In the City of Cheyenne Ice and Events Center, Resurrection Fighting Alliance held their 14th event, RFA 14 on Friday, April 11th aired on AXS TV.
It featured a flyweight bout for the vacant championship between Matt Manzanares (6-2) and Junior Maranhao (9-2), who replaced Leandro Higo, on short notice in the main event. Higo was originaly scheduled to compete for the vacant title, however visa issues prevented him from being allowed to fight in the states, RFA found a replacement in Maranhao.
The RFA flyweight title left vacant by former champion, Zach Makovsky–who defeated Matt Manzanares to capture the belt–after he left to join the UFC.
The second time would be the charm for Matt Manzanares in front of his hometown crowd in Cheyenne, despite giving up a 7-inch height and 7-inch reach advantage to opponent Maranhao, Manzanares was able to use his speed and footwork to get on the inside and land his strikes. Even dropping Maranhao with a right hand over the top in round 2, Matt jumped on top of Maranhao in an attempt to finish the dazed fighter, but on the ground it was Junior’s advantage–as his long legs helped him secure triangle and armbar attempts, putting Manzanares in danger.
Seeing that he had an advantage on the ground, Junior Maranhao would continue to take the fight to the ground past the 2nd round, amongst the technical striking exchanges. However Manzanares would hold his own on the ground in the later rounds, sweeping Maranhao in the 3rd, and securing a near triangle choke in the 4th.
A bizarre sight happened in between the 4th and 5th rounds, as Junior Maranhao just collapsed and fell off his stool in his corner and was flat on his face for a couple of seconds before awaking to. The doctor would come in but would perform a very brief inspection of Maranhao before allowing the fight to continue. So the fight continued onto the 5th, where both fighters continued to exchange strikes on the feet–and Maranhao would get the better of the exchanges this round, but the fight would eventually go to the judges’ decision.
Matt Manzanares captured the RFA flyweight championship with a Split Decision win over Junior Maranhao.
Raoni Barcelos (7-0) and Mark Dickman (8-1) competed in the co-main event to determine who would be the number one contender for the featherweight championship. Unsuccessful in the first round, Dickman was able to use his wrestling to get the takedown in the 2nd round and quickly transitioned to take the back of Barcelos. Dickman used ground and pound to soften up Barcelos and get him to surrender the rear naked choke for the tapout. Barcelos handed his first loss by Dickman, who becomes the number one contender.
Tyler Voth (5-1) and Jeimeson Saudino (7-2) competed to determine who would be next in line to fight the winner of the main event for the RFA flyweight title. Both fighters made their RFA debuts, and had an entertaining 3-round battle, which saw Saudino get the better of the striking exchanges, but Voth possessed the takedown ability–eventually proving to be the difference in the fight. The Team Alpha Male fighter, Tyler Voth took the unanimous decision to become the number one contender.
Alan Jouban (7-2) bounced back from his loss to Mike Rhodes back at RFA 10, by defeating Armando Montoya Jr. (8-3) via TKO in the 2nd round.
Daniel Aguiar (10-3) made it 10 wins, 10 submissions as he submitted Tyler Toner (15-7) with a heel hook in just 29 seconds.
RFA 14 Full Results:
Matt Manzanares def. Junior Maranhão via Split Decision
Mark Dickman def. Raoni Barcelos via Submission (rear naked choke)–Round 2, 2:06
Tyler Voth def. Jeimeson Saudino via Unanimous Decision
Alan Jouban def. Amando Montoya Jr. via TKO (strikes)–Round 2, 3:33
Daniel Aguiar def. Tyler Toner via Submission (heel hook)–Round 1, 0:29
Jocelyn Lybarger def. Rosa Acevedo via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)