The first of three big MMA events taking place this weekend will be Resurrection Fighting Alliance 34. The event will be headlined by a welterweight title fight as Benjamin Smith faces Bojan Velickovic for the vacant strap. Also, UFC veteran Hugo Viana makes his RFA debut and plenty of other top MMA prospects are in action.
RFA Welterweight Title Decision Fight
Benjamin Smith (15-3-0) vs. Bojan â€œSerbian Steelâ€ Velickovic (12-3-0)
Smith has already held the RFA Welterweight Title, but he lost it to UFC veteran Gilbert Smith at RFA 26. Velickovic has already won three of four fights under the RFA banner, with his lone loss coming to the previously mentioned Gilbert Smith. Smith has already held some gold in his career, as he is a former Driller Promotions Welterweight Champion. Velickovic had fought three times in 2015, which was the second busiest year the fighter had since turning pro in 2010. Smith is going to want to hold Velickovc down and grind out a decision, but Velickovic will catch him with a submission in the fourth round to win the title.
RFA Middleweight Division Fight
John Poppie (6-2-0) vs. Adam Stroup (10-2-0)
Poppie is currently winless under the RFA banner, having dropped a bout to Andrew Sanchez by TKO at RFA 28. Stroup will be making his RFA debut in this fight and he is a longtime veteran of the Sparta Combat League promotion. Poppie has previously held gold already in his career as he is a former Midwest Cage Championships Middleweight Champion. Stroup has only fought outside of the Sparta Combat League twice in his career and this will be the first time in three years he has not fought in the promotion. The majority of this fight should be contested on the ground, which is where Stroup will get a close decision on Poppie.
RFA Light Heavyweight Division Fight
Jeremy Kimball (11-5-0) vs. Cody Mumma (8-2-0)
Kimball will be returning to the RFA first the first time in nearly three years and he did compete in a Bellator MMA Middleweight Tournament, making it to the semi-finals. Mumma will be returning to RFA competition after being away for a year and none of his fights have gone to the judgeâ€™s scorecards. Kimball is going to want to swarm on Mumma with strikes, but Mumma will ground him on route to a decision win.
RFA Bantamweight Division Fight
â€œThe Anointed Warriorâ€ Zac Riley (3-3-0) vs. Hugo â€œThe Wolverineâ€ Viana (8-3-0)
Riley is currently undefeated under the RFA banner, having defeated Sha Lindsey by submission at RFA 31. Viana will be competing for the first time since his UFC release, which came after a loss to Guido Cannetti at UFC 190. Riley pulled an upset in his RFA debut, but it will not happen again as Viana grinds out a decision win.
RFA Welterweight Division Fight
Brian â€œThe Mantisâ€ Camozzi (4-2-0) vs. Tyler Milner (7-2-0)
Camozzi will be making his RFA debut in this fight and he will also be returning to action after a years absence. Milner will also be making his RFA debut in this fight and he has previously competed against UFC veteran Andy Enz. Milner will have some cage rust when he fights against Camozzi, which Camozzi will take advantage of to get a first round TKO win.
RFA Featherweight Division Fight
Cory Sandhagen (1-0-0) vs. Andrew Tenneson (3-0-0)
Sandhagen will be making his RFA debut in this fight and his lone bout as a pro was a win over Bruce Sessman at Fight To Win MMA IX. Tenneson will also be making his RFA debut in this fight and none of his fights have gone past the second round. Tenneson is a machine when the fight hits the ground and he submits Sandhagen in the second to stay undefeated.
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