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Central Pennsylvania Warrior Challenge 6: Key victories and highlights

Ted Giantini
08 June 2010
Central Pennsylvania Warrior Challenge 6: Key victories and ...
Fighters and fans alike packed the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, P.A., Friday, June 4 for a night of amateur and professional mixed martial arts as the Central Pennsylvania Warrior Challenge put on its sixth and certainly one of the most impressive shows to date. Newly dubbed MATCS correspondant Eric Kowal highlights some of the key events of the evening:
Written by Eric Kowal

Former Ultimate Fighting Champion and current hall of famer, Dan “the Beast” Severn opened the festivities at the Central Pennsylvania Warrior challenge by addressing the crowd.

“Thank you for supporting the local mixed martial arts scene," Severn said before sitting ringside with event promoter, Mark Jovich. "Thank you for supporting these fighters and helping the sport continue to grow.”

While Severn's sentiment was well recieved, The Beast was not needed to energize the crowd. With several hometown fighters on the card, fans made certain visiting opponents received an unpleasant welcome.

In what was the fight of the night, East Stroudsburg, native Craig Odeair took on Jordan Hartman. Fans were treated to the amateur equivalent of the first Ultimate Fighter season finale fight between Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar. Odeair and Hartman stood toe-to-toe and traded blows for three rounds.

Fans stood in anticipation as Hartman’s name was called and his hand was raised in victory after this epic battle went to the judges’ scorecards for a decision.

Boos roared through the convention center as the crowd seemed to disagree as to who won the fight. Odeair's loss in this close bout was likely caused by a point deduction issued referee Dan Miragliotta after Odeair accidentally struck a downed Hartman to the back of the head.

The knock out of the night honors were claimed authoritatively by Thomas Anderton. Coming off a devastating TKO win over Jason Haley back in February, Anderton received the biggest cheer of the night as he knocked Darnell Hayes out cold.

Hayes put it to Anderton early on, immediately bloodying his face with a shot that would lead to an eventual black eye. But an accidental groin shot by Hayes stopped the fight's momentum.

As soon as Anderton was able to continue, the tide had turned and Hayes went sent to the canvas with a powerful right hand. Fans leapt to their feet, jaws dropped, turning their heads to the person next to them as to say “did you see that?”

A third round armbar victory earned Bill Leibensperger the submission of the night victory as he defeated Philip Meck.

In the first professional fight of the night, Iowa native Tom Ahrens dropped a unanimous decision to Biff Walizer.

Ahrens (9-7) had a four fight win streak in 2007 after losing to UFC veteran John Halverson. Walizer added his sixth win to his resume by defeating Ahrens.

In the co-main event, Duane Bastress, undefeated as both an amateur and professional used his size and strength to make quick work of Roger “The Joker” Minton. It was only 51 seconds into the first round before Miragliotta had seen enough and eventually pulled Bastress off Minton preventing any further damage to the beaten fighter.

Wrapping the card up in the main event, undefeated featherweight Justin Scott defeated Florida’s Denis Hernandez via unanimous decision. In this fight we saw the second groin shot of the night as it seems nearly every MMA event is not complete without one now a days.

The Central Pennsylvania Warrior Challenge will return to the Pocono Manor in Pocono Manor, P.A., June 24, with their World Karate Union 2 event. For ticket info, see

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08 June 2010

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