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Jared Papazian's all-around attack pays off

Mixed martial arts: Burbank-trained fighter earns unanimous decision over Terrion Ware in event Friday night.

March 15, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • Mixed Martial arts fighter Jared Papazian, 24, at Gracie Barra Gym in Burbank on Thursday, May 31, 2012. Papazian will fight in Florida June 8.
Mixed Martial arts fighter Jared Papazian, 24, at Gracie… (Raul Roa / Staff…)

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.

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Using an array of offense that included knees out of the muay Thai clinch and of the flying variety, along with leg kicks, uppercuts and plenty of rights and lefts, Papazian’s added dimension was his wrestling.

“I changed things up in my game plan a bit,” Papazian said. “Terrion was ready to strike with me. I tried to switch it up on him.”

The first round started a bit tentatively with both fighters sporadically throwing punches. But a Ware flurry initiated a clinch and eventually led to the first of two Papazian takedowns in the round. The biggest blow came with a Papazian counter left hook that got enough of Ware’s chin to floor him. Papazian moved in for the kill and went for a guillotine, but Ware was able to work free. Still Papazian easily took the stanza.

Papazian was more dominant in the second, as a right-left combo hurt Ware, who covered up standing. Papazian let loose on a barrage of hooks. He would later notch two more takedowns and was in top position for the last minute of the round.

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