San Diego, California June 4th, 2009 — The Arena

MMA in San Diego is continuing its rapid explosion, with another major MMA event being held in San Diego after the WEC 38 event at the San Diego Sports Arena on Jan 25th 2009. The 2nd San Diego MMA event, known as War Gods, was held at Viejas Casino May 30th, 2009. As usual, one MMA gym in San Diego, known simply as The Arena (, continued to dominate, with both of the fighters The Arena had on the War Gods card winning in spectacular fashion in the 1st round of their respective fights.

The Arena entered two San Diego favorites, “Notorious” Rick Slaton and Joe “Hybrid” Duarte. Slaton, an experienced brawler with fights against notable UFC fighters such as Shane Carwin, and Duarte, an upcoming young fighter featured on The Ultimate Fighter Show in 2008, both impressed the crowd with their quick wins.

Rick Slaton, entering his fight with a 9-1-1 record, is a well-known local figure in the San Diego MMA world, having been involved in it for over a decade. Although known for his “Art of Face Punching” and issuing what Slaton calls “Free Pain”, he surprised the crowd by coming out quickly with two rapid leg kicks against MMA Fighter / Professional Boxer Salah Zabian, who was quickly overwhelmed. Slaton rapidly administered his particular brand of Free Pain to Zabian, TKO’ing him in 56 seconds of the 1st round.

Joe Duarte is also an extremely popular San Diego figure and is considered a rising young gun in the MMA world. Although only coming into the fight with a 4-1 record versus his opponent, MMA vet David Gardner with 28 Pro MMA fights to his credit, Duarte scored an impressive victory in 2:41 of the 1st round. Gardner proved a tough and game opponent for the initial two minutes. However, Duarte was simply too much for Gardner, overwhelming and outgunning him with punches until the fight was called.

The Arena has an impressive roster of Professional MMA fighters on its team and is on a winning streak, with The Arena Team fighters Rani Yahya winning in WEC 40 on April 5th, Xande Ribeiro winning in the Japanese event Sengoku on May 2nd and Fabricio “Morango” Camoes winning in Strikeforce on 5/15/2009.

Other upcoming fights for the team include Diego Garijo in Bellator on June 5th and Diego Sanchez in the UFC on June 20th.

About The Arena – The MMA Training Gym in San Diego California

The Arena is a San Diego MMA school and fighter training gym that focuses on training professional fighters as well as recreational athletes who want to train like fighters. The Arena offers high-level training in Boxing, MMA, Muay Thai, No Gi Jiu Jitsu and Wrestling.

For more information on The Arena, call 619-222-5554, go to You can also follow their tweets at For more info on Rick Slaton, go to For more info on Joe Duarte, go to

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