LXF2 Fight Night in Burbank

 Shawne Merriman collaborates in the development of the LXF Fighting Events. (courtesy photo)
Shawne Merriman collaborates in the development of the LXF Fighting Events. (courtesy photo)

By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com

With the intention of developing the next generation of MMA fighters Lights Out Xtreme Fighting (LXF) has given multiple fighters the opportunity to show off their combat fighting skills. Their second event LXF2 was hosted in Burbank at the Marriott Convention Center post the earthquake on Saturday night. Shawne Merriman brought out some of the best fighters from all around looking to expose their skillset and make a name for themselves in the fight game.

After America saw fireworks Thursday night, MMA fans got a chance to see fireworks in the cage on Saturday night in Burbank. This action-packed fight night was centered around a couple of Title fights and a pro debut from a former NFL player. Along with a swan song from another local legend in the fighting world.

The night began with some animosity between Jamal Harris and former New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Chargers Chris McCain. Though Jamal vowed to take the fight to the inexperienced McCain, it was McCain that actually took the fight to Harris early in the fight. Though the fight could’ve been stopped in the first round, McCain finished of Harris early in the second with a ground and pound stoppage.

Featherweights (1-1) Roberto Romero and (1-3) Julian Baez fought in a highly contested matchup that went the distance. Baez edged out the Romero on the judge’s scorecard.

Gilbert Nakatani made his Pro Debut against (1-1) Mykola Aivazian at a 130lb catchweight. Nakatani stopped Aiviazian in the 2nd round of their fight, with a big time knock out.

Featherweight and local favorite, (2-0-1) Blake Bilder took on (4-7-1) Derion Chapman. Behind a ruckus crowd supporting him. Bilder won a decision from the judges as the fight went to the scorecards.

(4-2) Alex Trinidad took on (4-2) Brian Del Rosario at a catchweight of 150 lbs., this toughly contested fight also went to the scorecards. In a minor upset, Alex Trinidad won by the judges’ decision to earn his 5th career win.

(5-2) Taylor Alfaro and (4-3) Sergio Perez fight nearly went the distance at a 140 catchweight. Though Perez forced Alfaro to tap out on the 3rd round gaining his 5th professional win.

(20-13-1) Jared Papazian and (10-2) A.J. Bryant fought for the Featherweight Title this past Saturday night. Though the crowd was filled with many Papazian fans, Bryant proved to be the better fighter throughout and ended the fight with a knockout in the 2nd round.

In the strangest result of the evening didn’t happen in the cage as Jack May didn’t show up to defend his Heavyweight Title belt against the brawler from Brazil Jay Silva. Frustrated about his opponent not showing up the fight, Silva was not pleased to be given the title that evening as he apologized to those in attendance for not being able to get in the ring tonight.

Bantamweights (5-5) Keith Carson and (9-4) Alfred Khashakyan fought at 135lbs. Khashakyan overwhelmed Carson and KO’d him in the 2nd round of the fight.

To close out fight night (5-8) Hector Valenzuela was matched up against local fan favorite (16-8) Chad George. George ended the fight with a 2nd round submission hold that forced the Valenzuela tap.

This was a great showing of combat sports this past weekend, which gave these fighters a great opportunity to show their skills. This sold-out event brought out passionate MMA fans to see these upcoming fighters’ carry out their dreams of becoming household names and champions. Merriman should be credited for providing a forum for the next generation of fighters to show off their heart and talent. LXF3 is scheduled for September of 2019, see www.lightsoutfx.com for the upcoming fight schedule.

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