Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Empire State Warrior Challenge

Warrior Challenge
MMA Championships
Saturday Nov 10th
East Durham, NY

The event was held Saturday Nov 10th at the Blackthorne Resort, East Durham, NY. The event matched 4 MMA fighters at each weight class to give each fighter a chance to compete twice. The Central Pennsylvania Martial Arts Academy had 8 fighters entered this tournament. Seven of the eight CPMA fighters made it to the championship round.
Below are the results of the CPMA Fighters.

Champions Weight Result

Toby Crouse 135 Won by Default (fighter unable to go).

Justin Scott 145lbs Won by TKO in the 2nd round.

Shea Banks 150lbs Won by Submission (Guillotine Choke)
in the 2nd round.

Jason Gatts 165lbs Won by TKO in the 2nd round.

2nd Place Finish

John Tassone 165lbs Won his 1st fight by decision & lost the 2nd fight by a referee stoppage in the 2nd round. John never quit fighting even after receiving 2 hard knees that put a nasty cut to his eye. The fight had to be stopped.

Ian Banks 175lbs Lost by a split decision in overtime.

Chad Strawbridge 195lbs Lost by KO in the 1st round in a fight that both fighters were delivering massive shots to the head.

3rd Place Finish

Mike D’Addario 155lbs Lost the 1st fight and returned with
an impressive win by submission (Armbar) in the 2nd round.

Other Awards and Honors

Additionally CPMA Fighter Justin Scott received “Outstanding Fighter of the Year Honors” from the Empire State Warrior Challenge Organization. Scott improved his record to 3-0 fighting all 3 fights in just 5 months, against opponents with a combined record of 8-0. He has recorded a decision, 2 knockouts and was awarded “Outstanding Fighter of the Night” Honors in Warrior Challenge 3. This well respected and talented athlete was selected from a field of over 80 competitors.

“It is an honor to train a student like Justin. He is an extremely hard working and a smart fighter. A true well rounded competitor that knows what it takes to win. Students like Mr. Scott are 1:1000”. -Mark P. Jovich

Fighter Shea Banks received
“Outstanding Fighter of the Night Honors” for his performance in his first mixed martial arts event (MMA).

“The Staff and I could not be more pleased with the strong showing. Out of the 8 fighters 6 of them were fighting in their first mixed martial arts event. Fighting twice in the same night was grueling. The fighters made up for their lack of experience with strong conditioning and shear desire to compete. We are extremely pleased with the attitude and grace the losing fighters showed in defeat. These are types of fighters that will return and win consistently”

-Mark P. Jovich
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