Mike Schaffer sent along the following:
FAIRFAX, VA – In just over one year, mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters from the nation’s top MMA teams have come to the Washington, D.C. Capital Region to battle top local competitors at Ultimate Warrior Challenge (UWC) shows. And during this time period, the capital area fighters have more then held their own against the elite schools’ fighters, in fact often `punishing’ them in the process. The organization will promote that fact by showcasing the region’s best fighters at its next event, the aptly titled UWC – Capital Punishment, returning to the George Mason University Patriot Center on Saturday, April 25, 2009.
Leading the local charge will be dynamic bantamweight Mike “The Hulk” Easton (7-1), who captured the first UWC World Championship in front of the region’s largest pro MMA crowd at UWC – Man “O” War last month. He will defend his 135-pound title against another hot, out-of-town prospect, Josh “Taz” Ferguson (6-1), in the evening’s Main Event.
Rising regional stars expected to dole out their own form of `Capital Punishment’ on April 25th will be Kris “Savage” McCray (Woodbridge, VA) from Gold Medal Grappling and Easton’s Lloyd Irvin Martial Arts teammates Ron “The Choir Boy” Stallings (Baltimore, MD), Reshad Woods (Manassas, VA) and Jose “The Pistol” Villarisco (Arlington, VA).
Now entrenched as one of MMA’s most promising bantamweights, the charismatic and high-energy Easton, under the tutelage of Master Lloyd Irvin, embodies the spirit of the world’s hottest sport. From his electrifying ring entrances and charismatic personality to crowd-pleasing performances and respected overall game, the Washington, D.C. native has showcased his versatility by beating his last three opponents utilizing three different styles in the process.
Last April in his UWC debut, he went toe-to-toe with Gerald Lovato and delivered a head-turning, highlight-reel knockout of the New Mexico striker. In October 2008, he outfoxed the wily John “The Magician” Dodson, among the speediest fighters in the sport, earning a three-round split decision over the Greg Jackson disciple. And last month, the 25-year old fighter showed the patience and poise of a cagey veteran before submitting H.I.T. squad wrestler Justin Robbins to capture the UWC crown.
Standing in Easton’s way is the skilled submission specialist Ferguson fighting out of Louisville, KY’s Highlander Fight Team, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy run by noted black belt Mike Yanez. An accomplished fighter himself, Yanez trained under World Jiu-Jitsu Champion Pablo Popovitch.
All six of Ferguson’s professional victories have ended with either an armbar or rear naked choke hold. He is on a three-bout winning streak, including a first-round submission over Stonnie Dennis last November.
UWC shows have become a staple of the Washington, D.C. sports culture, attracting mainstream celebrities like Alex Ovechkin, Donald Brashear, Mike Green and Nicklas Backstrom from the Washington Capitals, Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley, and ESPN’s Tony Reali, among many others. Thousands of fans from across the region have packed the Patriot Center to witness electrifying world-class MMA combat in virtually every weight division.
Guiding one of the top organizations on the East Coast, UWC CEO S. Marcello Foran remains committed to building upon his goal for the company: finding and developing the great MMA champions of tomorrow. Fans can expect the same level of explosive cage fights, first-class production and crowd-pleasing environment as the UWC continues to provide the national capital region with the highest level of competition seen on the east coast.
Buy tickets today at all Ticketmaster outlets and Ticketmsater.com with general admission prices set at $35, $58.50, $78.50 and $128.50. A limited number of Ultimate VIP (UVIP) and VIP packages ($500 and $250) are available, which include cage side seating, UVIP fight night pre-party, UVIP event lanyard, special guest fighter meet and greets, UVIP suite access, full food and beverage service and more.
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The Ultimate Warrior Challenge (UWC) is the Mid Atlantic Regions leader in providing fans with the best, most competitive and highest quality professional mixed martial arts (MMA) events. In addition to featuring elite fighters from the top MMA teams across the country, UWC also showcases and builds the careers of the many top pro fighters from the leading Virginia, D.C. and Maryland teams and gyms by giving them an opportunity and platform to challenge the very best in their highly competitive hometown area. UWC's fighters and events will serve as the catalyst for turning the Mid Atlantic Region and Washington DC area into a powerful and highly-regarded MMA east coast destination.