Resurrection Fighting Alliance traveled to the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo., on Jan. 18 to host RFA 6: Krause vs. Imada 2, live on AXS TV beginning at 10 p.m. ET.

The main event featured a rematch from April 15, 2010 at Bellator 14. On that date, Toby Imada submitted James Krause in the second round, and ever since, Krause has wanted that fight back. On Friday, Krause got his chance to redeem himself with UFC contract offers on the horizon if he could win against Imada.

Another seven professional bouts took place on the card, including Brock Larson squaring off with Eduardo Pamplona, and three amateur fights rounded out the event.

Krause dominates Imada

In the main event of the evening, James Krause earned a decisive unanimous decision over Toby Imada in the rematch between the two lightweights.

The key to the fight was the length of Krause. The WEC veteran used his jab to keep Imada on the outside for the entire fight. Imada was unable to put anything together, as the hometown fighter Krause picked apart Imada on the feet. Krause didn’t throw many heavy shots, instead opting for a game plan to jab and keep his opponent at bay.

The plan turned out to be a success, as all three judges scored the bout 30-27 for Krause.

Krause will now take some time off, and he is all but UFC bound after yet another win under his belt.

Larson pulls out decision over Pamplona

In the co-main event, veteran Brock Larson took on Brazilian Eduardo Pamplona in a close fight that would go the 15-minute distance.

Larson came out quickly and put Pamplona on his back. Pamplona returned to his feet, but Larson was the aggressor early in the fight, though Pamplona made the round a very close one to score.

The veteran Larson took the fight to the ground again in the second frame, but it was Pamplona who did more damage on the ground by landing elbows from the bottom. However, Larson controlled the round by staying on top and landing some solid shots late in the round.

After two close rounds, the fight was possibly up for grabs in the third and final stanza. Both men battled for position, with Pamplona taking top position over a fatigued Larson. From there, Pamplona grinded out Larson until the bout ended.

All three judges scored the bout 29-28 for the winner by unanimous decision, Brock Larson.

Croom makes quick work of Davidson

Kevin Croom and Brian Davidson fought back in 2010 under the Bellator banner, with Croom winning that contest by submission. In the rematch, Croom put on an even better display by knocking out Davidson in just 42 seconds.

Seconds into the fight, Croom landed a straight punch that dropped Davidson. Croom immediately pounced on his opponent to force a stoppage.

After his first RFA win, Croom was beaming with excitement as his hand was raised.

Ortiz edges out Ely

Flyweights went to war on the main card, as Dustin Ortiz and Aaron Ely fought to a very close split decision.

Ely came out with a standing choke attempt that appeared to be firm, but Ortiz escaped and the two began to strike. Ely then took the fight to the mat and worked for a rear-naked choke with both hooks in. Ely then landed a flurry of punches, but Ortiz was able to survive until the horn sounded.

Ortiz tried to get his hands going in the second, but once again Ely landed a takedown. Ely remained on top for most of the round. Ortiz escaped and land some solid jabs, only to be taken down yet again.

Ortiz worked in the third to reverse the position of Ely on the mat and landed shots while on top to score points. The two went back to boxing, then scrambled on the ground, fighting for much-needed position. Ortiz gained top position and worked for a finish, but ran out of time.

In a controversial decision, Ortiz took the victory on two judges’ scorecards.

Cochrane finishes Ribeiro late in round three

One of the original RFA fighters, Dakota Cochrane, added another win to his record with a finish of Deivison Ribeiro.

The fight didn’t start off well, as Cochrane landed two accidental low blows to Ribeiro, but no points were deducted. A frustrated Cochrane went on to take the Brazilian down, but Ribeiro was able to sweep and return to his feet. Ribeiro turned the tables by taking Cochrane’s back, but was unable to get a rear-naked choke locked up.

Regardless, Ribeiro won the first round, but Cochrane shifted momentum in round two by taking down Ribeiro. Cochrane looked for an arm triangle, but settled for staying on top and clearly won the round.

Cochrane came forward quickly to start the third and tossed Ribeiro on his back in the opening seconds. From there, Cochrane moved from position to position until finally mounting his opponent. After a dominant display on top of Ribeiro, Cochrane earned the finish with the referee forced to call an end to the fight.

Cochrane improves his record to 14-3, including three straight wins inside the RFA cage.

Dickman TKOs Derrow

Mark Dickman hoped to improve his RFA record above the .500 mark, and he did so by earning a TKO victory over Aaron Derrow in the second round of their fight.

Right from the start, Dickman came forward looking for a takedown, but he was stuffed by Derrow. After an illegal knee to his downed opponent, Dickman was forced to break away before working for another takedown. This time, Dickman got the takedown and looked to capitalize from the top.

Dickman mirrored his plan in the second by once again taking Derrow to the mat. Dickman transitioned to Derrow’s back, flattened him out and was able to force the referee to stop the bout due to strikes at 4:35 of round two.

Cooper decisions Compton

To kick off the main card on AXS TV, Bobby Cooper earned his first win in the RFA cage against Nick Compton.

The two lightweights came in looking to make a statement to those watching at home, and they wasted no time in letting their fists fly. Cooper appeared to be the one with better striking, which earned him round one on the scorecards.

Cooper continued his momentum in the second round by clinching with Compton on the cage before taking his opponent down. By staying on top for the majority of the round, Cooper was able to move up two rounds to none on the scorecards after ten minutes.

Compton had to go for broke in the final round, but he wasn’t able to put anything together as Cooper continued to pick apart Compton on the feet.

All three judges scored the bout 30-27, giving Cooper the unanimous decision win.

FULL RESULTS
James Krause def. Toby Imada by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Brock Larson def. Eduardo Pamplona by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Kevin Croom def. Brian Davidson by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 0:42
Dustin Ortiz def. Aaron Ely by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Dakota Cochrane def. Deivison Ribeiro by TKO (strikes). Round 3, 4:32
Mark Dickman def. Aaron Derrow by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 4:35
Bobby Cooper def. Nick Compton by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Cody Peterson def. Tyler Stokes by submission (armbar). Round 2, 2:06
Trey Johnson def. Marques Jackson by TKO (strikes). Round 3, 0:57
Michael Waverek def. Dusty Spaulding by submission (triangle choke). Round 2, 2:04
Matt Waters def. Joey Estrada by submission (triangle choke). Round 2, 2:45

Photo: James Krause (L) (Jeff Vulgamore/The MMA Corner)

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  • bryan

    Ely should have won on all three judges cards. This was a BS. Win for Ortiz.

  • Robby C.

    Ely getting robbed AGAIN was a dagger through the heart. Landing with RFA was the ultimate curse for this kid.

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  • Homerplata

    WOW! What a horrible decision in favor of Ortiz. The kid worked hard, but he clearly lost every round.