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RFA 12.5-48

By: Jonathan M King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Resurrection Fighting Alliance returned to the Southern Californian landscape with an evening of combat at the OC Hangar in Costa Mesa. The night featured some of the regions top young talent, as well as a good mix of savvy veterans who are hungry to return to prominence. With the vacant lightweight title on the line (vacated by Christos Giagos when he was signed by the UFC), Mehdi Baghdad (11-3 MMA, 1-0 RFA) took on Zach Juusola (10-3 MMA) in evenings main event.

Juusola looked to keep the fight grounded and out of the range of Baghdad’s strikes and did so for the better part of four rounds. However halfway through the fourth round Baghdad unleashed an I.Q. changing elbow that split Juusola apart, before dropping him to his knees. Juusola had just recovered from a low blow. After being given some time to recover, he indicated he was ready to go. The elbow came almost instantly, as did the stoppage.

The win places Baghdad in a good position. If he is signed by the UFC he will join Giagos, Kevin Casey, Brian Ortega, and Alan Jouban as former RFA champions currently employed by the industry leader. However it wouldn’t be surprising to Scott Coker courting him as well.

With Viacom committed, Bellator MMA could be the perfect fit for Baghdad. There he would be able to make good money, in a division with much less clutter. Currently the UFC roster is bloated with over 100 lightweights, whereas Bellator currently only has 27. With the UFC uniform concept yet to be proven profitable, it may make sense to look elsewhere.

In the co-main event fan favorite Joe Murphy (8-1 MMA, 1-0 RFA) starched Brazilian Bruno Frazatto (6-2 MMA, 1-1 RFA) with a dizzying array of strikes, that saw the grappling expert in the fetal position trying to cover up as the referee stopped the fight. Murphy landed with a short lead uppercut that caught Frazatto on the tip of the chin, felling him early in the first round. Much to the delight of the crowd who came complete with signs and t-shirts in support of the Cleber Jiu Jitsu fighter. The win may be enough for Murphy to maneuver himself for a shot at a title.

Chase Gormely (11-4 MMA, 1-0 RF) also cruised to a unanimous decision win over Dale Sopi (6-1 MMA) in a battle of heavyweights. Gormely looking to make his way back to the UFC handed Sopi the first loss of his career. Both fighters appeared to tire after the first frame, but Gormely was able to impose his will on Sopi, consistently taking him to the mat. The win keeps Gormely on track to get back to the UFC ranks.

Francisco France (11-3-1 MMA) made short work of veteran Mikey Gomez (17-11 MMA) winning their fight in the very first round by technical submission. France dropped Gomez with big shot to the top of the head. Once on the mat, a dazed Gomez was unable to prevent France from getting to side control, where the arm in choke put Gomez to sleep. The win may have moved France into title contention.

RFA continues to get better with each show. The main reason for that growth is the talent level they attract! Promoter Ed Soares and his team have created a viable promotion that primarily acts as the bar for the larger organizations. If you can win a title within the RFA organization, chances are you will do very well in the big show. If not, well then this is the measuring stick you need to gauge yourself against. Everyone wants to be in the UFC. First ask yourself if you can make it too RFA!

 

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Fight #1: Eric Castodio (2-0) v Jacob Rosales (3-0) 145 lbs  3×2 min Rounds.

Rd1: Referee Miylan Ayers calling the action. Both fighters start with heavy punches and kicks, Rosales with he take down, and now looking for the choke. Castodio fighting the hands, and now gets ahold of Rosales’s neck momentarily. Rosales now back on top. Castodio controlling the posture well and lands a up kick on the break., Castodio again looks for the choke, but Rosales gets free and lands in the guard as the round comes to a close.

Rd2: Nice right hand from Rosales rocks Castodio, but he is able to instigate the clinch. Rosales again with heavy hands. Castodio with a nice leg kick but then eats some more punches from Rosales. Rosales now working in the closed guard.Rosales back to his feet for a moment before attempting to take the back. Castodio reverses position and finishes the round in top position.

Rd3: Rosales starts busy, landing with both hands, but Castodio still has plenty left. Rosales with a nice knee from the clinch, and lands with the right hand follow. Nice judo throw from Rosales has Castodio on the ground for a moment, but he bounces up and throws a nice leg kick that finds a home. Rosales plods forward with the jab, and finishes the round with a nice flurry.

Winner: 30-27 via Unanimous Decision Jacob Rosales 

Fight #2 Mario Lopez (0-1) v Carlos Chavez (0-0) 170 lbs 3×2 Min Rds

Rd1: Referee Larry Landless in charge of the action. Chavez with a nice leg kick, but Lopez counters with a push kick. Nice counter right hand from Lopez. Chavez with a lead left hook that finds a home, then a leg kick. Big right hand from Chavez drops Lopez, Chavez unable to capitalize, but then achieves mount. Now looking for the back, but the round comes to a close.

