ONTARIO – Roughly a month ago, Jared “the Jackhammer” Papazian was entrenched in his plans to take a break from mixed martial arts.
Things can change with little notice in the world of MMA, though.
And on Saturday afternoon, Papazian emerged from a break with a breakthrough performance.
Using precise strikes and one very effective takedown, Papazian took a unanimous decision from John Robles in their three-round bantamweight bout on Saturday afternoon at the World Series of Fighting 4 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.
“It feels great to be back in the winning circle,” said Papazian, who trains out of Burbank Gracie Barra, among other Southern California locales.
Papazian (16-10) used a diverse array of accurate striking and a second-round takedown that controlled much of the round to take the decision 30-27 (twice) and 29-28 over Robles (7-2), a friend and former training partner of Papazian. The bout was the second of the card on the preliminary portion.