Spotlight on San Diego as they get set to host CAMO Regional Championships

After dominating the last show at the Four Points By Sheraton Hotel on , The Arena MMA Team is claiming they are ready to take it to the next level. Photo: Jim Wyatt

After dominating in the last Epic Fighting show of the year, The Arena MMA Team, led by Tyler Sidders and Tom Watson, claim they’re now ready to take it to the next level.

September 6, 2013 

Not all that different from the NCAA which showcases their top athletes to the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball through their College Bowl Games, College World Series, and such, the California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization, Inc. (CAMO), a nonprofit public benefit corporation created to oversee and maintain the safety and credibility of amateur MMA in our state. The qualified athletes will compete in eight different regions throughout the state (Los Angeles, Orange County, San Bernardino/Riverside, San Diego, Bay Area, Sacramento, Central Valley, and Central Coast). 

Once again, Epic Fighting of San Diego was chosen to host the first leg of this California Amateur MMA State Championship Tournament to be held September 13, 2013 at the Four Points By Sheraton Hotel. As of this writing Epic Fighting 20 has 34 of San Diego County’s top MMA fighters scheduled to compete. The winners then go on to the State Quarterfinals, followed by the State Semi-Finals with the best finally ending up in the State Championship in November/December 2013.

“Epic Fighting’s purpose is to provide San Diego’s talented MMA fighters with the necessary experience and exposure to become professional fighters,” states Jason Stewart, CEO of Epic Fighting. “It is an honor to be selected by CAMO to host this year’s Regionals. We are now busy matching up the top-tiered talent and I am confident several of these fighters have the ability to make it to the State Championship.”

San Diego has quickly become the hotbed of the sport for up and coming mixed martial artists not only to train but to launch their careers. By holding the CAMO sanctioned shows at various venues throughout San Diego County, promoters like Epic Fighting help these amateur fighters gain the experience in a convenient, effective and safe environment.

“Since the promoters do an incredible job of promoting these events all year, we have no doubt they will match the best fighters in each region to vie for the title in this year’s championship,” said Jeremy Lappen, CEO of CAMO. “It was proven last year that California has a wealth of incredible amateur MMA talent, and several of our champions from the past year have already gone on to great success at the pro level.”

For more information and tickets for the upcoming show at the Four Points By Sheraton Hotel in San Diego on September 13, 2013 go to

Early look at the match-ups set for the upcoming regional tournament

125 pound title

Ashley Yoder of Team Quest vs Jessica Valencia of Black House Team Noguiera

150 pound title

Julio Aguilara of Team Quest versus David Fabian of Adrenaline MMA

145 pound title

Ashraf Hamideh of Team Quest vs Razul Ware an Independent

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Tyler Sidders from The Arena MMA vs Luther Smalls from The Pit

155 pound Title

Devin Taylor/The Arena MMA vs Joey Sowka of SwiftKick MMA

170 pound title

Bruno Machado of Victory MMA vs Jeremy Howard of The Arena MMA

185 pounds

Hector Saldana of Team Quest vs TBA

170 pounds 

Robert Marsters of The Arena MMA vs Tony Bungo an Independent

125 Tourney

Chris Kirk of Victory MMA vs Michael Reyes of KnuckleHeadz

135 pound Tourney

Richard Alarcon of Team Oyama vs Jose Jimenez of USSD

145 pound tourney

Ruben Quinonez of the Pimpit Fight Team vs Abraham Nava

155 pound tourney

Tim Quiorga of Team Quest vs Javier Garcia/Team CANI Showdown

170 pound tourney

Matthew Spencer of Team Hallway vs Cesar Gonzalez of Knuckle up Nobody’s

185 pound Tourney

Chris Lloyd/Victory MMA vs Adrian Garcia of Millennia MMA

205 Tourney

Jerell Cephas of Cephas Karate & Jui Jitsu vs Jens Grau of Elite MMA

230 Tourney

William Smith of CSA vs TBA

260 pound tourney

Avedis Terzian of MTA vs Sergio Marroquin of Lights Out

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