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Ryan Appleby ready to take care of business at AOW 20

Interview with Ryan Appleby 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.

A few months ago, my old friend and UFC veteran Carmello Marrero hit me up asking for a place to get his guy a fight.  He told me that he has been training Ryan Appleby, who is a former standout collegiate wrestler and is making the transition to MMA. Marrero believes that Appleby has a very high ceiling and next level ability. Appleby wound up taking his first fight at another regional promotion and lost a split decision.  He is now welcomed at Art of War Cage Fighting where he is matched up against Morgan Kratzke.

Appleby has joined the stable of heavyweights at Martinez BJJ and that is where I caught up with the promising prospect.  Please check out our interview on the link above.  Ryan says…

“Wrestling has always been considered a strong base for MMA and I am just over here learning to get better.  This sport is not just about being physical and Will Martinez is a mastermind. Plus look at this room with all of the talent and I am just happy to be here.  Pat Brady invited me for the first time and it was the right move.  We will show that on Saturday night.”

Please stay right here for round by round results as we continue to slay the competition on regional combat sports coverage.

Ryan Appleby, Zach Maslany

AOW 20

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