Dec 8, 2010
(PRESS RELEASE) -- The California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization, Inc. (“CAMO”) crowned official State Champions in eight (8) weight classes in a star studded, action packed event promoted by All Star MMA at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday night, December 4, 2010. The Championship matches featured the best fighters from Northern California vs. the top from Southern California. “These guys represent the best fighters our state has to offer,” states JT Steele, President of CAMO. “They fought their way through the single elimination tournament that began in September in 8 different regions across the state and beat all competitors along the way. They all have very bright futures ahead of them.” CAMO Board of Advisor, Bas Rutten, was also on hand to the present the belts to the newly crowned champions.

The results were as follows (official results can also be found on the CAMO website at http://camo‐‐view&id=29):

135 lbs. Championship – So. Cal Champion German Baltazar (Big John McCarthy’s Ultimate Training Academy) remains undefeated as he won a unanimous decision over Nor Cal Champion Jordan Felix (El Nino Training Center).

145 lbs. Championship – So Cal Champion John Chacon (Millennia MMA) moves to 8‐1 as he won a unanimous decision over Nor Cal Champion Richard Parra (The Pit).

155 lbs. Championship – So Cal Champion Paul Blancaflor (Team Spiritwolf) now 6‐0 submitted Alan Francis Perez (Team Tribull) at 1:49 of the final round.

170 lbs. Championship – So Cal Champion Bill Cooper (Kings MMA, Paragon Jiu Jitsu) won by 1st round submission (his 3rd 1st round submission in a row) against Jared Hess (Main Street Kickboxing).

185 lbs. Championship – Nor Cal Champion Keith Cutrone (SMAC MMA) remains undefeated at 5‐0 earning a first round submission against Chris David Herrera (Team Quest).

205 lbs. Championship – So Cal Champion Manuel Murillo (Team Quest) won by TKO in round 3 against Nor Cal Champion Angelo Henry (Ernie Reyes West Coast).

230 lbs. Championship – So Cal Champion Moses Murrietta (Adrenaline MMA) earned a TKO victory at 1:02 of round 3 against Nor Cal Champion Robert Johnson (Coaching Kids MMA Club).

265 lbs. Championship – Jim Johnson (Big John McCarthy’s Ultimate Training Academy) won the title when doctor stopped the match against Nor Cal Champion Justin Willis (East Palo Alto Gladiator Fight Team) at the end of the first round.

Also, earlier on Saturday, in keeping with its mission of providing valuable training for aspiring professional fighters, the State Champion contenders and many other CAMO licensees were treated to a free seminar open to the public entitled “What You Need to Know Before You Go Pro.” A panel that included Bas Rutten, Josh Barnett and “Razor” Rob McCullough along with an experienced group of managers, promoters and PR professionals spoke to the young fighters about what to expect and what was important to understand should they pursue a career as professional mixed martial artists.

“This was an extremely informative event,” explains CAMO CEO Jeremy Lappen. “For many of these fighters they don’t have access to anyone to learn from about what it really takes to succeed at the next level. We are doing this to give them that knowledge. For these panelists to donate their time to help educate these kids and provide such valuable information for their future careers is really commendable. We greatly appreciate their support and know the athletes are so much better for it.” CAMO hopes to make this an annual seminar to be held in conjunction with future State Championships.

About CAMO:

California Mixed Martial Arts Organization, Inc. (CAMO) ( is a non‐profit public benefit corporation created to oversee and maintain the safety, credibility and integrity of amateur MMA in the State of California. Founded in 2009, CAMO is dedicated to helping foster the growth of the sport of amateur Mixed Martial Arts and to oversee the health, safety and welfare of the athletes that choose to participate in it. On August 24, 2009, the California State Athletic Commission officially delegated to CAMO the exclusive authority to regulate Amateur Mixed Martial Arts in the State of California.
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