World-class, professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) makes its highly-anticipated return to the Mid-Atlantic region with the Ultimate Warrior Challenge’s – UWC® 8 JUDGEMENT DAY on Saturday, May 22 at the Patriot Center on the George Mason University campus in Fairfax, VA. The event, the UWC’s eighth overall and sixth in the greater Washington area, is sanctioned by the Global Combat Alliance (GCA).
UWC Bantamweight World Champion Mike “The Hulk” Easton (Lloyd Irvin Martial Arts, Washington, D.C.) defends his belt against dangerous cage veteran Ryan “Lion” Diaz (Arizona Combat Sports, Phoenix, AZ) in the show’s Main Event, while high-flying featherweight John “The Magician” Dodson (Greg Jackson MMA, Albuquerque, NM) squares off against undefeated Jesse “Mountain Man” Riggleman (MMA Institute, Harrisonburg, VA) in the Co-Main Event.
Many of the region’s top fighters will be showcased on the 10-bout card, including Easton’s teammates Timothy (formerly Reshad) “The Good Soldier” Woods (Sterling, VA) and Ron “Choir Boy” Stallings (Baltimore, MD), local female favorite Iman “Mannie” Achhal (Capital Mixed Martial Arts/ Sterling, VA), Justin “The Butcher’ Hickey (Lloyd Irvin Martial Arts/Gold Medal Grappling, Woodbridge, VA), Jeremy Carper (MMA Institute, Bunker Hill, WV), Caleb Macalister (Team RAM, Lynchburg, VA), Dustin “The Disciple” Pague (MASE MMA Academy, Sterling, VA) and Jacob Kirwan (MMA Institute, Baltimore, MD).
Look for celebrity guest appearances by Kris “Savage” McCray and Jamie Yager from this season’s Ultimate Fighter (T.U.F.) series on Spike, World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) superstar Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and former UFC/current WEC contender Leonard “Bad Boy” Garcia.
Doors will open at 6:00 pm with the first bout scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm. Tickets, priced at $28.50, $38.50, $58.50, $78.50 and $128.50 (plus applicable service charge), can be purchased through Ticketmaster by logging onto www.ticketmaster.com, calling 703-573-SEAT, 202-397-SEAT or 410-547-SEAT or by visiting any Ticketmaster outlet, including the Patriot Center box office (703-993-3030).
A limited number of UltimateVIP (UVIP) and VIP packages ($500 and $250, respectively) will be available, which include cageside seating, UVIP fight night pre-party, Official event lanyard, special guest fighter meet-and-greets, UVIP suite access, full food and beverage service and more. Fore more information or to purchase UVIP and VIP packages visit the official UWC website www.uwcmma.com .
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The UWC has quickly establishment itself as a powerful force in the Mid-Atlantic region, providing fans with world-class fights, top-level production and an electric and enthusiastic environment. In addition to featuring elite fighters from the top teams across the country, UWC also showcases and builds the careers of the many top pro fighters from the leading Mid-Atlantic region by providing a high-profile platform to challenge the very best. UWC’s fighters and events serve as the catalyst for turning the region into the destination for east coast MMA fans. More than just a sporting competition, the shows feature MMA superstar and high profile celebrities and athletes from D.C.’s professional sport world in attendance. Guests have included Tito “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Urijah “The California Kid” Faber, Matt Hughes, “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler, Maurcio “Shogun” Rua, Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, Hermes Franca, Brandon “The Truth” Vera, Andrei ‘The Pitbull” Arlovski, Clay “The Carpenter” Guida, Washington Capitals standouts Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green and Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Redskins’ Chris Cooley and Colt Brennan, Baltimore Raven’s Dominique Foxworth and Pittsburgh Steeler James Farrior.