COMMERCE — Having built a reputation as a stand-up fighter willing to go to war each and every time, Jared “The Jackhammer” Papazian showed he’s putting his best foot forward in developing as an all-around mixed-martial-arts fighter.
Looking to fight his way back into the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Papazian took the first step, using strong striking and six takedowns in an ever-improving ground game to secure a unanimous decision win over Terrion Ware at Friday night’s BAMMA USA “Badbeat 8” at the Commerce Casino.
“Everyone and their mom knows I’m gonna stand and bang,” said Papazian, who trains under Alberto Crane at Gracie Barra Burbank, in his postfight, in-cage interview. “I’m trying to change that.”
Papazian (15-9) also changed his luck as of late, putting an end to a three-fight skid with a one-sided performance over Los Angeles’ Ware (5-2). All three judges scored it 30-27, as did the Burbank Leader.