By jaytan June 02, 2015

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Los Angeles, CA – The University of MMAs Fight Night 10 proved to be the longest event in company history, with 14 matches spanning 37 rounds and a full five hours, thirty minutes in event duration. With that came several matches that defined the University of MMA Dean’s List for May 31, 2015.

The Deans List performance awards for Fight Night 10 are:

Fight of the Night: Michael Jackson (Systems Training Center) vs. Remington Thorne (Saekson’s Muay Thai)

Knockout of the Night: Jasmine Pouncy (Nubians MMA)

Submission of the Night: Matheus Santos (MMAFC)

Blue Chip Honors: Michael Jackson (Systems Training Center)

Paper Depot Best Championship Match: Albert Veloz (Cage Combat Academy) vs. Ryan Lilley (Bas Rutten’s Elite MMA Gym)

Three new champions were crowned at Fight Night 10, in the lightweight, featherweight, and for the first time ever, bantamweight classes.

Antonio Lopez (Gooch Training Academy/Saekson Muay Thai) wrested the University of MMA lightweight championship from Julio Lopez (Kings Combat Sports) with superior wrestling for three rounds. Both men rode four-fight win streaks into this title match, culminating in a thrilling test of wills.

In the featherweight championship match, Albert Veloz (Cage Combat Academy) won a unanimous decision against Ryan Lilley (Bas Ruttens Elite MMA Gym) in a closely-contested battle of strategic striking. The bout itself was compelling and dramatic, with each fighter realizing that one wrong move could result in a fast knockout.

For their efforts in the best championship fight of the night, Veloz and Lilley won gift cards from new U of MMA sponsor Paper Depot.

And in a historic milestone for the U, Vince The Anomaly Cachero (Systems Training Center) became the first-ever University of MMA bantamweight champion, defeating Demar King George (Dream Killer Fight Team) by unanimous decision. Both fighters showed vast improvement from their first match together, two years ago. Cachero was able to outstrike George and maintain ground control.

“We’re very blessed to have the support of such great sponsors as WSS, OTM Fight Shops and Paper Depot. Young fighters need to know that a big part of their career progress is how they perform on game day and by acknowledging that performance it will inspire them to greater heights later in their career,” commented University of MMA founder Turi Altavilla.

“There’s no way of saying that fans didn’t get bang for their buck with this show,” added matchmaker Jay Tan. “This was our longest event ever, and I was amazed at how the fighters and fans were able to maintain such a high energy level so consistently, to the very end.”

Submission of the Night went to Matheus Santos (MMAFC) for his swift and immediate armbar victory. Despite a good amount of the match taking place on the feet, Santos setup and execution was proficient enough to stand out that night.

Michael Blackjack Jackson (Systems Training Center) becomes the first fighter to ever win two Dean’s List honors on the same show, earning both Blue Chip Honors and Fight of the Night, alongside Remington Thorne (Saeksons Muay Thai). Only 24 hours before fight day, it looked like Thorne wouldn’t fight, as his original opponent withdrew due to injury. Once word got around, however, Jackson, the great grandson of legendary boxer Black Jack Johnson, offered to step in and face the young debuter. With nothing for either man to lose, Jackson and Thorne went on to provide a non-stop back-and-forth barnburner that was equally compelling in the standing and grappling departments. In the end, Jackson emerged victorious by unanimous decision.

The Tapout Queen, Jasmine Pouncy (Nubians MMA), earned her second Dean’s List honor, this time for Knockout of the Night. At Fight Night 9, the 18-year old dynamo claimed Fight of the Night honors with her opponent, Daria Berenato. Coincidentally, Pouncy faced Berenato’s teammate, Akari Wang, who was all focus and no fear in the cage. But Pouncy’s hands represented her surname accurately with a pounding right hook and left cross.

Quick results for University of MMA: Fight Night 10 (May 31, 2015):

145 lbs. – Benito Mendez (Kings Combat Sports) def. Sergio Gonzalez (Yuma United Fight Team) via unanimous decision

135 lbs. – Julio Santa Cruz (Systems Training Center) def. David Perez (Riverside Submission) via unanimous decision

145 lbs. – Kurt Eberhard (Saekson Muay Thai) def. Andrew Secaida (Dream Killer Fight Team) via unanimous decision

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

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

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

125 lbs. – Matheus Leaondro Santos (MMAFC) def. Angel ‘The Kraken’ Diaz (Systems Training Center) via submission (armbar), R1, 0:59

155 lbs. – Zach Kraschinsky (Bas Rutten’s Elite Training Center) def. Troy Hargrow (Nubians MMA) via submission (rear naked choke), R2, 1:14

205 lbs. – Travis Williams (Elite Training Center) def. Jonathan ‘Jonny McGregor’ Sweitzer (Valhalla ETC) via TKO, R2, 1:34

155 lbs. – Remington Thorne (Saekson Muay Thai) def. Michael ‘Blackjack’ Jackson (Systems Training Center) via unanimous decision

120 lbs. (catchweight) – Jasmine ‘Tapout Queen’ Pouncy (Nubians MMA) def. Akari Wang (Systems Training Center) via KO, R1, 0:53

University of MMA Featherweight Championship:

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

University of MMA Bantamweight Championship:

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

University of MMA Lightweight Championship Tournament Finals:

155 lbs. – Antonio Lopez (Gooch Training Academy/Saekson Muay Thai) def. Julio Lopez (Kings Combat Sports) via unanimous decision

University of MMA: Fight Night 11 takes place on Sunday, August 16, at Club Nokia at L.A. LIVE. Doors open at 4:30pm and first fight takes place at 5:00pm. Tickets are on sale now through

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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 sixteen shows in Southern California. 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 ( 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,, 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 ( 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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