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Brian Del Rosario Continues Miraculous Comeback After Surviving Motorcycle Accident

In a battle between two rising prospects, Brian Del Rosario (4-2) will make his second straight LXF appearance and look to continue his comeback run against Alex Trinidad (4-2) in a 150-pound catchweight fight during LXF 2 on July 6 at the Burbank Marriott Events Center.

In May, the all-around Filipino fighter had made easy work of Sergio Quinones and submitted him via a d’arce choke mid-way through the first round during LXF 1. It was his first fight since surviving a near-fatal motorcycle accident that left him hospitalized earlier this year. 

Brian Del Rosario

“My biggest learning from my accident is that life is too short to not be doing what you love,” said Del Rosario. “I didn’t feel fully recovered during my last fight but when you got the heart of a champion, you don’t let things like that get in your way. I’m lucky to be alive, and to say that I can fight again.”

“The Bad Boy” Del Rosario, a 29-year-old who trains out of Saekson Academy, will be looking to apply his Muay Thai, boxing, BJJ and wrestling skills against Trinidad to take home his second victory in as many months. 

“I think Trinidad is an all-around good fighter, but my job is to implement my game plan and execute it,” said Del Rosario. 

Nicknamed “The Ice Cream Man” because he has a propensity to finish opponents via “the banana split” submission, the 30 year-old Trinidad, who hails from the Imperial Valley and is a chief in the US Navy and a mine warfare expert to boot, will be fighting for the third time in three-and-a-half months. 

“I’m looking to prove that I belong with the best in the world. My team and I believe that we can beat any opponent on any given day and I want to show everyone that I’m the future,” said Trinidad. “I’m an unorthodox grinder. On my feet, fans can expect different angles. On the ground, my goal is to drown my opponent every time.”

Trinidad’s last two fights, one win (April), one loss (March), were on 10-day and 20-day notice, so he feels that finally having a full training camp facing Del Rosario will help propel him even further come fight night. 

“I’m constantly competing, so I am always training hard and in shape,” said Trinidad. “Del Rosario’s strongest skill set is his stand-up game. He’s a really good Muay Thai fighter, but I also think that’s his weakest skill because it’s very conventional and doesn’t have a lot of angles and rhythm to deal with.”

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.

For more information, news and developments, visit www.LightsOutXF.com, and follow along online on the following LXF platforms—Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the LXF Newsletter.

Former NFL Player Chris McCain Makes MMA Debut Inside The LXF Cage

In the very first snap of his professional career, former NFL player Chris McCain blocked a punt while he was playing special teams. Moments later in the same game between the Dolphins and Patriots, he lined up on the defensive side of the ball and sacked Tom Brady.

“It was an out-of-body experience,” said McCain. 

Chris McCain

McCain, a speedy pass-rusher who played the LEO position for four years in the league with the Dolphins, Saints and Chargers, will now bring his 6-foot 5-inch, 205-pound body inside the Lights Out Xtreme Fighting cage when he makes his MMA debut July 6 during LXF 2.

“Being in the NFL was pretty stressful and depressing for me,” said McCain. “Even though I had some success, it was the lowest years of my life. I didn’t want to play football anymore. I wasn’t in love with the sport. I felt like I was on a leash. 

“I always found my outlet and happiness when I was training MMA. I’ve been an MMA fan for a long time, and now I’ve found my new career in fighting, and I couldn’t be happier.”

The North Carolina-native showed brief flashes of playmaking ability during his limited time in the league despite low snap counts. He tallied seven sacks and three forced fumbles in 35 games as a situational pass-rusher. His best year was his last in the NFL with the Chargers when he racked up 5.5 sacks in 2017.

McCain officially moved on from football last year after the Colts placed him on injured reserve with an ankle injury days before the regular season started. He was also dealing with charges for two counts of misdemeanor battery stemming from an incident in January 2018. McCain allegedly spit and grabbed a victim’s neck while he says he was defending his then-fiancée who was pregnant at the time from an altercation with other people. He ended up serving seven days in jail last year. 

“The last year has been hell for me. Being in jail was a wake-up call,” said McCain, who used his platform on social media to document his community labor in hopes of others learning from his shortcomings. “Jail allowed for me to find myself. I started expressing myself more on paper, wrote music for an EP I released and realized my second chance. I feel like I have found my happy place now.”

McCain said he’s been fighting his entire life to earn his keep, and it will be no different with MMA. His promising college football career at Cal came to a sudden stop in 2013 when he was kicked off the team for detrimental conduct one day after speaking up and questioning then-coach Sonny Dykes for not being upset enough after a 39-point defeat to Oregon.

Despite finishing his collegiate career with 90 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and five sacks in 24 games (18 starts), the former Cal standout went undrafted due to perceived red flags.

“All I’ve ever had to do is prove myself,” said McCain. “But now, the same reason why I wanted to make money playing football, I can do so with MMA. It’s just me and nobody else. I like the pressure of one-on-one combat. It’s a great outlet. I love to train MMA—even more so than the NFL.”

