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Sako Chivitchian

Sako Chivitchian
Born Sarkis Chivitchian[1]
(1984-03-11) March 11, 1984 (age 30)
Armenian SSR, Soviet Union[1]
Other names The Psycho[2]
The Armenian Psycho[3]
The Chainsaw[4]
Nationality Armenian
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Welterweight (formerly)
Reach 71.0 in (180 cm)
Fighting out of Glendale, California, United States
Team Hayastan Studio
Rank black belt in Judo
Years active 1999 - one fight
2009-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 7
Wins 6
By knockout 1
By submission 3
By decision 2
Losses 1
By knockout 0
By submission 0
By decision 1
Draws 0
Other information
Sherdog

Sako Chivitchian (born March 11, 1984) is an Armenian-born mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter who competes in the lightweight division. He immigrated to the United States of America and is presently based in Los Angeles.[3] A full-time professional MMA competitor since 2009, Chivitchian mostly competed in his regional circuit of California before signing with the Ultimate Fighting Championship to appear on The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck.[5]

Mixed martial arts career

Early career

Chivitchian began training in judo at the age of six with his uncle Gokor Chivichyan;[3] he has won a total of eleven U.S. national titles[6][7] including junior titles in 2000[8] and 2001,[9] and two junior Olympic championships.[10] In 2001–2002, he was named the United States Judo Federation's National Youth Male Athlete of the Year.[11] He has placed first and third in the Junior U.S. Open Judo Championships.[10] He also competed in the 2002 World Junior Championships in South Korea, where he lost his only match.[12]

In addition to judo, Chivitchian took up wrestling, and by age 14 had placed second at the California State Championships and third at the Freestyle State Championships.[10] He next took up mixed martial arts (MMA) and won his inaugural fight (at age 15) in 98 seconds by armbar.[4] Chivitchian's opponent in his first fight was Timothy Morris,[13] who has previously lost to teammate Manny Gamburyan.[4] In the years following, he took up jiu-jitsu and boxing.[10]

Chivitchian was involved in a shooting at age 19, after he and his friends were jumped by a gang. Chivitchian suffered a gunshot wound to his leg which made him temporarily unable to train, prompting his move to college and into real estate.[7]

Chivitchian presently trains in Glendale, California at the Hayastan Studio, alongside The Ultimate Fighter 5 runner-up and World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight contender Manny Gamburyan.[14]

Despite having first fought professionally in MMA in 1999, Chivitchian did not take up fighting full-time until 2009. He won his return bout in January 2009 by technical knockout (TKO) and achieved a submission victory two months later.[4] In October 2009, Chivitchian won a further fight via submission, before claiming a split decision victory in December.[4]

The Ultimate Fighter

Chivitchian then signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to appear on The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck.[5] He competed on the debut episode against Toby Grear, taking a unanimous decision victory.[15] In the next episode, the team picks were made and Josh Koscheck selected Chivitchian as his third pick (fifth overall).[16]

Chivitchian faced Dane Sayers in his opening round matchup.[17] His performance was criticised for grabbing the fence to avoid being taken down on multiple occasions, yet he was not penaised with any point deduction. Chivitchian won the fight by unanimous decision as all three judges scored the fight 20–18.[17]

In the quarter finals, Chivitchian faced Jonathan Brookins. Brookins was able to throw Chivitchian to the mat, which forced Chivitchian to try to stand up. Brookins then got hooks in and worked for a rear naked choke, eventually sealing it soon after, eliminating Chivitchian from the competition.[18]

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Chivitchian made his UFC debut at The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck Finale against Kyle Watson[19] and lost by unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 29–28). He along with Aaron Wilkinson was released from the promotion.

Mixed martial arts record

|- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|6–1 |United States Preston Scharf |Decision (split) |Lights Out Promotions - Chaos at the Casino |02012-05-05May 5, 2012 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Inglewood, California, United States | |- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center|5–1 |United States Kyle Watson |Decision (unanimous) |The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale |02010-12-04December 4, 2010 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|5–0 |United States Marcos Gonzalez |Decision (split) |NFAMMA - Resurrection |02009-12-18December 18, 2009 |align=center|3 |align=center|3:00 |Ventura, California, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|4–0 |United States Sergio Salcido |Submission (armbar) |Long Beach Fight Night 6 |02009-10-18October 18, 2009 |align=center|1 |align=center|1:28 |Long Beach, California, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|3–0 |United States Frank Baldivia |Submission (rear naked choke) |California Xtreme Fighting |02009-03-26March 26, 2009 |align=center|1 |align=center|1:28 |El Monte, California, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|2–0 |United States Noe Rodriguez |TKO (punches) |California Xtreme Fighting |02009-01-29January 29, 2009 |align=center|3 |align=center|0:14 |El Monte, California, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|1–0 |United States Timothy Morris |Submission (armbar) |Kage Kombat 14 |01999-04-05April 5, 1999 |align=center|1 |align=center|1:38 |Los Angeles, California, United States | |}

Mixed martial arts exhibition record

|- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Lose |align=center|2-1 |United States Jonathan Brookins |Submission (rear-naked choke) |The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck | |align=center|1 |align=center|2:05 |Las Vegas, Nevada, United States |Quarter-finals |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|2-0 |United States Dane Sayers |Decision (unanimous) |The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck | |align=center|2 |align=center|5:00 |Las Vegas, Nevada, United States |Preliminary bout |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|1-0 |United States Toby Grear |Decision (unanimous) |The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck | |align=center|2 |align=center|5:00 |Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | Elimination bout |- |}

References

External links

  • Sherdog
  • Sako Chivitchian's Official Site
  • HyeFighters - Armenian Combat Sports Athletes
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