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Locals Shine At Saturday MMA Show
Oakdale MMA fighters and Oakdale High graduates (from left) Michael Gall, Buddy Wallace and Bill Theofanopoulos celebrate a Wallace win during an Art of War Productions fight card at the Chicken Ranch Casino on Saturday, Jan. 28. - photo by IKE DODSON/THE LEADER


A collection of kickboxing, pankration, mixed martial arts amateurs and professionals from the Oakdale MMA Club took on competitors at the Chicken Ranch Casino in Jamestown on Saturday for the first ever presentation by Art of War Productions. The affiliation, co-founded by Oakdale MMA instructor Tom Theofanopoulos, hosted around 1,000 fans for the amateur and professional portion of the event and thrilled the standing-room only crowd with 15 total bouts inside the cage. Oakdale MMA fighters won four of five fights during the run of amateur and professional bouts. For more information on the action packed card and the success of local fighters catch the Feb. 1 print edition of the Oakdale Leader.