McCain’s passion for MMA kicked into second gear in 2014 when he was playing for the Dolphins. He trained in the Afro-Brazilian martial art capoeira to improve his spin moves and the mobility of his hips as he was constantly adding and dropping weight to better suit the demands of pass-rushing assignments at the linebacker and defensive end positions. During his stint in Los Angeles, he met Chargers legend and LXF co-founder Shawne Merriman, who extended an invite to McCain whenever he was ready to take the sport more seriously. 

Once football was officially out of the picture, McCain utilized the training services and tutelage of former MMA fighter Antonio McKee (29-6-2) at The Bodyshop in Lakewood, California. Together, they’re now looking to leverage McCain’s long, lanky limbs and speed similar to the likes of Jon Jones and Israel Adesanya. McCain and McKee have been conditioning in recent months to build stamina and endurance as they graduate from amateur fights, where each round is two minutes, to the professional ranks of five minutes each.

“I’m a striker, and I’m still understanding all of the power that I possess. My technique is getting better, and my speed has equated to better power,” said McCain. “I can definitely see MMA growing to be an outlet for NFL players, especially for those who want to get nasty and get their hands dirty. It really depends on who you are as a person. Not everyone is built for it.”

McCain’s aggressive demeanor can perhaps be traced back to his bloodlines—he is a third cousin of Mike Tyson.

“My intention is to demolish and break something in my opponent’s body every time I fight,” said McCain, who will be fighting 30 pounds less than his NFL playing days. “This is my new professional career, and I still have a lot of time to whoop some ass.”

As confrontational as McCain may seem, he also has a well-documented soft spot. The first job he ever worked was at a daycare making $5 a day, and his love for children carried over to the gridiron, as he became known for scanning the stands in search of a young fan to invite onto the football field. About 90 minutes before every home and road game of his career, McCain would take kids around the field for a walk and chaperone them to their favorite players.

“My walks were all about the kids,” McCain said, who has a son and daughter himself. “I would make sure they met their favorite players. It was a way of giving back and offering an experience I never had growing up. It actually allowed for me to get my mind right for the game, too.”

McCain would emphasize to the children during his walks that without a proper education, their dreams of shining on the big stage would be difficult to materialize.

He now looks to accomplish much different dreams of his own and shine under an entirely new set of lights for the second act of his career.

“As raw as I am, I’m still young,” said the 27-year-old McCain. “I have a lot of time to get it right and progress. The first fight will set the tone for what’s to come. I see myself fighting in MMA for the next 10 years.”

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.

For more information, news and developments, visit www.LightsOutXF.com, and follow along online on the following LXF platforms—Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the LXF Newsletter.

Jared Papazian Marks MMA Return With LXF Title Clash Against A.J. Bryant

The LXF featherweight championship will be up for grabs when A.J. Bryant (10-3) trades fists with Jared Papazian (19-13-1) in a 145-pound title clash during LXF 2 on July 6 at the Burbank Marriott Events Center.

Papazian, a former King of the Cage champion and three-time UFC veteran, will be returning to the cage for the first time in over two years and look to regain his his all-action, crowd-pleasing fighting form. Papazian briefly put his career on pause and stepped away from the cage to pursue a new venture in real estate for the second-largest commercial brokerage in the world with Colliers International. His love and passion for the sport and fighting, however, still remained. 

“After I lost my last fight in April 2017, I decided it was time to focus on my future and fighting at the time was not in the cards—but the itch to get back into the cage was always there,” said Papazian, a student of Gokor Chivichyan who was a highly touted prospect earlier in his career. “Fans can still expect fireworks and ‘fight of the night’-like performances from me.”

The 31-year-old Dutch kickboxing combatant noted that his approach to the sport and training has changed since his brief break because he now feels more relaxed. 

“I can enjoy the sport and have fun again,” said Papazian. “Before the pressure was too much because the goal was to make it a career. Now that I’m doing very well in my new venture, I fight for fun and take it one fight at a time. But I still have my killer instinct and want to bring home that belt.”

The “Jackhammer” will face a talented and tough opponent in Bryant, who was the CXF champion and riding an eight-fight winning streak before falling to Evgeniy Ryazanov in April. The strong striker is looking to bounce against the battle-tested Papazian, who like Ryazanov, brings plenty of pedigree into their fight with 36 total fights under his belt of his own. 

“I don’t know too much about Jared. I respect him, but in that cage, I respect no one. I have one job, and that’s to finish the fight,” said Bryant. “I’m a pressure fighter. I come forward and push a very fast pace. I remain extremely calm and like to break people down with beautiful destruction.”

Bryant, 31, said that in his armbar submission defeat to Ryazanov, he learned that sometimes the perfect opportunity may not come during a fight, and when it doesn’t, he must make better adjustments. 

“I’m not looking to score points or trade shots. I’m there to put Jared away,” said Bryant. “I come to entertain the audience and get my hand raised.” 

