Press Release courtesy of Ultimate Warrior Challenge
Ultimate Warrior Challenge returns to the George Mason University Patriot Center on Saturday for UWC – Capital Punishment.
Leading the local charge will be dynamic bantamweight Mike “The Hulk” Easton (7-1), who captured the first UWC World Championship in front of the region’s largest pro MMA crowd at UWC – Man “O” War last month. He will defend his 135-pound title against another hot, out-of-town prospect, Josh “Taz” Ferguson (6-1), in the evening’s main event.
Rising regional stars expected to dole out their own form of ‘Capital Punishment’ on April 25 will be Kris “Savage” McCray (Woodbridge, VA) from Gold Medal Grappling and Easton’s Lloyd Irvin Martial Arts teammates Ron “The Choir Boy” Stallings (Baltimore, MD), Reshad Woods (Manassas, VA) and Jose “The Pistol” Villarisco (Arlington, VA).
Now entrenched as one of MMA’s most promising bantamweights, the charismatic and high-energy Easton, under the tutelage of Master Lloyd Irvin, embodies the spirit of the world’s hottest sport. From his electrifying ring entrances and charismatic personality to crowd-pleasing performances and respected overall game, the Washington, D.C. native has showcased his versatility by beating his last three opponents utilizing three different styles in the process.
Last April in his UWC debut, he went toe-to-toe with Gerald Lovato and delivered a head-turning, highlight-reel knockout of the New Mexico striker. In October 2008, he outfoxed the wily John “The Magician” Dodson, among the speediest fighters in the sport, earning a three-round split decision over the Greg Jackson disciple. And last month, the 25–year old fighter showed the patience and poise of a cagey veteran before submitting H.I.T. squad wrestler Justin Robbins to capture the UWC crown.
Standing in Easton’s way is the skilled submission specialist Ferguson fighting out of Louisville, Ky.’s Highlander Fight Team, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy run by noted black belt Mike Yanez. An accomplished fighter himself, Yanez trained under World Jiu-Jitsu Champion Pablo Popovitch.
All six of Ferguson’s professional victories have ended with either an armbar or rear naked choke hold. He is on a three-bout winning streak, including a first-round submission over Stonnie Dennis last November.
UWC – Capital Punishment Fight Card:
-Mike Easton vs. Josh Ferguson
-Reshad Woods vs. War Machine
-Marcus Foran vs. Joey Kirwan
-Ron Stallings vs. Damian Dantibo
-Jose Villarisco vs. Mikey Lovato
-Frank Camacho vs. Binky Jones
-Terry Cohens vs. Phil Davis
-Kris McCray vs. Ronnie West