AOW Hall of Fame debuts at AOW 25, first class announced
Two of the most dominant mixed martial artists out of the Keystone state of Pennsylvania are being recognized for their incredibly storied and decorated careers, both on the amateur and professional levels.
Art of War Cage Fighting will be inducting Andre Petroski and Joe ‘BodyBagz’ Pyfer into the newly formed AOW Hall of Fame on July 16.
The induction in the inaugural class of the AOW Hall of Fame, the Class of 2022, will take place at promotion’s 25th event, AOW 25, which is set to take place at the Newtown Sports Training Center.
“After 25 shows, we wanted to do something special to recognize our history and salute our legends,” AOW promoter Mike Bickings told MyMMANews. “We’ve had some of the best regional fighters grace our cage, however a few were simply outstanding. Bodybagz was 6-0 in the AOW cage, all finishes. Andre went 8-0, all finishes. These guys are elite. The world is seeing that now in the UFC. They both were AOW champions and are two of the best middleweights on the planet. Me and my team are proud to give these guys the highest level of appreciation we can, the Art Of War Hall of Fame.”
Petroski was an undefeated amateur (3-0) in the AOW cage. As a pro, he was a perfect 5-0, including three first round finishes!
A cast member on season 29 of the Ultimate Fighter, Petroski is now undefeated in the UFC with three consecutive wins. His pro MMA fight record now stands at 8-1.
Pyfer was an undefeated amateur in the AOW cage, going 3-0 with all first-round finishes. As a pro, Joe went 3-0 with all first-round finishes.
An arm injury while competing on Dana White’s Contender Series temporarily sidelined Pyfer from officially entering the UFC octagon under contract with the promotion, however ‘BodyBagz’ has a second opportunity this summer when he meets Ozzy Diaz on July 26. That news was officially broken by MyMMANews reporter Bob Meloni three months ago.
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