California Fight Syndicate Professional MMA event in Santa Monica, CA

(PRESS RELEASE) – Mixed Martial Arts is coming to the City of Angels. On Saturday January 28th California Fight Syndicate presents, Rivalry. CFS, California’s premier fight organization, comes to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in the historic city of Santa Monica.

This first Los Angeles fight will feature both professional and amateur bouts and will showcase some of the most exciting and explosive MMA fighters in Southern California.

The “Rivalry” main event features a featherweight (145lbs) bout pitting Jesse Newell (6-1-0) against Aaron Miller (11-7-0). Jesse is fresh off the UFC’s hit television show The Ultimate Fighter 14: Team Bisping VS Team Miller and is looking to finish Aaron and strengthen his reputation as someone who always finishes his fights. Aaron will be looking to breakdown Jesse and grind out a win to continue his two fight win streak.

Our co-main event features Joe “Leonidas” Henle (5-0-1) taking on Hector Carrillo (4-6-0) in a middleweight (185lbs) showdown. Joe was a fan favorite on The Ultimate Fighter 11: Liddell VS Ortiz and is looking to add Hector to his list of victories. Hector, however, has an array of submissions waiting for “Leonidas” as these two collide at 185lbs.

Also featured on the card are Johnny Hackleman Jr (3-0-0) son of Chuck Liddell’s legendary trainer John Hackleman, Corby Poulis, Makani Sarellano, Sevak Magakian, Jared Papazian and many more explosive fighters. 

There will also be guest appearances by former CFS 170lbs Champion and TUF 13: Lesnar VS Dos Santos winner Tony ‘El Cucuy’ Ferguson, Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez, former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett, and various other mixed martial art superstars.

If you’re an MMA fan or Los Angeles native, this is a historic event you cannot afford to miss!’

This event is open to all ages! For tickets, updated fight information and sponsorship opportunities please visit:

CFS, bringing real MMA to your city!
Fight card subject to change.

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