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Jared 'Jackhammer' Papazian notches World Series win over John Robles

Mixed martial arts: Burbank-trained fighter defeats John Robles via unanimous decision at World Series of Fighting 4.

August 10, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • File Photo: Burbank-trained fighter Jared Papazian picked up a unanimous decision victory over John Robles.
File Photo: Burbank-trained fighter Jared Papazian… (Raul Roa/Staff…)

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.

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Following a disheartening loss at a National Fight Alliance show to Brandon Bender via first-round submission in May, Papazian had planned to concentrate on muay Thai fights and jiu jitsu tournaments to build a better all-around game before an eventual MMA return. But roughly three weeks before Saturday, he was offered the fight with Robles. Opportunity knocked, Papazian answered and the two decided to put their friendship aside for 15 minutes.

It didn’t stop Papazian from being Papazian, though, as he talked trash during the fight, implored Robles to come at him, even wagging his finger at Robles after getting the better of a third-round exchange that Robles initiated.

“I would say [I was] in my zone. I like to have a little fun,” said Papazian, who embraced Robles after the fight. “I’m like, ‘You’re too slow, man. Hit me.'”

While the fight was still plenty entertaining, Papazian, who prides himself on putting on fight-of-the-night-type performances, didn’t go for the kill, as he realized going in how important a victory was above all else.

“I needed a victory,” Papazian said. “My goal was just to win the fight.”

Papazian’s lead corner man and trainer at Burbank Gracie Barra, Alberto Crane, agreed that the win was too important for any ill-advised risks, but did think Papazian could’ve finished the fight.

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