TARZANA - Jared “Jackhammer” Papazian has had a rollercoaster mixed-martial-arts career thus far and quite a whirlwind of a year.
His bout on Saturday night in the main event of BAMMA USA’s “Pro Elite 3” at the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana was very emblematic of that.
Facing Jeff Martin, Papazian looked to have his opponent on the way out after a barrage of strikes and just as suddenly was caught in a triangle choke. But Papazian was able to weather the storm, pulling through and then, just as suddenly, landing a series of rights to the grounded Martin that called upon the technical-knockout stoppage at 3:52 of the first round.
“I should’ve finished him standing,” said Papazian, who ran his record to 17-10 with his second win in a row and third in his last four. “I was messing around a little too much. I like to have fun.”