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Lights Out XTreme Fighting a Big Hit in Burbank

Former Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Chris McCain made his amateur MMA debut Saturday night in a Lights Out Xtreme Fighting card at the Burbank Marriott Events Center.

The 6-foot-5, McCain was clearly the more fit of the two fighters and he knocked out Oxnard’s Jared Harris at the 38 second mark of the second round.

“I didn’t think I was going to knock him out with a kick. I thought I was going to punch him. In the first round when I kicked and got on top of him, I thought the ref was going to stop it so I kind of threw all the power I had for a little bit,” said McCain, who weighed in at 221 pounds, and last played for the Chargers in 2017.

Former Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Chris McCain gets ready to enter the ring.

The card continued with a number of professional bouts.

Perhaps the most impressive of the professionals was Glendale’s Alfred Khashakyan, competing at 142 pounds, who knocked out Keith Carson of San Bernardino at 3:13 of the first round

“I punch really hard. If I catch him a couple of times, I’m going to knock him out. He tried to wrestle me at first but he didn’t know I was prepared for wrestling too,” Khashakyan said. “I put him on the ground and put his lights out. If you’re a fighter, you have to be ready for everything. I was ready for everything tonight.”

Khashakyan improved to 10-4 with the victory.

In other bouts, Julian Baez won a unanimous decision featherweight contest over Roberto Romero.Gilbert Nakatani of Covina, competing at 131 pounds, won his pro debut over Glendale’s Mykola Aivazian with a second-round tap out.

Jared Papazian (left) takes on A.J. Bryant.

Blake Bilder, competing at 145 pounds, won a unanimous decision over Derion Chapman.

Alex Trinidad, competing at 151 pounds, earned a unanimous decision over Brian Del Rosario.

North Hollywood’s Sergio Perez celebrates his victory over Taylor Alfaro.

North Hollywood’s Sergio Perez, competing at 141 pounds, stopped Taylor Alfaro at the 34 second mark  of the third round with an arm bar.

AJ Bryant knocked out Jared Papazian in a featherweight title fight at the 2:42 mark of the second round.

Chad George, who was competing in his final career fight, stopped Hector Valenzuela at the 4:01 mark of the second round, as Valenzuela tapped out.

Lights Out Xtreme Fighting Returns Saturday, July 6 in Burbank

Lights Out Xtreme Fighting (LXF) will be bringing the fistic fireworks on Independence Day Weekend when it returns July 6 to The Media City for a full night of MMA action and two championship bouts at the Burbank Marriott Events Center.

First, LXF Heavyweight Champion Jack May (11-6) will defend his belt for the first time against Brazilian brawler Jay Silva (12-12-1). May, a veteran of UFC, Bellator, PFL and K-1, won the heavyweight crown at LXF 1 in a brutal beatdown of Mike Quintero. Silva is riding a two-fight winning streak and has been champing at the bit to test his in-cage pedigree against May.

Then, the LXF Featherweight Championship Belt will be up for grabs when A.J. Bryant  (10-3) trades fists with Jared Papazian  (19-13-1) in a 145-pound LXF title clash.

The LXF’s mission is to develop the next generation of MMA fighters while also offering athletes from other sports a platform to step into the cage and pursue their dreams, and former NFL defensive lineman Chris McCain will seize the opportunity and crossover into LXF.

McCain, a four-year NFL veteran who’s played 35 career games for the Chargers, Dolphins and Saints, was recruited by LXF co-founder Shawne Merriman to make his MMA debut on July 6. He will fight Jamal Harris (0-2).

The action-packed night of fights will additionally feature Alfred Khashakyan (9-4) returning to the cage after a dominant showing knocking out Albert Morales during LXF 1 when he takes on Keith Carson (7-5) in a 135-pound showdown.

Also, veteran Southern California fan favorite Chad George  (17-8) will be stepping into the cage for the last time in his career for a “retirement fight” against Hector Valenzuela (6-11).

Just like the inaugural LXF 1 show, LXF 2 will later air  on Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket.

Chris McCain feature profile story
May-Silva preview story 
Papazian-Bryant preview story  
Del Rosario-Trinidad preview story

Highlights from LXF 1

Complementing the two title bouts and featured attractions at LXF 2 will be a full card of fights:

  • Brian Del Rosario (4-2) will make his second straight LXF appearance and look to continue his winning ways against Alex Trinidad (4-2) in a 150-pound catchweight fight.
  • Sergio Perez (4-2) will take on Taylor Alfaro (4-3) as both fighters look to bounce back from defeats in a 140-pound catchweight fight.
  • Blake Bilder (2-0-1) will step into the cage against Derion Chapman (5-8-1) for a battle between a pair of 145-pound featherweight contenders.
  • Julian Baez (1-3), who suffered a knockout defeat during LXF 1, will look to get back into the win column against Roberto Hernandez (0-0).
  • Gilbert Nakatani (1-0) will take on Mykola Aivazian (1-1) as both fighters seek their second career win.
  • In a faceoff between two American female fighters, Tiani Valle (2-1) will take on Loveth Young (1-0-1).

Tickets for LXF 2 can be purchased beginning at $65 online at LightsOutXF.com or at the Burbank Marriott Events Center box office during fight night. VIP Dinner and Bottle Service Tables are also available.

Doors open at 6 p.m. PST, and the first bout will take place at 7 p.m. PST. All bouts are subject to change.

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