUT THE University of MMA ( The University of Mixed Martial Arts (aka “The U of MMA”) is a Los Angeles-based fight promotion specializing in high-octane, upscale amateur MMA events. 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 of MMA was founded in 2010, and is sanctioned by the California Amateur MMA Organization (CAMO), which upholds the highest safety standards in the nation for amateur MMA. The team behind the U of MMA collectively has over 20 years of professional promoting experience at the highest level of the sport, including international and domestic events that were broadcast on pay-per-view, cable, and network television in the United States, Japan, and Great Britain. For tomorrow’s MMA stars and champions, IT STARTS HERE!
About Club Nokia: Club Nokia, a multi-use music, entertainment and concert venue–located in the heart of the acclaimed L.A. LIVE sports, residential and entertainment district–accommodates over 2,300 guests.  Featuring state-of-the-art acoustics designed for live entertainment, Club Nokia is the perfect venue for emerging music acts and cultural shows while also providing excellent space for corporate events and private parties.  The theatre brings the latest technology to music enthusiasts including an innovative interactive experience embedded in foot-controlled floor interfaces, touchscreens, and a large LED installation within the lobby of the Club Nokia space.  This interactive experience allows users to scroll through the history and the future of Club Nokia events and interact with pictures, video and text messages submitted by fellow concert fans.  Club Nokia has been honored two consecutive years at the annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards-in 2009 as “Best New Major Concert Venue” and in 2010 as “Nightclub Of The Year”; along with a Zagat Award for Best Live Music Club in Los Angeles (2009).


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