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Named “Lights Out” for his vicious hits on the gridiron as an NFL superstar, Shawne Merriman carried his Lights Out mantra over from the football field and into the lives of fans worldwide with a lifestyle brand bearing his nickname.
Lights Out consists of Merriman owning a NASCAR race team, continuing his charitable ventures for the Lights Out Foundation as well as appearing in commercials and national TV shows as an analyst.
A lifelong practitioner and fan of MMA, Merriman collaborated with some of the most respected MMA promoters from Southern California in 2019 to form Lights Out Xtreme Fighting (LXF).
Focused on developing the next great stars of the sport, LXF offers mixed martial artists and former athletes alike an opportunity to put matters into their own hands—and without the need for helmets and shoulder pads.
PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE + ORGANIZATION ATTORNEY
Attorney Steven Bash, a partner at Bash and Polyachenko, P.C., represents professional athletes and organizations with an emphasis on the business of professional boxing and MMA.
Bash established Bash Entertainment/Bash Boxing Inc. in 2005—a full service sports and entertainment company providing professional athletes and companies legal representation as well as management, marketing and promotional services.
Bash has acted as a legal representative for national and international promotional organizations, MMA fighters (Fedor Emelianenko, Ronda Rousey, Gegard Mousasi) world champion boxers (Paulie Malignaggi, Roman Karmazin, Dmitri Kirillov), entertainment media, sponsors and businesses involved in combat sports like Top Rank, Bellator and Combate Americas. He’s also promoted or co-promoted professional boxing events both domestically (NY, CA, MI) and internationally (Russia, Germany, Australia).
Bringing back the “good old days” of professional boxing and developing the rapid growth of MMA in Southern California, Bash Entertainment is on the forefront of providing fighters, managers and promoters a consistent and full-service platform. To date, Bash Entertainment has helped organize over 100 professional boxing and MMA events and is involved in eight-to-10 events per year.
THE TRUE MMA PROMOTER
George Bastrmajyan started his lifelong love affair with combat sports at an early age, originally training in the traditional martial art of karate. As an adolescent, Bastrmajyan’s martial arts path transitioned to the art of eight limbs known as Muay Thai. As a fighter, Bastmajyan competed in over 20 fights in the United States and abroad.
Although he loved fighting, Bastrmajyan found his true passion just outside the ropes training and managing other fighters. He began promoting local cards and focused on MMA, leaving local casino banquet halls filled to a standing-room only crowds.
The local MMA showcases had all but disappeared, creating a huge void between the amateur and elite levels of the sport. Recognizing the need for local fighters to find a home, Bastrmajyan teamed with local boxing promoter Steve Bash (Bash Boxing) to resurrect an old name—and together they rebranded and relaunched California Xtreme Fighting (CXF), which has since evolved into Lights Out Xtreme Fighting (LXF).
Focusing primarily on talent, CXF quickly became one of the top promotions in the country. UFC contenders Curtis Millender, Edmond Shahbazyan and Terrion Ware all utilized their CXF experience as a showcase to vault themselves outside of the CXF cage, while contenders like Dave Roberts, Georgie Garcia and A.J. Bryant look to trek toward that tried-and-true path to UFC stardom. Other CXF fighters like Thor Skancke, Juan Archuleta and Ryan Lilley have enjoyed shining under Bellator’s banner shortly after competing inside the CXF cage.
A true promoter doesn’t only promote events, he promotes the fighters—and LXF fighters continue to see opportunities that other local promotions simply cannot offer.