Encino Martial Arts Training Center

Explode and U of MMA and Spar Star and UFC

Explode, University of MMA, Spar Star and UFC - What do they have in common?

Encino, The Valley

They all had Systems Training Centers fighters representing at them. The STC MMA team is one of the busiest teams in Southern California, with fights almost every weekend. Any week you come in to see the fight team in training, there is always someone in training camp for an upcoming fight. Or someone on the sidelines, doing light work, because they just fought.

Although Systems Training Center can be found in HawthorneSouth Bay and Encino in the valley, the team gets to travel quite a bit. A few weeks ago, Systems CrossFitKickboxing instructor and MMA fighter Dima Gerasimov, travelled to Sand Diego to fight for the MMA promotion Explode. Long trip for a short fight, that ended in 1 minute with Dima winning by RNC.

The following week, Javel "Showdown" McKenzie, travelled to Las Vegas to represent STC MMA for King Of the Cage. Javel's original opponent pulled out but Showdown hadn't travelled in vain, as he stepped up a weight class and won a unanimous decision in a hard fought fight against a bigger opponent. Below is a short clip of Javel showcasing some of his BJJ skills. Showing great gameness and heart by stepping up Javel, who is staying very active with MMAboxingBJJ and kickboxing fights!

Last weekend, we had no less than 5 fighters step into the cage for the University of MMA!

First up, very talented Junior Santa Cruz came in and showed his skills in a very one-sided fight against a tough opponent that kept trying. You know you have a bright future when veteran commentator from the legendary MMA promotions Strikeforce and Pride Mauro Ranallo watches your fight and says "that guy needs to turn pro already - he has talent!"


We also want to congratulate kids MMA instructor Angel Diaz, who fought a great fight but got caught - we win or we learn and we know Angel will be back! Also, cudos to Akari Wang, who stepped into the cage but was overmatched. 

Michael Jackson (yes, for the 100th time - that is his actual name!), who took a fight with only 1 (!!) day's notice! MJ stepped in against a very game Remy Thorne of Saekson's Muay Thai, who's opponent had pulled out. The fight had the crowd on their feet, with both of the fighters dropping each other and having dangerous moments with MJ won a unanimous decision! Click here for MJ's unorthodox warm up! 

Co-main event and title fight was Systems' BJJ coach and Mana Sport Foundation founder Vince Cachero, who yet again looked very calm and composed, dominating the fight on the ground and winning a unanimous decision and the 135 pound U of MMA belt!

Today, Kickboxing and CrossFit instructor and MMA fighter Christos Giagos fights for the UFC in New Orleans! Tune in to Fox Sports 1, against Chris Wade for UFC fight night - make sure you tune in at 5pm PST - let's go Christos!!!

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