When Resurrection Fighting Alliance named veteran MMA manager Ed Soares as its president in August, he hinted at major plans and a television deal in the near future. Now, The MMA Corner has learned of news that validates his statement.
A source close to the situation has revealed that the upstart promotion is poised to acquire one of the biggest forces in regional MMA, Titan Fighting Championship. Titan FC has been operating since 2006, officially holding 24 events.
The deal is expected to be finalized prior to the upstart promotion’s fourth event which is slated for Friday, Nov. 2, at the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas. More details are expected to be announced in the coming weeks, but as part of the package, RFA will secure a much-needed television broadcast deal with AXS TV. It is anticipated that the Las Vegas event will be televised. The slot was originally supposed to be home to the Titan FC 26 card which never materialized.
In addition to the acquisition of Titan FC, RFA has been working closely with Sven Bean, owner of the Denver-based Ring of Fire promotion. Although rumors have circulated that ROF was also being acquired by RFA, Bean was quick to put those rumblings to bed.
“I have been working as a consultant for RFA since Ed [Soares] was named president,” Bean revealed. “I’ve been helping them with their production side of things while I work out the scheduling for the next Ring of Fire event. I’m actually going to be announcing a Ring of Fire event this week.”
Although ROF is still very much alive and kicking, Bean wasn’t going to to rule out a bigger relationship with RFA in the future. After 12 years of promoting in Denver and more than 40 events, Bean has been around long enough to never say never.
“If the offer were right, who knows what would happen. I’m open to everything,” Bean admitted. “But right now, that’s not the case. We have a great relationship with RFA and I wouldn’t rule out co-promotion or things like that in the future.”
With ROF as an ally and the expanded reach and roster of the Kansas City-based Titan, RFA may quickly outgrow its Kearney, Neb., roots. Having already hosted three events and with a fourth and fifth event already on deck, the promotion will continue to build on its premise of helping young talent and fallen stars work their way to the UFC. The promotion has already showcased the likes of Jens Pulver, Maurice Smith, Gilbert Yvel and Joe Stevenson and the promotion’s fourth installment will feature Tyson Griffin, Efrain Escudero and Fredson Paixao.
Stay tuned to The MMA Corner for more information as it becomes available.
Photo: Resurrection Fighting Alliance logo (rfafighting.com)