Raiden Keller looking to go 4-0 at AOW 18 against Ian Allston
Regional mixed martial arts action has gained momentum after going through a rough patch with the Covid-19 pandemic. Art of War Cage Fighting had rolled around and put on quality shows at several locations in Pennsylvania, but after their 17th event on February 8, 2020, they were put on a long hiatus, as were the hardworking, grinding and lesser-known fighters who build . the talent pool for places like the UFC. Let’s put all of that behind us and go with the flow and savor that AOW and much of the regional events are back on track and ready to provide a venue for many. Right now there are more fighters prepared and ready to fight than there are opportunities. the the regional scene has some catching up to do and Art of War Cage Fighting Chairman, Mike Bickings plans to oblige. For the AOW18 event on Saturday May 22, the state limited the battle card to a total of eight fights and limited seating capacity, but coming July 31, Art of War 19 will return to full capacity at both in the arena and on the battle map. .
But first, we’re going to set you up with Art of War Cage Fighting 17 from the Sportsplex in Feasterville, PA. Headlining the card will be the return of AOW middleweight champion Johnny Garbarino (5-1 3KOs) as he welcomes Rob The Young King ”Sousa (3-0) to his lair. “Garb” is a huge success and his fans will be there to make their presence felt. Garbarino seems to improve with every fight and faces an undefeated Sousa who finished two of his three opponents with submissions. In the co-main event, the heavyweight champion AOW defends against the more experienced and very tough, Gavin Nickel. It will be a fight.
In a monster heavyweight game that could have implications for the champion’s next opponent, Ian Allston welcomes Raiden Keller to town. Alston fought for an epic draw with current heavyweight champion Patrick Brady in his last fight. Allston is 2-1-1 and Keller brings an unblemished 3-0 record with him from Team Bowerhouse in Frederick, MD. MyMMANews took a few minutes with Raiden at the start of the fight week. Asked how he found a way to fight, he said …
I’ve always been a big guy and everyone wanted me to play soccer so I played soccer but I didn’t like it very much even though I played for years. Then I discovered mixed martial arts and it was something I loved to do.
Please see our interview at the link above. Raiden has a long frame and serious reach and isn’t afraid to throw those hands up. I’m sure his trainer Rob McCraw will get him fit and ready to go full blast this weekend. This could be my choice for the fight of the night. I’ve been on the cage side for both guys in the past and I’m really excited for this one. You can get live results from the cage side at AOW 18 here on MyMMANews.