Video interview with Christian Hannigan above
Art of War Cage Fighting is smashing their way into the spotlight of Pennsylvania MMA with stacked fight cards on back-to-back nights. AOW President, Mike Bickings deems this All-Star Weekend on April 1st and 2nd and is their 22nd and 23rd shows. This will be the second time they have hosted consecutive shows on consecutive days as back in February of 2019, AOW 10 and 11 took place.
The All-Star Weekend will be hosted at the hottest spot in Philly…Live Casino and Hotel, who just recently celebrated their first-year anniversary and will welcome their first mixed martial arts events to their patrons. Bickings, and matchmaker Jillian Peterson have worked feverishly and put together some amazing fights. On the first night, April 1st, heavyweight Patrick “the Brick” Brady will stroll to the cage and take on Cesar Guiterrez in the main event.
Tim Sylvester vs Shawn Steffanelli and Jim Fitzpatrick vs Will Dill also headline the professional portion of the card on the first night.
At AOW 23 on Saturday night, Matt Turnbull and his high energy style cap the night off in the main event vs Federico Vento IV and there will also be three championship belts on the line.
MyMMANews will be all over these two cards as I will be on commentary with “Korean Thunder” Ryan Kim Cafaro and Eugene “the Suitcase Kid” Aubry. The legend himself, Eric Kowal, will be in attendance bringing live results and mega-star photographer William McKee will be shooting tons of amazing photos.
On the opening night, Friday April 1st, Grindhouse MMA will send prospect Christian Hannigan to the cage for his mixed martial arts debut where he will face off with James Farag. Hannigan has a wrestling background and fell in love with jiu-jitsu several years ago and has been working ever since for this day. He is a long and lean lightweight and has very good cardio that he carries over from his wrestling days. Hannigan is joined on the weekend fight cards by four of his teammates, including his older brother Kyle. MyMMANews stopped into Grindhouse to see Christian and see how he felt about his first real fight and being joined by his sibling. He tells us…
“It is not a distraction at all. I actually believe it helps me, not just with my brother fighting, but all of my teammates who are in camp right now and focused on helping one another to be the best we can. I have been working for this moment and I’m glad it’s finally here. The leadership from the coaches and team has been awesome and is going to help me get the job done.”
Please check out Hannigan’s interview on the link above
UFC welterweight stud Sean Brady, Matty Netterville and BJJ coach James Booth have all been providing the mental and physical tools for Christian and the entire team as well as Jerry Bradley who is a tremendous source of support as the Grindhouse team continues to grow and prosper.
You can catch the round-by-round live results right here or order the pay per view on the Starfund app to see the full stacked fight card.
Commentator for Art of War Cagefighting. More than 15 years experience in the PA/NJ regional MMA circuit. Commentator/post fight interviews. Television/media/event production. USKA Fight Sports media and production.
The story of the fighter is what Bob loves about the sport. From the lowest level, to the highest, he only cares about the two warriors who do battle once the cage doors close. Everything else is secondary. Without their blood, sweat, and tears, he would not be here enjoying every minute.