Rd2: Lopez flirts with the lead left, but eats a counter from Chavez. Lopez moving backwards, as Chavez looks for the big shot. Lopez pushes back the advancing Chavez with a push kick. Both fighters exchange counters. Low blow by Lopez prompts a stoppage. On the restart, both fighters exchange right hands, but then Chavez lands with a nice left that backs up Lopez. Nice body kick from Lopez as the round comes to a close.

Rd3: Lopez looks to be the busier fighter as the final frame begins. Nice side kick from Lopez. Chavez with a chopping leg kick. Lopez keeps switching stances, but eats a short left from Chavez. Nice right hand from Chavez, but Lopez answers with one of his own, followed by a leg kick. Both fighters going for it, Lopez eats a huge right and goes down right before the round ends.

Winner: 29-28 30-27 30-27 Carlos Chavez via UD

Fight #3: Jesse Fox (0-1) v Bryce Zarraga (0-0) 3×2 min Rds 155 lbs

Rd1: Both fighters touch gloves and we are underway. Fox moving well, but Zarraga able to land with the jab. Long feeling out process, but a huge left from Fox drops Zarraga. Fox now working in the closed guard. He postures up and lands some big ground and pound as the round comes to a close.

Rd2: Zarraga shoots for a take down, but Fox sprawls away. Zarraga relentlessly attacking the single leg, but Fox is able to defend. Nice knee to the body by Fox, as both fighters clinch. Nice leg kick from Fox. Zarraga ducks under a left and again shoots to no avail. Fox defending well against the take down but un able to provide any offense.

Rd3: Nice kick to the body by Fox, and now its Fox pressing Zarraga against the cage. Fox working in Zarraga’s guard. Zarraga looks to hit a switch, but Fox is able to take the neck. Front chancery from Fox, as he drags Zarraga to the mat. Fox looking for an arm, decides to finish the fight landing ground and pound.

Winner: Jesse Fox via UD 

Fight #4: Angel Gonzalez (1-0) v Tanner Grant (1-0) 3×2 min Rds 145 lbs

Rd1: The third man in the cage is again Larry Landless. Grant starts out snapping the jab. Grant able to get the back of Gonzalez, but unable to get in his hooks. Now he has both hooks in, but Gonzalez defends the choke well. Great job hand fighting from Gonzalez but he is still in trouble. Gonzalez is able to survive the round.

Rd2: Big kick from Gonzalez lands but Grant with a nice take down. Both fighters scramble on the mat, but Grant able to get top position. Grant in the half guard looking to mount. Gonzalez holding on, as Grant tries to posture up. Shoulder shrugs from Grant. Nice right hand on the ground from Grant. Both fighters too their feet as the round ends.

Rd3: Grant comes out strong again, and quickly gets to the back of Gonzalez. Gonzalez again defends the choke well. Big ground and pound from Grant breaks up the search for a submission. Both hooks in for Grant, as more right hands find the side of Gonzalez’s head. Round comes to a close.

Winner: Grant via UD

Fight #5: Dominick Reyes (1-0) v Tywone Cotton (0-0) 3×2 Min Rounds 205lbs

Rd1: Milan Ayers will call the action. Both fighters start and land with low kicks, Reyes using the legs to establish the distance, then closes with a multiple punch combination. Leg Kick from reyes. Reyes pumping the jab, cotton is in trouble and he goes down. That is it.

Winner: Reyes via TKO Rd 1

Fight #6 Henry Mendez (1-2) v Antonio Vazquez (1-1) 3×2 min Rounds 145 lbs

Rd1: Larry Landless the third man in the cage. Vazquez looks for a take down and gets it. Mendez closes the guard, as Vazquez looks to land. Referee stands them up. Vazquez again gets the take down. Mendez looks for a triangle, and has it deep, but Vazquez escapes. Now back in Mendez Guard, Vazquez looking to posture up as the round comes to a close.

Rd2: Vazquez again gets the take down, but the ref stands them up after no action. Vazquez again brings the fight to the mat, however Mendez reverses position.  Vazquez controls the posture as Mendez looks to start with the ground and pound but the round comes to an end.

Rd3: Mendez looks for another take down, but Vazquez able to defend. Only to be taken down a moment later. Vazquez able to tie up Mendez forcing the stand up. Mendez again with another take down. Vazquez closes the guard and looks for an arm before the round and the fight come to an end.

Winner: Vazquez via UD

Fight #7 Kevin Widdoes (1-0) v Jose Antonio Ahumada (0-0)

Rd1: Widdoes starts out pressing the action. Nice leg kick lands before the fight goes to the mat. Widdoes looking to mount from the 1/2 guard and he gets it. Big ground and pound from Widdoes, as the Ref looks in and that is it!

Winner: Kevin Widdoes via TKO rd 1

Fight #8 Derrick Martinez (0-2) v Lionel Mathews (0-0) 265 lbs 3x 2 min Rounds

Winner: Martinez via KO :22 Rd 1