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Burbank Gracie Barra goes 3-0 at BAMMA event

Mixed martial arts: Led by Papazian in main event, all three Crane-trained fighters collect first-round stoppage wins.

September 07, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com

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.”

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Papazian’s bantamweight (135 pounds) bout capped an undefeated evening for Gracie Barra Burbank fighters, as Robert Gleckman and Daniel Clark collected first-round stoppage victories as well. All three train in Burbank under former Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran and Brazilian jiu jitsu world champion Alberto Crane.

"It was a good night, everything worked out," said Crane, a Glendale resident. "Jared had a close call, but he got the first-round stopppage."

In all, seven of the eight fights were ended in the first round. 

Papazian is also a former UFC vet, having lost three straight with the organization, then rebounding with a win, then taking another loss and now riding two straight impressive victories.

Aside from the triangle scare, Papazian was utterly dominant throughout en route to his first stoppage win in 11 fights since a TKO win in July of 2010.

"He played [Martin's game on the ground], but he beat him," Crane said. "I'm happy, but I'm still upset because that shouldn't have happened."

Papazian caught a kick off the bat and pressed Martin (10-10) against the cage.

Papazian, fighting and winning for the second time in less than a month, got some separation on the cage and landed a big elbow to the head and kept pressing.

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