The change was first reported by BluegrassMMA.com, and GatewayMMA.com has since learned that the event is likely to be rescheduled to take place in late July in West Virginia.
The NAAFS first partnered with Simons Productions for its first two West Virginia events – Caged Fury 16 in January and then Caged Fury 17 in April – but the relationship apparently soured in recent days and the NAAFS will no longer work with Simons.
According to sources close to the situation, the NAAFS is expected to partner with Butch Hiles for its future West Virginia events. Hiles recently promoted the first Reality Cage Combat event in Charleston, and the jiu-jitsu veteran is a pioneer of grappling and MMA in the Mountain State.
“Caged Fury 18″ was slated to feature a headliner between Bellator veteran Bryan Goldsby(16-12) and Strikeforce veteran Billy Vaughan (11-12). Notables Billy “Mojo” Horne, Doug Sparks, and Anthony Durnell were also slated to be part of the June event. It is not known whether those fighters will be part of the event in July.
Stay tuned to GatewayMMA.com for more news on “Caged Fury 18″ as it becomes available.