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Fight Club OC: 'Repo Ric' nearly steals show

Character one of many highlights during action-packed night of fights in the Hangar Thursday night.

June 07, 2013|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
(KEVIN CHANG / Daily…)

COSTA MESA — On a night Fight Club OC celebrated its first card with professional women mixed martial arts and boxing bouts, a man who called himself "Repo Ric" tried to steal Thursday's show.

He came dressed in as much glitter you see during a showgirls event in Las Vegas.

Repo Ric wore several hats at the OC Fair & Event Center, from matchmaker to cut man to dancer. He almost stood out more than the boxers and MMA fighters in front of a sold-out crowd of 1,452.

The event inside the Hangar featured nine bouts, two of them women fights, and the headline fighter's nickname was "Beauty Salon." The fighter's real name was Jonathan Hamm, a 6-foot-7 boxing heavyweight.

Hamm sure gave the shorter Andrae Carthron (6-10-2) a makeover, doing a number on the Los Angeles fighter's face.

Hamm won the six-round fight in a unanimous decision. The three judges scored it 60-52, allowing Hamm, who's from Atlanta, to improve to 6-1.

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The first ladies fight lacked action, but not drama. There was some controversy in the outcome of the MMA flyweight fight between Lake Forest's Rachael Cummins and Victorville's Maia Kahaunaele.

Cummins was declared the winner after the ref said Kahaunaele tapped out in the second round. She never did tap out. She actually escaped an armbar, only to see the ref stop the fight.

Cummins, fighting for the second time, went home a winner for the first time and Kahaunaele a loser for the second time in as many fights.

The sellout brought fans from all parts of Southern California. A high school teacher from Oxnard said he cut class early to see the fights, which included a woman boxer from Oxnard. Crystal Morales faced Rowland Heights' Rhonda Luna in a lightweight bout.

Morales made her return to the ring last year after a five-year hiatus. Luna fought for the first time in two years and it showed at times during the six rounds.

Luna's experience and bruising style helped her triumph in her return. Luna (17-3-2) recorded a unanimous decision against Morales (7-9-1).

The only person dressed better than the women was Repo Ric. Before the opening fight, Repo Ric outshined both cruiserweight boxers. He wore glittery red pants and a glittery silver shirt with glittery red sleeves, topping it off with a glittery red and silver newsboy cap.

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