(02/11/10 – Cleveland, OH) - The NAAFS returns to Gray’s Armory in downtown Cleveland, OH on Saturday February 20th for Caged Fury 9, an event that will feature the stars of both the Pro & National Amateur Series in action live.
This event will be headlined by two Pro Series title fights, the first round of the Pro Series Featherweight title tournament, as well as featuring some of the top stars in the promotion battling it out inside the NAAFS cage.
A new Pro Series Heavyweight champion will be crowned at Caged Fury 9 when "Cujo" Joe McCall (8-1) of Matt Hughes’ Hit Squad takes on 2008 National Amateur Co-Heavyweight Champion "Big" John Hawk (9-0-1) for the vacant championship.
McCall is coming off a victory at the 3rd Annual Rock N Rumble over UFC veteran Josh "Heavy" Hendricks, where as Hawk recently defeated Thad Schlichter at Night of Champions 2009 in en epic battle. McCall is looking to become the first ever two-time Pro Series Champion, while Hawk is looking to become the second competitor to win both amateur and professional NAAFS gold.
Current NAAFS Interim Pro Series Lightweight Champion Frank "The Tank" Caraballo (12-4) defends his title for the first time at Caged Fury 9 against Vision MMA’s Daniel Straus (13-4) of Cincinnati, OH. Caraballo, now training with Strong Style Fight Team, captured the title at the 3rd Annual Rock N Rumble.
Straus made history at Night of Champions 2009 by becoming the first person to defeat "Smokin" Joe Heiland in his MMA career and now Straus has his sights on Frank Caraballo and the Interim Pro Series Lightweight title.
The first round of the Pro Series Featherweight tournament to determine a new champion will take place at Caged Fury 9 on February 20th. Instigator Fight Team’s Dustin "The Reaper" Kempf (14-5) will be facing Team GriffonRawl’s Donny "Eagle Eye" Walker (10-6), while 2006 National Amateur Lightweight Champion Mike Nesto (12-6) of Shrader’s MMA takes on Team Predator’s Nick Sorg (7-6) in respective first round fights.
The winners will face off with each other at Fight Night in the Flats VI in June to determine the new Pro Series Featherweight Champion.
In addition to the these Pro Series fights with championship ramifications, Caged Fury 8 will also feature the pro debut of 2006 National Amateur Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Ellison against Jeremy Joles, the highly anticipated return of top Heavyweight prospect Stipe Miocic when he faces Joe Wilson, Zach Sutek takes on 2009 National Amateur Co-Welterweight Champion Bryon McCroskey, and much more!
Tickets for NAAFS Caged Fury 9 on Saturday February 20th, 2010 from Gray’s Armory in downtown Cleveland, OH will go on sale this Friday, December 18th and will be available by logging onto NAAFS.tv or by calling the official NAAFS ticket line at 330-280-8442. For more information on the NAAFS, log onto www.NAAFS.tv.