On Friday, March 15, California’s BAMMA USA promotion hosted “Badbeat 8″ from the Commerce Casino in Commerce, Calif.

The event, which streamed live via Livestream featured a number of UFC veterans as well as rising prospects from the Southern California MMA scene.

In the main event, UFC veteran Jared Papazian moved up in weight to battle Terrion Ware. Papazian had dropped to flyweight under the UFC banner, but after struggling and losing three straight fights in the Octagon, he opted to move back up in weight against Ware. The fight was originally slated for a bantamweight affair, but both fighters weighed-in over the 136-pound limit. The experience of Papazian would prove to be the difference in the fight as he forced the less experienced Ware to cover up and retreat for a large portion of the contest. The dominant striking coupled with multiple takedowns throughout the three-round bout left no doubt that Papazian was the victor.

The co-main event featured two rising fighters as featherweights Steve Magdaleno and Chris Culley faced off. After starting his career 6-0, Magdaleno suffered a three-fight losing streak, but turned things around by reeling off three straight before his match-up with Culley. However, that streak would end as the younger, yet more experienced Culley extended his winning streak to three with a decision win over his fellow Californian.

Also on the card, Ultimate Fighter alum and recent Maximum Fighting Championship middleweight title challenger Joseph Henle bounced back from his first defeat, submitting Muay Thai practitioner Miguel Cosio by second-round D’arce choke.

Jared Papazian def. Terrion Ware by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Chris Culley def. Steve Magdaleno by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Joseph Henle def. Miguel Cosio by submission (D’arce choke). Round 2, 0:34
Ernesto Chavez def. Tom Gloudeman by knockout (strikes). Round 1, 1:21
Jorge Valdez def. Jason Williams by split decision.
Eric Winston def. Jose Morales by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 4:47
Daniel McWilliams def. Adam Gonzalez by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 1:01
Anthony Frank def. Latif Idris by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1, 0:47
Dominic Gutierrez def. Kenny Quach by TKO. Round 1, 0:45
Nick Jordan def. Reshan Sabaratnam by unanimous decision.

Photo: Jared Papazian (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)