San Diego, Californa – EPIC Fighting returns to the GFL Combat Sports Network on December 3 at the Four Points Sheraton in San Diego, California for what promises to be EPIC Fighting’s biggest and best show yet, EPIC Fighting 9, Live on iPPV at The 15-bout card is the culmination of a lot of hard work as the hotly anticipated California State Mixed Martial Arts Finals are finally here.  There’s no telling what is going to happen in the 2011 EPIC Fighting finale featuring the richest talent-laden amateur tournament to hit California’s mixed martial arts scene ever.  Fighters from both Southern and Northern California will be competing in this impressive event where the stars of tomorrow will compete today. 

In one of the co-main events, Richard Parra (6-4) battles Francisco “Panchito” Castro (5-3) in a featherweight tussle.  Parra trains at The Pit, world famous for being the home of former UFC Champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell.  Parra utilizes the same style as Liddell as 5 of his 6 wins have come via KO or TKO.  For Castro, who is riding a 4-fight win streak he prefers to grind out his opponents and break their will as 4 of his 5 victories have come via decision.  Expect the clash of styles between these two warriors to make for an exciting fight as they try to take the next step in their MMA careers and become Champion of California.  Nobody puts on high octane fights like the lighter weight athletes so assume Parra versus Castro will be in the running for “fight of the night”.

In another high profile match and a battle of undefeated fighters, Mike Flach (5-0) meets Lamar Reed (4-0) in a middleweight bout.  Flach is a well-rounded fighter with victories coming via KO and submission.  The Millennia MMA trained athlete will need everything in his arsenal to defeat Reed.  For Reed, fighting out of Oakdale MMA’s Last Stand Fight, he will look to utilize his wrestling advantage which he has successful used to shut down all of his previous opponents.  Reed is a 2X All-American in college and placed at the Greco Nationals so expect him to look for a takedown early and often.  Flach will have to be able to fight from his back which is something he is very capable of doing, so this fight should be a barnburner. 

All of the weight classes will be on the line including, flyweight, bantamweight, featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight, cruiserweight and heavyweight.  That’s 9 divisions and titles that will be in the mix on Dec. 3 so don’t miss this unique opportunity to see some of the sports brightest athletes compete in the deepest amateur tournament in California history.

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