Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Turning a New Page with the Cage
Warpath Mixed Martial Arts features different ring style May 2
Released by Francine Douglas, FD Gym/Photo Vanfighter
Chad Gerow (above) will be facing off against Andy Padda in the WFC title fight.
arPath Fighting Championships (WFC), hosted by Four Directions Marital Arts Academy, a mixed martial arts gym from Chilliwack, welcomes fighters from across the province to Chilliwacks’ first-ever MMA fights in a cage on Friday May 2nd 2014 at the Tzeachten Hall on Promontory Road.
WFC, previously with a traditional boxing ring, has ten fights scheduled for the fans and is awarding a championship title belt in the welterweight division.
A war is expected between Chad Gerow and Andy Padda for the WFC Championship Welterweight title (170lbs). Gerow is from the Kitselas First Nation near Terrace, BC. Gerow, also known as “Ready to Go” Chad Gerow, is always ready to go to battle. This dangerous striker is continuously improving in all aspects of the MMA game.
Gerow trains primarily with World Extreme Kickboxing in Surrey, but is a product of the renown Revolution Fight Team in Langley, where he continues to train. In addition to these two top BC MMA gyms, Gerow further enhances his MMA skills with BJJ Black Belt Rob Velek and Chilliwacks’ own Four Directions Martial Arts Academy. His opponent Padda, who began his MMA training under Kultar “The Black Mamba” Gill, and now waving the flag from LevelUp MMA from Surrey, BC is a force to be reckoned with at 155lbs and 170lbs.
WFC promoter Darwin Douglas, says, “Don’t blink! This fight will be prove to be an all out war with two equally tough and skilled opponents.”
Kolten “KOKO” Higginbottom, with a current record of 4-3 trains under Darwin Douglas and Jamie Siraj of Four Directions Martial Arts Academy. Higginbottom, with two wins in the past six months, is stepping up a weight class to match Perry Hayer in the welterweight division (170lbs). Hayer, fighting out of LevelUp MMA in Surrey, BC has fought many battles for WFC. After some time away from WFC competition, Hayer is ready with his strong striking ability and submission skills to take on the growing force in Higginbottom.
Wally Joe, a hometown favorite who is Stó:lō Coast Salish from Kwakwapilt First Nation in Chilliwack has a strong warrior spirit and hands of stone. Joe’s boxing skills and experience against young Justin Auld-Field from Pacific Top Team Jiu Jitsu in Kelowna, BC will be the best attributes to bring him victory. Auld-Field has a reputation of a dangerous submission artist. There are high hopes for this young fighter who will be put to the test, coming in to steal the victory from the hometown favorite. Joe and Auld-Field are fighting at a catchweight of 175lbs.
WFC is excited for the lightweight (155lbs) match between Trevor Gill and Dakota O’Connor. Gill is a new prospect fighting out of Mamba MMA who has a wrestling background. You can expect Gill to be well-prepared under Coach Kultar “The Black Mamba” Gill, who owns and coaches one of Canada’s strongest MMA gyms, Mamba MMA. O’Connor hails from Osoyoos Indian Band near Oliver, BC. O’Conner’s first fight was in the United States and he’s ready to bring his exciting fighting style to the WFC cage.
Mikel DuPont will verse Tristan Sargeant in a light heavyweight division (205lbs). DuPont, from Mata Leao MMA in Kamploops BC comes from a strong and successful team of fighters. His opponent Sergeant, fighting independently from Merritt BC has heavy hands. This is a classic striker versus jiu jitsu match up.
For the full fight card, visit www.warpathmma.com.
Tickets are available at the door and range in price from $35 to $100.
Tzeachten Hall is located at 45855 Promontory Rd. in Chilliwack. Doors open at 6 p.m. Fights begin at 7:30 p.m.
About WarPath Fighting Championships (WFC)
WCF is organized by Darwin and Francine Douglas, owners of Four Directions Martial Arts Academy – a martial arts facility in Chilliwack, BC. The vision of WFC is to offer MMA athletes an opportunity to enter the cage to build their amateur record, gain experience in the cage and become the top professional MMA fighters representing British Columbia and Canada. WFC fans will see these fighters in the UFC octagon one day. www.warpathmma.com
About Four Directions Martial Arts Academy
Four Directions Martial Arts Academy offers mixed martial arts, boxing, muay thai, kickboxing, and wresting classes to people 8 years and up. The Four Directions Academy is owned by Darwin and Francine Douglas. Head Coach and professional MMA fighter Darwin Douglas sees value in raising the profile of MMA in the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community. It is an opportunity to develop values of respect, confidence and discipline. The Four Directions Martial Arts Academy also has a successful anti-bullying and self-defense program that is offered to youth living in the Stó:lō Coast Salish territory. www.fourdirectionsmartialarts.com
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