Sevak Magakian ready for Bellator debut
Glendale fighter takes on Jason Fischer Thursday in Michigan on Spike.com.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Sevak Magakian, a 27-year-old former cast member on 'The Ultimate Fighter,' has another shot to make a splash in the MMA big leagues. (Photo by Alex Collins)
Thus, when Sevak “Silverback” Magakian was given the opportunity to take a short-notice fight against a formidable opponent under the Bellator MMA banner, he didn’t hesitate.
“I took it right away,” said Magakian, who added he was offered the fight early last week. “I was in shape, I was training.
“It’s a big opportunity. You never know, I’m just taking chances.”
That chance will come in the form of the first bout in a three-fight Bellator deal for the Glendale fighter, when he takes on Jason “The Finisher” Fischer Thursday night at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant, Mich. as part of Bellator 87. The main card is set to air on SpikeTV, while Magakian and Fischer will headline a scheduled seven-fight prelim card streamed on Spike.com.
“To tell you the truth, I don’t know anything about him, but it’s a fight, you have to be prepared no matter what,” Magakian said.
Fischer (5-1) is a three-time Bellator veteran, who’s showcased a solid all-around game marked by diverse and dangerous stand-up skills with crisp kicks and technical boxing.
The 27-year-old Magakian (12-3-1) boasts a terrific grappling game with a judo base.
“He’s gonna be a tough fight for sure,” Fischer said, “but we’re confident we’re gonna come out with a win.”
While the combatants don’t appear too similar in their fighting styles, there’s plenty of similarities.
Both have put together resumes filled with finishes.
Hence his “Finisher” moniker, Fischer finished his first five fights, three via submission and two by knockout.
Magakian has finished 10 bouts, with nine coming via submission and all 10 of his stoppages coming inside the first round.
Though both fighters have built up staunch records in their burgeoning careers, they’re also coming off disappointing outcomes in their previous bouts. In October, Magakian fought Nick Piedmont to a draw. The result brought a five-fight winning streak to an end.
Fischer’s last bout was a close decision loss to David Rickels, one that saw Fischer memorably defend an arm bar from Rickels by stepping on his opponent’s face.
“Especially after my last fight ... you can’t let it go to the judges,” Fischer said.
And with Fischer fighting in his home state, Magakian, who trains out of Team Hayastan in Hollywood, Main Even Gym in Glendale and SK Golden Boys in Van Nuys, isn’t keen on letting the bout go the full three rounds, either.
“It’s probably his hometown — he’ll have a lot of people there,” said Magakian, who will be cornered by Glendale’s Karen Darabedyan and Roma Kalantaryan, along with Gokor Chivichyan, Alex Ariza and Ara Muradyan. “I want to go out there and finish the fight and not let it go to the judges.”
For both fighters, there’s also the added stipulation that the winner will be an alternate for the current lightweight tournament, of which the opening round makes up the main card.