Downtown Cleveland Ready for Caged Fury – Tickets on Sale!
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PKW Promotions and Champions Sports Bar are pleased to announce the return of “Caged Fury” to Northeast Ohio. On March 31st, The NAAFS Pro Series will make its debut as part of Caged Fury at the Gray’s Armory in downtown Cleveland, Ohio marking a historic night for the NAAFS. After a highly successful run over the past 18 months, the NAAFS (North American Amateur Fight Series) will now feature the top amateur and professional stars of tomorrow during various MMA shows in 2007. “Its time to expand in to the professional ranks with the objective of continuing to build a solid foundation for our fighters. Now our amateurs will have a professional series they can continue to blossom and develop through while gaining the exposure and experience that is so valuable in today’s MMA” stated NAAFS representative Jake Digman.
The main event on March 31st will feature the long awaited showdown between Michigan’s Nate Carey (11-1) and Ohio’s Josh “Heavy” Hendricks (16-4) who is regarded by many as a top UFC prospect. Carey has come on of late and compiled an impressive 11-1 professional record while winning his last four fights by KO. Carey is as well rounded as they come but will have a collegiate All-American wrestler to deal with in Hendricks who has also put together an impressive streak while owning an unbeaten record in his last eight fights.
Jason “Freebird” Freeman (2-1) will look to stay on a roll as well when he faces his toughest test to date in West Virginia’s Jason “The Wrecking Ball” Jones (4-1) in a featured pro bout. Both fighters are known for their aggressive striking and devastating power which should make for a thrilling match-up with the winner likely fighting for the NAAFS Pro Series 205 lbs crown this June 9th.
In another featured pro bout, Cleveland’s own Donny “Eagle Eye” Walker (7-4) will look to avenge a loss to Team Gurgel’s Josh “Bam Bam” Souder (10-6) when these two lightweights square off for the NAAFS Pro Series Lightweight title. In addition to the Walker vs Souder fight, four of the regions top lightweights will also wage ware as part of a 4-man NAAFS lightweight contenders tournament which will showcase Mike “The Bull” Russo, Mike Boyd, and Torrance “The Tyrant” Taylor of Cleveland along with Brent Amon of Philadelphia, PA. The winners will meet on June 9th at Fight Nite in the Flats 3. Also expected to participate March 31st are former Gladiators Fighting MW champion Mitch Whitesel and the pro debut of 2006 NAAFS middleweight champion Taiwon “The Iron Dragon” Howard.
While March 31st marks the debut of the NAAFS professional series, the amateurs certainly won’t be forgotten on this night with many of the pre-season favorites will be in action. 2006 NAAFS HW Champion John “The Showstopper” Hedges will tangle with the highly touted Felix “The Cat” Catheline while Ricky “The Thriller” Miller will look to stay unbeaten in an NAAFS middleweight bout. Plus the return of Nicholas Duell, DJ Jacobucci and the highly anticipated rematch between top NAAFS welterweights Josh McBride and AJ Pulling of Team GriffonRawl.
NAAFS Pro Series Featured Bouts
265 lbs – Josh “Heavy” Hendricks 11-1 (Strong Style Fight team) vs Nate Carey 11-1 (Team Challenge)
205 lbs – Jason “Freebird” Freeman 2-1 (Vander Fighting Systems) vs Jason “The Wrecking Ball” Jones 4-1 (Infinity Fight team)
155 lbs – Donny “Eagle Eye” 7-4 (Team GriffonRawl) Walker vs Josh “Bam Bam” Souder 10-6 (Team Gurgel)
155 lbs – Mike Boyd 3-1 (Strong Style Fight Team) vs Torrance “The Tyrant” Taylor 3-3 (Rising Dragon MMA)
160 lbs – Mike “The Bull” Russo 9-9 (Team GriffonRawl) vs Brent Amon 1-2 (Northeastern Pummeling Den)
185 lbs – Mitch Whitesel 7-5 (Wreckroom Athleics) vs TBA
185 lbs – Taiwon Howard 0-0 (Rising Dragon MMA) vs TBA
NAAFS Amatuer Preliminary Bouts
265 lbs – John “The Showstopper” Hedges (Team Warfare) vs Felix “The Cat” Catheline (Wreckroom Athletics)
170 lbs – AJ Pulling (Team GriffonRawl) vs Josh McBride (Northeastern Pummeling Den)
185 lbs – Ricky “The Thriller” Miller (Jungle Fight Team) vs TBA
155 lbs – Aaron Dugan (Northeastern Pummeling Den) vs TBA
170 lbs – John Selgado (New York San Da) vs TBA
185 lbs – DJ Jacobucci (Team GriffonRawl) vs TBA
155 lbs – Jon Rohn (Team Challenge) vs TBA
205 lbs – Nicholas Duell (Jungle Fight Team) vs TBA
205 lbs – Nicholas Golembieski (Knockout Factory) vs TBA
185 lbs – Dave Osborne (Team GriffonRawl) vs TBA
The final match-ups are being finalized and will be posted on PKWlive.com next week. All in all Caged Fury will feature a minimum of fifteen action packed bouts as the NAAFS continues it’s 2007 national series.
Tickets for Caged Fury are now on sale and range from $30 to $80 pre-sale. Tickets can be purchased by logging on to www.NAAFS.tv, www.PKWlive.com or by calling the NAAFS ticket line at 330-280-8442. Look for the official odds for Caged Fury at www.BetonFighting.com, the world wide leader in MMA gaming. The 2007 NAAFS Season Opener sold out 3 weeks prior to the show, so don’t wait to get your tickets for this event! The official Caged Fury after party is set for Champions Sports bar in downtown Cleveland immediately following the show. Caged Fury is proudly sponsored by Champions Sports Bar, BetonFighting.com, Bloody Buddy Fight Gear, 2XL Sports Gear, and the On-line voice of the fight fan, PKW Live.
PKW Live on 1330 Am!
Now fight fans in NE Ohio can catch live interviews with their favorite NAAFS fighters on local radio as PKW Live will now air on 1330 AM in Cleveland on a new night and time. Starting with this Sunday, February 11th, PKW Live will air every Sunday night from 6 pm to 8 pm est. This Sunday’s featured interviews will include UFC stars Rich Franklin, Chris Lytle and 2006 NAAFS HW Champion John “The Showstopper” Hedges. Fans in Cleveland, can access the show by tuning in to 1330 AM while regional and national listeners can still access PKW on-line at www.Prokarateweekly.com. Several Caged Fury fighters will be featured on PKW Live in the weeks to come in anticipation of March 31st’s Caged Fury event in Cleveland. Check out www.Prokarateweekly.com and SportstalkCleveland.com for interview dates and past PKW Live broadcast archives.