After a journey to the “fight capital of the world” Las Vegas, Resurrection Fighting Alliance returned to its roots in Kearney, Neb., at the Viaero Event Center on Nov. 30.

Headlining a six-bout main card was Jared Downing vs. Jordan Rinaldi for the RFA featherweight title. Rinaldi came in undefeated at 6-0, with Downing winning his last two bouts, so something had to give on Friday night. Also, WEC veteran and winner of five fights in a row James Krause stepped in on short notice to take on veteran Joe Jordan in the co-main event.

Another six fights took place on the main card, along with five preliminary bouts before the main card kicked off at 10 p.m. ET on AXS TV.

Downing defeats Rinaldi for the featherweight strap

Jared Downing came into the title fight as the slight underdog, but dominated his opponent Jordan Rinaldi to claim the RFA featherweight title by unanimous decision.

Downing came out quickly without a glove touch and hurt Rinaldi seconds into the fight, but Rinaldi took the shots and looked for a submission from the bottom. Rinaldi returned to his feet, but Downing was the aggressor and got off more shots, which led to another takedown. Downing gave his back up to Rinaldi though late, as the round ended.

To open round two, Rinaldi counter punched very well as Downing came forward. Downing slowed down in the round that opened the door for Rinaldi to keep his striking going. Downing took Rinaldi down again, but didn’t work on top, giving Rinaldi the opportunity to possibly even up the scorecards.

The fight immediately went to the ground to start the third round, with both men battling for position. Downing would be the one to stay on top for much of the round, as the fight went to the championship rounds.

Once again, Downing landed a takedown, and stayed on top until the referee stood them up with one minute remaining. But Rinaldi was taken down again by Downing as the final round approached.

Rinaldi needed to get a finish to win the fight, but was controlled for five minutes by Downing as Rinaldi was unable to lock up a submission from the bottom.

All three judges scored the bout the same, 49-46, allowing Downing to have the belt placed around his waist.

Krause issues statement to the UFC

After fighting just two weeks ago, James Krause took a short notice fight with veteran Joe Jordan, but made things look easy by submitting Jordan in round three.

All of round one took place on the feet, as Krause looked to get a feel for his veteran opponent. Jordan wasn’t as aggressive as Krause, which led to Krause earning round one by working his jabs and kicks.

Jordan came out in round two with more urgency, but the length of Krause was the key as the Grindhouse fighter landed several strikes on “Porkchop”. Two dominant rounds were turned in by Krause as the third round approached.

Jordan had to go for broke in the third, and while trying to get a takedown, Krause dropped down for a guillotine, held on tight, and forced Jordan to tap.

In his post-fight interview, Krause stated, “Joe Silva, give me a call sometime buddy.” Silva, being the UFC matchmaker, certainly has his eyes on Krause to fight for the UFC.

Bektic decisions Jenkins

Doug Jenkins came into the bout on 10 days notice, but Mirsad Bektic wasn’t going to allow an upset to happen by earning a unanimous decision win.

Bektic came out very quickly by pressuring Jenkins, then easily took his opponent to the ground. After grappling for most of the round, Jenkins got out and hurt Bektic with his hands standing. But the American Top Team fighter Bektic brought the fight back to the ground until the round ended.

Once again, Bektic came forward, landed with his punches, then put Jenkins on his back. Bektic switched to different dominant positions, busting open the South Dakota native, but Jenkins didn’t back down and returned to his feet with seconds remaining in the round.

Just like the previous rounds, Bektic wanted the fight on the mat and took it there. Another dominant round was put in by the 21-year-old as the fight ended.

Munhoz submits Kamery via heel hook

Pedro Munhoz and Bill Kamery went to war on the main card, with Munhoz submitting Kamery in the first round.

The two bantamweights battled for position on the ground, but returned to their feet to exchange strikes. Kamery decided to take the fight to the ground again, but from the bottom, Munhoz locked up a heel hook submission to force Kamery to tap.

The Brazilian Munhoz improves to 7-0 with another submission victory.

Usman impresses in pro debut against Glover

David Glover and Kamaru Usman made their professional debuts on Friday, with Kamaru defeating Glover by TKO in round two.

After getting comfortable inside the RFA cage, Kamaru landed a takedown, but Glover was able to return to his feet quickly. Kamaru was more aggressive coming forward, and landed another takedown in the opening round. But once again, Glover reversed it and returned to his feet.

Kamaru continued to push the pace, but landed a knee to the groin that caused a break in the action. Even with the break, the Blackzilian fighter landed several strikes before taking the fight to the mat once again. Kamaru was able to mount Glover, but wasn’t able to finish as Glover escaped. However, when the two returned to their feet, Kamaru let his hands go as Glover kept taking them until the referee stopped the fight.

Manzanares makes quick work of Gray

To kick off the main card on AXS TV, Matt Manzanares made quick work on Kevin Gray by TKO early in the first round.

Manzanares landed a brutal knee to the body, which hurt Gray as he fell to the floor. After a couple of punches from the top, the referee was forced to stop the fight.

With the win, Manzanares improved to 5-1 in his professional career.

FULL RESULTS
Jared Downing def. Jordan Rinaldi by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
James Krause def. Joe Jordan by submission (guillotine choke). Round 3, 0:19
Mirsad Bektic def. Doug Jenkins by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Pedro Munhoz def. Bill Kamery by submission (heel hook). Round 1, 2:27
Kamaru Usman def. David Glover by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 4:50
Matt Manzanares def. Kevin Gray by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 0:48
Derek Bohi def. Tony Rodriguez by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 0:43
Jett Jones def. Enrique Torres by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jordan Sanford def. Jesus Sandoval by TKO (punches). Round 1, 2:34
Richard Barajas def. Eric Shelton by unanimous decision
Josh Smith def. Ryan MacDonald by TKO (punches). Round 3, 0:46
Kenny Navas def. David Allen by submission (kimura).

Photo: Jared Downing (right) stares down Jordan Rinaldi (Facebook)

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