Interview with Duane Shields above
Art of War Cage Fighting has been hosting mixed martial arts events in Pennsylvania since 2017. Mike and Debb Bickings have done a wonderful job of providing a forum for fighters to showcase their skills as well as making sure that the fans enjoy themselves. Mike puts more time and energy into his fighters as anyone that I’ve come across in my 15+ years covering the sport.
Bickings and his team puts that energy and creative mind back to work for AOW 20 on Mischief Night on October 30th at The Sportsplex in Feasterville, PA. The fight card put together by matchmaker Jillian Peterson looks like an interesting and exciting night.
In the main event, Matt “White Chocolate” Turnbull goes to battle with Eddie “the Panamaniac” Alvarez in a match-up that will definitely have the fans out of their seats. In the co-main event, Duane “Crispy” Shields makes his professional debut after three consecutive wins in the amateur ranks and 7 total contests. It’s a Philly vs Philly tussle as he welcomes Vinny Oristaglio (0-1) to the cage.
MyMMANews will be on hand for live results and I will be calling the action from cageside alongside Eugene “the Suitcase Kid” Aubry. Fight week has arrived and we will be bringing you some pre-fight interviews from some of the fighters scheduled to go to work.
We checked in with Duane Shields, who will be earning a paycheck for the first time as a fighter. Shields and I go back many years as he began fighting in 2010 and it’s really a beautiful thing to see a person that you respect and root for to reach such an important milestone. He tells us…
“I been at this for a long time now at Martinez BJJ and they are like family and this is about much more than me. This is for my boys DJ and Ronin (his sons). I want them to see that their father was a professional fighter and I want them to chase their dreams. Being a father is the most important thing in the world and being able to share this with them is just something that is hard to put in to words.”
Please check out our interview on the link above. Shields and Oristaglio have a ton in common and this should be a great fight. Oristaglio’s one professional loss was to Will Dill, who is a teammate of Shields and I am sure that they were comparing notes.
Stay right here for more pre and post fight media coverage as we continue to blow the doors off the competition when it comes to regional MMA.
Commentator for Art of War Cagefighting. More than 10 years experience in the PA/NJ regional MMA circuit. Commentator/post fight interviews. Television/media/event 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.