Press Release – NAAFS Caged Fury 16 will mark one of West Virginia’s first ever sanctioned events and will also feature some of the sport’s top young professional fighters as part of this taped for television fight card. Included will be a history making bout between Ashley Cummins and Stephanie Frausto who’ll become the first females to ever compete in a sanctioned MMA bout in the state of West Virginia. Cummins is widely considered one of the WMMA’s top young prospects with an overall MMA record of 9-0 (1-0 pro). Frausto (2-3 pro) is a Bellator vet and the younger sister of current Bellator world champion Zoila Grugel, hopes that a win over Cummins will catapult her in to the WMMA rankings at 115 lbs.
Bellator veteran Joey “The Hitman” Holt (9-5) returns to the NAAFS after a highlight reel KO over previously undefeated Clint Musser at Bellator 51. Holt faces NAAFS newcomer Dustin Center (8-3) who will look to make a name for himself with a won over a highly touted Holt.
Former NAAFS pro series welterweight contender Mickey Hughes (8-7) will face Bellator vet Brandon Sailing (15-8) at 185 lbs. Hughes has been in the NAAFS cage against the likes of Chris Lozano, Travis Clark, Nick Duell and owns a win over UFC vet Justin Edwards early in his career. Brandon Sailing comes in a winner of three of his last four bouts, with his only defeat in that span coming at Bellator 59.
NAAFS light heavyweight contender Josh Stansbury (12-4) will look for his third straight win when he faces John Opfar (10-4) in an NAAFS contender’s bout. The winner will likely face current champion Dan Spohn for the 205 lbs NAAFS title later in the year.
The state of West Virginia will be well represented at Caged Fury 16 as well, when local favorites Nathan “Bam” Bryant, Zac Gobel, Chris Goldbaugh and Ronnell Green take to the NAAFS cage on January 28th in Morgantown.
The current Caged Fury fight card is as follows:
SHW – Sean McCorkle 13-2 (Integrated Fighting Academy) vs Mike Gordon 4-0 (Independent)
155 lbs – Joey Holt 9-5 (Team Impact) vs Dustin Center 8-3 (Cenrockda Siam Muay Thai)
110 lbs – Stephanie Frausto 2-3 (Team Gurgel) vs Ashley Cummins 1-0 (Vaghi Martial Arts)
170 lbs – Mickey Hughes 8-7 (H2O MMA) vs Brandon Saling 15-8 (Mov bjj)
205 lbs – Josh Stansbury 12-4 (Team Impact) vs John Opfar 10-4 (Pittsburgh Fight Club)
170 lbs – Zac Gobel 7-4 (Dragons Den) vs Jason Cardillo 6-0 (Pittsburgh Fight Club)
135 lbs – Ronnell Green 6-1 (Bullpen) vs Amos Collins 10-3 (Fitness Edge/Relson Gracie)
265 lbs – Nathan Bryant 8-6 (Ground Zero) vs Rick Day 9-1 (USA Martial Arts)
145 lbs – Matt Montalvo 7-7 (Fighters United) vs Jon Washington 10-3 (Buckeye MMA)
170 lbs – Matt Garrettson 4-5 (Butch Hiles MMA) vs Marcos Pecina 8-2 (USA Martial Arts)
185 lbs – Chris Goldbaugh 8-3 (Bullpen) vs TBA
*All Bouts subject to change
**Rankings info supplied by the Unified Women’s MMA Rankings.