CAMO 2012 Official California State Amateur MMA Championship


California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization, Inc. Announces

 2012 Official California State Amateur MMA Championship

CAMO to Host Third Annual “What You Need to Know Before You Go Pro”™ Seminar during

 State Championship Finals

Bill Cooper

LOS ANGELES, June 28, 2012
– The California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization, Inc. (“CAMO”) announced today the schedule for the 2012 Official California State Championship for Amateur MMA.  This marks the third year for the annual state championship event and once again CAMO will crown champions in eight different weight classes (135 lb, 145 lb, 155 lb, 170 lb, 185 lb, 205 lb, 230 lb, 265 lb).


The 2012 California Amateur MMA State Championships will be open to qualified licensed CAMO athletes on an invitation only basis based on the Amateur MMA Fighter Rankings as of June 30, 2012 (as posted on the CAMO website).   The top 4 highest ranked fighters available from Northern California and the top 4 highest ranked fighters available from Southern California in each of the eight weight classes will be invited to compete in the tournament.  Alternates, if needed, will also be chosen based off of the rankings.  The fighters invited will then be seeded based off of their rankings with #1 vs. #4 and #2 vs. #3.  Winners from each event will move on to the State Semi-Finals with the best finally meeting for the State Championship title.  The opening round of the State Championship will begin the weekend of September 22nd, with the semi-finals taking place the weekend of October 27th, and the State Championship finals tentatively set for December 1, 2012.   CAMO has chosen its top promoters in each region to host the various rounds of the championship tournament.  The promoters are as follows: 

·         Up & Comers (Jason Weiner) – Nor Cal Regional – September 21, 2012

·         Born To Fight (Cung Le) – Nor Cal Regional – September 23, 2012

·         Knockout Promotions (Antonio McKee) – So Cal Regional – September 22, 2012

·         So Cal Fight Night (David Dunn) – So Cal Regional – September 22, 2012

·         559 Fights (Joey Perez) – Nor Cal Finals – October 27, 2012

·         World Combat Series (Chris Catania) – So Cal Finals – October 27, 2012

·         TBD – CAMO State Championship Finals – December 1, 2012


“We are extremely excited about the 2012 State Championship.   Each year the tournament gets better, with stronger competition and more exposure for the athletes,” stated Jeremy Lappen, CEO of CAMO.  “It truly showcases the best talent we have in our state and probably some of the best up and coming fighters in the country,” added JT Steele, President of CAMO.  

More information on the California State Championship Tournament will be posted in the coming weeks on the CAMO website.


Free Seminar for Amateur Athletes


After another successful event held during the 2011 State Championships, CAMO will host its third annual free seminar open to the public entitled “What You Need to Know Before You Go Pro” ™.   The first and second annual events held during the weekend of the previous finals brought together an all star group of panelists including Bas Rutten, Josh Barnett, KJ Noons, Erik Paulson and Razor Rob McCullough along with an experienced group of managers, promoters, sponsors and PR professionals.  “We have found the seminar to be an extremely popular event with our amateur fighters,” explains Lappen. “It gives our athletes a chance to hear what the best in the sport think is important for them to understand in order to be successful as a professional.   It’s really an amazing opportunity for a young fighter to be able to learn directly from people of this caliber.  We really appreciate all the panelists for taking the timeout from their busy schedules to give back to the sport and help support the CAMO program.”  The seminar will be held on the weekend of the California Amateur MMA State Championship Finals.  Further details as they become available will be posted on the CAMO website (