The North American Allied Fight Series is bringing professional mixed martial arts back to Morgantown on Friday, April 27 at the Mylan Park Expo Center with their latest installment, Caged Fury 17.
The NAAFS first came to Morgantown in January, when they hosted Caged Fury 16, a sold out show at the Morgantown Event Center. That fight card featured an abundance of the finest local mixed martial artists as well as the state’s first ever women’s bout.
Since Caged Fury 16, NAAFS president and CEO Greg Kalikas has been eager to return to Morgantown.
We’re excited about it. We were very happy with the success of the first show and we look forward to coming back.
After the organization’s successful trip in January, Kalikas also recognized that he needed to book a larger venue to optimize ticket sales and allow as many fans as possible the chance to experience a live mixed martial arts event.
To avoid another quick sellout which left many potential fight-goers disappointed, Kalikas, along with Simons Promotions, booked the Mylan Park Expo Center to host the upcoming card.
“We moved to the Mylan Center for more room after selling out the Event Center so quickly,” Kalikas said. “[In January] we turned away literally thousands of people, and this venue will give us at least another thousand seats to fill.”
For those who were drawn to Caged Fury 16 for the heavy dose of local fighters, there is plenty to be excited about with April’s fight card. While the full fight card is still being composed, local professional standouts Nathan “Bamm” Bryant and Ronell Green are confirmed to be on the bill.
Along with this, Kalikas promises an even better production and atmosphere for the event, so for those who enjoyed the electricity of Caged Fury 16, April’s card promises to crank up the voltage.
“The state overall is going to explode with MMA and we’re excited to be getting into it,” said Kalikas. “Since MMA is so new to West Virginia, we don’t want peoples’ first experience with the sport to be a bad one, so we’re always looking to put on great shows.”
If the sellout of Caged Fury 16 and the fact that half the tickets are already sold for Caged Fury 17 is any indication, Morgantown is happy to welcome the NAAFS back.