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.

For more information, news and developments, visit www.LightsOutXF.com, and follow along online on the following LXF platforms—Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the LXF Newsletter.

Jack May Defends LXF Heavyweight Crown Against Jay Silva in Burbank

Fresh off of a thrilling, championship-winning performance in his Lights Out Xtreme Fighting debut, heavyweight titleholder Jack May will defend his belt for the first time against Brazilian brawler Jay Silva.

The battle between two decorated, 38-year-old heavyweights who have fought in every major fight promotion around the world will be the headlining fight for LXF 2 on July 6 at the Burbank Marriott Events Center.

Jack May Defends LXF Heavyweight Crown Against Jay Silva

May (11-6eran of UFC, Bellator, PFL and K-1, won the heavyweight crown at LXF 1 with a brutal beatdown of Mike Quintero. The American heavyweight’s circuitous life has spanned stints at four colleges and even overseas as a basketball player, and it came to a championship-defining moment when he avenged his controversial 2018 defeat to Quintero earlier this year. 

“I was cheated in the first match, and Mike Quintero paid for it the second time around. I was given a fair shake and a chance to prove that I’m the better fighter, and I left my mark,” said May. “The victory wasn’t fulfilling, but it was expected. The same will be true when it comes to Silva on July 6.”

The 6-foot-8-inch May is an athletic and agile striker who utilizes swift footwork from his days as a basketball player to leverage his kickboxing skills.

He’ll be bringing a six-inch height advantage, and three-inch reach advantage into the cage against Silva come fight night. 

Silva (12-12-1), a veteran of UFC and Bellator himself who has trained under Renzo Gracie in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and earned a purple belt, is riding a two-fight winning streak and has been champing at the bit to test his in-cage pedigree against May. The Huntington Beach, California-resident feels rejuvenated, and believes having a proper training camp—several of his previous losses have come when he’s served as a last-minute replacement for another opponent —will give him the edge that he needs to put on a powerful performance.

“I’m always looking to prove to myself that I still have it by fighting the best. Once I get that belt from Jack, I’ll prove it again,” said Silva. “He’s a good dude. A lot of my friends are friends with him as well. It’s nothing personal, it’s just business, because I want what he has.” 

“The Spider Killer” said that although he prefers to stand up and trade strikes, he’s just as crafty on the ground and he will take the fight there should it come to that because he feels that “The Outlaw” is at his weakest on the mat.

“He doesn’t look too comfortable on his back,” said Silva. “I saw his last fight and that was enough for me. I don’t like to watch too much of my opponent’s fights. I worry about myself. I plan to rip his head off, so let the best man win. I’m sure I will.” 

“Silva’s strongest skill set is his jaw muscle—he likes to yap—and his weakest is his heart,” said May. “He can do all of the talking that he wants. I’ll soon do mine with my fists.”

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.

For more information, news and developments, visit www.LightsOutXF.com, and follow along online on the following LXF platforms—Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the LXF Newsletter.

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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For more information, news and developments, visit www.LightsOutXF.com  , and follow along online on the following LXF platforms—Instagram , Facebook , Twitter , YouTube and the LXF  Newsletter .

Man With Gun Subdued by MMA Instructor

A Mixed Martial Arts Instructor used his training to subdue a man who entered the Defiant MMA Mixed Martial Arts Studio, located at 146 W. Cypress Avenue, Tuesday, August 29 around 9 pm.

Jacobe Powell said he was giving a private lesson when the man walked in and approached him in what was described as an “aggressive” manner.

Suspect is assisted by a Burbank Paramedic at the scene (Photo By Brandon Buckley)

The suspect entered the gym carrying a black messenger-style bag. As he approached one of the instructors, he then reached into the bag.  The instructor, based on his instincts and training, felt the male was reaching for a weapon. In order to protect himself, Powell used martial arts techniques, which he said was his Judo training, to control and subdue the suspect until police arrived. 

It was learned the suspect, who has still not been identified by police but had in his possession of a Virginia Identification Card, was in fact armed with a loaded handgun, which was inside the messenger bag.

When police officers arrived, they observed the suspect being subdued and they detained the suspect in handcuffs and secured the weapon. There were no shots fired inside the business.  Several patrons were inside the gym at the time and provided statements to police. 

(Photo By Brandon Buckley)

The suspect sustained injuries as a result of the physical contact with the gym instructor.  He was transported to a local hospital and is still being treated at this time.

It appears the suspect and gym instructor knew each other.  An exact motive for the suspect’s actions is still unknown.

The suspect is in police custody at this time, although he has not yet been booked into a jail facility.  He is facing, at minimum, a booking charge of assault with a deadly weapon.  We have yet to confirm the name of the suspect through booking identification procedures.

Powell said, ” This is not the best part of Burbank. We have had issues with the homeless and drug addicts”.

When asked if his MMA training had saved his life, his response was “Absolutely, 100 percent”.