Nick Wagner (9-6) tells MyMMANews that he likes to challenge himself and take the toughest fights he possibly can find. He knows that Philadelphia is a blue-collar town and you can earn respect from the fans if you show up with your lunch pail, ready to do some work. His goal, on May 18, is to send the fans home unhappy as he enters the AOW cage in the 2300 Arena to take on home-town favorite and Bellator veteran, Sam Oropeza (13-3).
Wagner has spent time in Thailand and says he has grown from that experience. It’s what made him fall in love with mixed martial arts. He’s confident in his submission game, but would love to turn this into a kickboxing match. He is a savvy veteran and sounds like he has done his homework on his opponent. Oropeza has dabbled in boxing with two fights and two knockouts. The fans could very well be witnesses to a stand-up war in the main event on May 18th. Check out my chat with Nick below, as we got a chance to talk about his fight and his hometown of Fargo North Dakota
Art of War President, Mike Bickings, has loaded this fight card with some exciting match-ups and talent. 185 pound blue chip prospect, Joe “BodyBagz” Pyfer makes his professional debut. Pyfer trains with Oropeza ans also works with some of the best in the business at Balance Studios. Timmy Tyler is looking for his first victory as he takes on Jamal Johnson. Christian Carr is another name to keep an eye on. He recently finished up his senior year wrestling in high school, but has 2 kickboxing and 1 MMA fight on his resume already. This youngster is loaded with talent and desire as well as being a very humble young man.
LISTEN TO NICK WAGNER BELOW: