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Jared Papazian begins road back

Mixed martial arts: Burbank-trained fighter looks to get back on winning track Friday at BAMMA event.

March 12, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Mixed Martial arts fighter Jared Papazian returns to battle to take on Terrion Ware in the main event of BAMMA USA's "Badbeat 8" at the Commerce Casino.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Mixed Martial arts fighter Jared Papazian… (Raul Roa / Staff…)

In three bouts inside the caged confines of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s octagon, Jared “The Jackhammer” Papazian always delivered exciting and memorable fights.

Unfortunately for Papazian, who trains primarily at Burbank Gracie Barra, action-packed as his bouts were, they all ended in losses.

Papazian is looking to reverse that trend on Friday night, when he returns to battle to take on Terrion Ware in the main event of BAMMA USA’s “Badbeat 8” at the Commerce Casino.

“He’s a stand-up guy, he’s pretty decent,” Papazian said of Ware. “It’s a great fight back from the UFC.

“I wanted to get back in there.”

After his latest setback, a unanimous decision defeat against Tim Elliott in December of last year, Papazian was released from his UFC contract. Despite the loss, Papazian still earned a bonus as the bout was named fight of the night by UFC President Dana White and marked the second time Papazian received a bonus for an exciting fight. Though he’s looking to get back on the winning track, Papazian (14-9) still puts turning in an exciting fight as a priority.

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“Normally when I bang with somebody they end up trying to take me down,” Papazian, 25, said. “Hopefully he doesn’t want to take me down.”

Ware, whose record is listed online on Sherdog.com at 3-1, but said it is actually 5-1, admitted keeping the fight standing is where he is most comfortable, as he has a background in karate and boxing.

“Definitely, standing is more comfortable for me, but I like all aspects of MMA,” said Ware, 26, who shared the same sentiment as Papazian in regard to putting on an entertaining fight. “I love putting on a show for the fans.”

The 135-pound, three-round main event, as it comes against a former King of the Cage champion and three-time UFC veteran, will be the highest-profile fight thus far for Ware.

“Definitely, without question,” said Ware of this being his biggest fight to date. “I know there’s a lot of guys who turned this fight down. When they called me, I immediately said yes.

“I want to fight the best guys.”

Though he admits this is his largest opportunity yet and it’s also his first MMA bout with five-minute rounds as opposed to three-minute stanzas, Ware, who said he also has 12 amateur bouts, is adamant that experience won’t be any kind of detriment to him.

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