Caged Vengeance 12 Z-Plex at the former Arena Streetsboro, Ohio October 20, 2012
10/10/12 Streetsboro, OH: As the weather in Northeast Ohio cools down, the action inside the NAAFS cage is expected to heat up in the coming months starting with October 20th’s mega-card in Streetsboro. With Night of Champions around the corner, the next two NAAFS events promise to have major implications for what is setting up to be a spectacular close to the 2012 NAAFS season.
Next up, Caged Vengeance 12 and the return of the NAAFS to the Z-Plex (formerly The Arena) for what is a stacked fight card on Saturday October, 20th. The pro card will feature some of the most recognizable names in the NAAFS including past and undoubtedly future champions.
Former Pro Series welterweight champ Nick Duell takes on long time veteran Jay Buck in the night’s main event. While Buck makes his debut in the NAAFS, Duell will try to take one more step towards a shot at reclaiming the 170 lbs crown.
Fan favorite, “Smokin” Joe Heiland collides with Buckeye MMA’s Jon “The Beast” Washington in a lightweight tilt. Heiland has won two of his last three fights including a thrilling hard fought win over Andrew Osborne at Fight Nite in the Flats in June. Washington last appeared in the NAAFS as an amateur in 2009, but has since gone 5-3 as a professional and has a win against current TUF cast member, Julian Lane.
Rising superstar and 2011 NAAFS national champion, Mark Cherico, battles NAAFS veteran, Jason Lawrence in a featherweight bout. Cherico may be the most charismatic fighter in the league which has made “The Pride of Bloomfield” a fan and media favorite. After an undefeated amateur career, Cherico won his professional debut in dominating fashion last April and will look to stay unbeaten in Streetsboro.
Caged Vengeance 12 will mark the NAAFS debut of Russian powerhouse Maxim Grishin. A former training partner of the legendary Fedor Emelianenko, Grishin will look for his third straight win when he faces off with Illinois native, William Hill in a light heavyweight showcase.
The professional portion of the card will also include 2 time NAAFS national champion George “Bonesaw” Comer and the return of Elonzo “Hollywood” Harvey.
The Caged Vengeance 12 undercard will include no less than 10 NAAFS national amateur semi-final bouts. A complete fight card is listed below.
Tickets for NAAFS Caged Vengeance 12 are nearly gone and this event will sell out. Fans can still purchase tickets while they last at all northeast Ohio Discount Drug Mart locations, by calling 330-280-8442 or by logging on to www.NAAFS.tv. Tickets range from just $32 presale to $102 for VIP seating. All bouts are subject to change.
First Bout: 6:00 pm
Z-Plex at the former Arena
Amateur Semifinals Bouts
265 lbs – James Rankin 5-3 (KomArts) vs Jay Olson 6-1 (Evolve MMA)
205 lbs – Matt DiCenso 8-1 (Team Ascension) vs Dan Stevenson 4-0 (Dojo Fight Club)
135 lbs – Jordan Baldwin (Evolve MMA) vs Shane Valko 5-0 (The Mat Factory)
155 lbs – Fadi Shuman 2-0 (Mad Dog Fight Team) vs Josh Kallai 4-2 (Evolve MMA)
185 lbs – Tony DiPiero 7-6 (Rising Dragon) vs Nick Halkides 2-1 (Evolve MMA)
145 lbs – Jeremiah Yeager 6-2 (Prodigy MMA) vs Wes Hanson 7-0 (DawgHouse Gym/Hiles MMA)
155 lbs – Nick Browne 3-0 (Uniontown Fight Club) vs Kenny Jackson 9-5 (Evolve MMA)
145 lbs – Eric Gifford 4-2 (Brickhouse MMA) vs Dominic Mazzotta 5-1 (Ed Vincent MMA/Cho’s Taekwondo)
135 lbs – Ryan Arce 4-1 (Evolve MMA) vs Jerrell Hodge 4-1 (Brickhouse MMA)
170 lbs TITLE – Emmanuel Kangah 3-1 (Tru Roots MMA)vs Josh Lasich 4-1 (Evolve MMA)
170 lbs – Zac Gobel 7-5 (Dragons Den) vs Elonzo Harvey 3-5 (Rising Dragon)
205 lbs – Bill Hill 17-25 (Truth Training Systems) vs Maxim Grishin 13-6 (Strong Style Fight Team)
155 lbs – Danny Benoit 7-0 (G2)vs George Comer 10-1 (Griffon Rawl)
145 lbs – Jason Lawrence 5-3 (Prodigy MMA) vs Mark Cherico 10-0 (Fight Club Pittsburgh)
155 lbs – Jon Washington 11-4 vs Joe Heiland 14-2-1 (Strong Style Fight Team)
170 lbs – Jay Buck 14-11 (G2) vs Nick Duell 19-6-1 (Strong Style Fight Team)