The second of the three MMA events taking place on Friday Night alone is Resurrection Fighting Alliance 35 and it is a card worth checking out. The event will be headlined by the crowning of a new lightweight champion as David Castillo faces Thiago Moises. Also, ten other top MMA prospects will be stepping into the cage for their shot at getting to the big stage.
RFA Lightweight Title Decision Fight
David Castillo (19-7-0) vs. Thiago Moises (6-1-0)
Castillo will be making his RFA debut in this fight and he has only won just one of his last three couts heading into the title shot. Moises is a late replacement fighter in this bout and he is currently undefeated in RFA competition. Castillo has already held gold before in his career, as he is a former United Combat Sports Lightweight Champion. Moises has only suffered one defeat as a pro, which came to UFC veteran Jason Knight at Cage rage 25. Moises being a late replacement is going to hurt him in this fight, Castillo drags the fight into the championship rounds on route to a decision win.
RFA Lightweight Division Fight
David “Playtime” Putvin (7-1-0) vs. Thiago Alves Cavalcante “Monstrinho” Rodrigues (9-3-0)
Putvin will be making his RFA debut in this fight and he is a veteran of the Showdown Fights promotion. Rodrigues is currently winless in RFA competition, dropping a fight to Marcus Edwards at RFA 26 last year. Putvin will also be looking to rebound from his first loss as a pro, which came to Jerod Spoon at Sugar Creek Showdown 25. Rodrigues has already competed once in 2016, defeating Randy Yellowhair at Steel Fist Fight Night 39. These are two fighters who are amazing when it comes to the submission game, but it will be Rodrigues escaping with a third round submission win.
RFA Heavyweight Division Fight
Curtis “Razor” Blaydes (4-0-0) vs. Luis Cortez (3-1-0)
Blaydes will be making his RFA debut in this fight and none of his bouts as a pro went to the judge’s scorecards. Cortez will also be making his RFA debut in this fight and he is a veteran of the Steel Fist Fight Night promotion. This fight should be nothing short of a slugfest for as long as it lasts, but it will be Blaydes finishing Cortez with strikes in the first to stay undefeated.
RFA Welterweight Division Fight
“Bad” Brad Darrington (4-0-0) vs. James Nakashima (4-0-0)
Darrington will be making his RFA debut in this fight and three of his four wins as a pro came in the opening round. Nakashima has won three fights already in the RFA, last defeating Chance Rencountre by decision at RFA 30. Nakashima has an excellent wrestling game and he grounds the better striker in Darrington on route to a decision win.
RFA Middleweight Division Fight
Dervin “The Pioneer” Lopez (7-3-0) vs. Joe “Pega Leve” Rodriguez (7-3-0)
Lopez is currently winless under the RFA banner, dropping a fight to Devin Clark by decision at RFA 29. Rodriguez will be making his RFA debut in this fight, but he did compete once in Bellator MMA and that was a win over Eric Wahlin at Bellator 114. These are two competitors who are good wherever the fight winds up, but it will be Lopez earning a close decision over Rodriguez.
RFA Bantamweight Division Fight
Lynn Schulz (4-1-0) vs. “The Karate Kid” Ricky Steele (4-0-0)
Schulz will be making his RFA debut in this fight and he had spent his entire career until this point in the Steel Fist Fight Night promotion. Steele has already achieved a victory in RFA competition, which came over Jay Pressley by decision at RFS 24. Steele has been using effective striking to notch decision wins thus far, but he finally finishes someone as he defeats Schulz in the opening round.
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