Art of War Cage Fighting 20 was held on Saturday, October 30 from the SportsPlex in Feasterville, Pennsylvania, featuring a night of both amateur and professional mixed martial arts.
In the night’s main event, a bantamweight scrap between “The Panamaniac” Eddie Alvarez and Martinez BJJ prospect Matt “White Chocolate” Turnbull lived up to the hype and was arguably one of the best fights that the promotion has ever put on. If you missed tonight’s AOW 20 headliner, do yourself a favor, go back and watch the event on YouTube because this was one for the ages.
Both men, Alvarez and Turnbull, looked spectacular in the three-round affair. One could say that both fighters never looked better. Turnbull was elusive, and hard to figure out as he mixed a variety of kicks, knees, and punches to his arsenal, applying heavy pressure to Alvarez.
Not one to back down, Alvarez also unloaded a barrage of attacks on his opponent, bloodying Turnbull’s face in the process.
It was Turnbull however, that landed the bigger shots, stunning Alvarez in the second frame, but not enough to put him away. Alvarez came back in the final round, with a takedown on Turnbull, but it was too little, too late as Turnbull outpointed the Panamaniac on two of the three judges’ scorecard. With the win, Turnbull moves to 3-4 as a pro while Alvarez drops to 3-6.
Duane Shields and Vinny Oristaglio met at a 150-pound catchweight in the night’s co-main feature following eight amateur bouts earlier in the evening. The two men felt each other out on the feet for the majority of the fight, not much damaged inflicted from either opponent. An accidental eye poke would temporarily suspend the action but once resumed the game of chess continued. It wasn’t until the final round that the action truly picked up. Oristaglio picked Shields up for a gigantic slam, lands full mount and then later earns the only submission on the card as he finishes his opponent with a D’Arce choke.
In the night’s lone title fight, Algeo MMA and Kickboxing standout Marcus Hardiman picked up some new hardware as he defeated Curtis Fields by unanimous decision.
KO of the Night
American Strikers coach Don Cioffi offered up a $500 cash prize for the “Knockout of the Night.” The prize would easily go to the only finish from strikes on the card, as Philadelphia police officer and Martinez BJJ newcomer Stephen Gresko picked up his first amateur win with finish over Ricardo Oliveras.
AOW promoter Mike Bickings also be held a Halloween costume contest and had goodies set aside for the kids. Art of War “Mischief Night” truly was a family friendly event and one young lady is now $100 richer after earning the loudest pop from the crowd with her scary Witch outfit.
Complete Art of War Cage Fighting 20 results below:
135-lbs Main Event – Matt Turnbull defeated Eddie Alvarez via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
150-lbs Co-Main Event – Vinny Oristaglio defeated Duane Shields via submission (D’Arce Choke) – Round 3, 2:22
170-lbs – Marcus Hardiman defeated Curtis Fields via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) for AOW welterweight title
Heavyweight – Ryan Appleby defeated Morgan Kratzke via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
125-lbs – Brandon Bohannon defeated Kristian Eddy via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Heavyweight – Mike Evans defeated Bryan Torres via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
135-lbs – Calogero Torretta defeated Dan O’Neill via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
155-lbs – Tom Hinz defeated Domenic Parker via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
165-lbs – Tyree Thomas defeated Trevahn Stephens unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
160-lbs – Stephen Gresko defeated Ricardo Oliveras via TKO – Round 2, 0:19
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