Cole Alaxanian’s (1-2) amateur career started off slow but the welterweight blasted his way back onto the scene after a vicious submission victory over William Brown at Cage Wars 39. Now, at Cage Wars 40: Night of Champions, Alaxanian will have the opportunity to prove he belongs on this stage as he’ll be battling Frank Mazepa. Cage Wars 40: Night of Champions returns to the Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady, New York for the first of their five events in 2019, which was recently agreed upon. Doors swing open at 5:30 PM and Fights start promptly at 7 PM. The fights will also be streamed live on CageWarsny.com.
Alaxanian came out swinging immediately against Brown as he wanted to set the tone early in his fight. As commentator Will Barry said, “Fighting inside a phone booth,”. The accuracy of Cole’s strikes set up his finish. After dropping Brown to the canvas with a lethal right hand, Alaxanian pounced on top of Brown wrapping his arms around his neck. The former Marine forced a Brown to tap out in the first round via Rear-Naked Choke at 1:30.
The former United States Marine trains with very talented amateur featherweight, Cody Zappone (5-0). Plus, former World Series of Fighting pro and very talented Tommy Marcellino at Renzo Gracie Latham. Now, Alaxanian will have a tough test ahead of him as Frank Mazepa will have the height and reach advantage in the fight. If Alaxanian can win the bout against Mazepa, he can place himself in a title contender fight.
In the interview with Kyle Carroll of Carroll’s Corner MMA Podcast, Alaxanian discusses the possibility of dropping down a weight class and competing at 155-pounds (lightweight). Check out what this former Marine and rising amateur have to say about his goals in the sport of MMA.
Be sure to visit MyMMANews.com, Your #1 Source for MMA News and follow us on social media at @MyMMANews. Also, watch numerous interviews on Carroll’s Corner MMA Podcast by following Facebook and the Youtube channel, Jiblitz77.
Watch below his victory at Cage Wars 39:
Kyle Carroll is a Long Island, N.Y. native and avid MMA and amateur wrestling fan. He has been a part of the wrestling community for nearly 20 years. Carroll has six years of experience coaching high school wrestling. His father coached high school wrestling over 35 years, passing on his strong knowledge. Carroll has been reporting MMA news since January 2011. The former wrestler’s coverage includes the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, 2013 & 2016 NCAA D1 Wrestling Championship, and numerous MMA events (Bellator MMA, King of the Cage, North American Fighting Championship, and Glory).