On Friday, Nov. 22, Resurrection Fighting Alliance returned to the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colo. for its 11th event.

In the night’s main event, the promotion’s vacant flyweight title was up for grabs as Matt Manzanares battled former Bellator bantamweight kingpin Zach Makovsky. Manzanares looked to earn his third straight win, having submitted Steve Swanson at RFA 9 via second-round armbar and knocking out Kevin Gray in just 48 seconds at RFA 5. Makovsky, meanwhile, made his promotional debut on the heels of a unanimous decision win over fellow Bellator alum Claudio Ledesma in May.

The night’s co-main event featured a featherweight clash between UFC veteran Tyler Toner and undefeated Brazilian Raoni Barcelos. The match-up was put together at the last-minute as both fighters’ original opponents, Tommy Thompson and Alvin Robinson, respectively, were forced off the card. The Colorado native Toner got back in the win column in February with a second-round stoppage of Cody Carrillo. For Barcelos, the bout marked not only his promotional debut, but his first contest outside his native Brazil.

AXS TV broadcast the night’s six-fight main card beginning at 10 p.m. ET. The four-fight undercard, which was split between one professional bout and three amateur contests, went un-aired.

Makovsky too much for Manzanares, claims vacant flyweight title

Former Bellator bantamweight champion Zach Makovsky continued to find success in his new weight class, claiming the vacant RFA flyweight title with a lopsided decision win over Matt Manzanares.

The fighters spent the opening minute of the fight looking to find their range. Makovsky scored with a takedown, but struggled to keep Manzanares on the ground initially, but eventually passed to the mount. Makovsky set up a deep arm-triangle choke, but Manzanares managed to escape and survive the round.

Makovsky wasted little time bringing the fight back the mat in round two. As Manzanares scrambled, Makovsky took his back and worked for a rear-naked choke. Manzanares spun out of the submission attempt and into Makovsky’s guard. Makovsky slapped on a triangle choke from his back, but Manzanares escaped and returned to his feet as the round came to a close.

The third stanza opened with a spinning backfist from Makosky that led to another takedown. He rained short shots from inside the guard of Manzanares before passing to side control. Manzanares worked back to his feet only to have Makovsky take him back down and take his back. Makovsky rolled to the mount and teed off, forcing Manzanares to give up his back again. The pair jostled for top position as the round ended.

Round four began with the longest striking exchange of the fight as both fighters landed with their strikes. However, it would not last as Makovsky latched onto a single-leg takedown and took Manzanares’ back. He would keep Manzanares pinned to the mat for the remainder of the frame.

In the final round it was more of the same. Makovsky went to his bread and butter, putting Manzanares on the canvas with a single-leg takedown. He passed to side control and dropped heavy shots. Manzanares had no answer for Makovsky’s stifling top control.

There were no surprises on the scorecards as Makovsky took a clean sweep from all three judges.

Barcelos dominates Toner

Brazilian featherweight Raoni Barcelos kept his perfect record intact with a dominant performance against UFC veteran Tyler Toner.

Barcelos quickly brought the fight to the mat and landed in side control. Toner prevented the Brazilian from passing to the mount, but gave up his back in a scramble. A blow to the back of Toner’s head prompted the referee to return the fight to standing. It wouldn’t last as Barcelos put Toner on his back once again and remained in the top position until the end of the frame.

Round two began with the pair trading leg kicks. Barcelos shot for a takedown and planted Toner on his back. The Brazilian rained elbows from side control before transitioning to a kimura attempt. Toner escaped and briefly returned to his feet, but Barcelos dragged the fight back to the canvas. Barcelos managed to move the mount in the final minute of the round, but Toner was able to survive.

The pair exchanged punches to kick off the final round. Toner looked for a head kick, but Barcelos blocked it. Toner threw a big knee, but Barcelos caught it and took him down. The referee stood the fighters up, but Barcelos connected with a left hook that sent Toner crashing to the ground. Barcelos looked for the finish, but Toner survived. The Brazilian would maintain top position until the final bell.

When the scorecards were revealed, it was no surprise that Barcelos took every round on all three scorecards.

Rota bests Lopez

Brazilian middleweight Lucas Rota survived a first-round assault from Vinnie Lopez and scored a second-round knockout win.

Lopez scored early and often with lead left hook. Rota was sent backwards on multiple occasions as Lopez marched forward. In the waning seconds of the first frame, Lopez delivered a big shot that sent Rota to the canvas. Lopez flurried for the finish, but it didn’t come.

In round two, the tables turned. Rota connected with a big right hand that sent Lopez to the canvas along the cage. A barrage of punches led referee Tom Johnson to halt the bout.

Machida knocks out Wood

In a featherweight affair, Chinzô Machida, older brother of former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, scored a violent, first-round knockout of Brian Wood.

The Brazilian Machida stalked Wood early in the contest, landing multiple body kicks. Wood got in deep on multiple single-leg takedown attempts but struggled to bring the fight to the mat. In the waning seconds of first stanza, Wood shot for a takedown but crashed face-first into a knee strike from Machida that put him out cold.

Sanchez batters Meredith

Middleweight Andrew Sanchez wasted little time picking up his first win inside the RFA cage, battering Todd Meredith.

Sanchez took Meredith down early in the opening frame and quickly passed to mount. Meredith rolled to his back and Sanchez pounded away from the dominant position. The onslaught continued as Sanchez transitioned back to mount and the referee was forced to waive off the bout.

Ingram edges Mainus

Kicking off the televised portion of the event, bantamweights Scott Ingram and Danny Mainus put on exciting performance with Ingram edging Mainus via split decision. Mainus scored early with his takedowns, but was forced to defend an active guard from Ingram. Ingram threw heavy leather throughout, clipping Mainus on multiple occasions. Ingram’s heavy shots were the difference on the scorecards, as two of the judges at cageside awarded him the fight.

FULL RESULTS
Zach Makovsky def. Matt Manzanares by unanimous decision (50-45 x3) – for vacant flyweight title
Raoni Barcelos def. Tyler Toner by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Lucas Rota def. Vinnie Lopez by knockout (punches). Round 2, 0:33
Chinzô Machida def. Brian Wood by knockout (knee). Round 1, 4:53
Andrew Sanchez def. Todd Meredith by TKO (punches). Round 1, 1:51
Scott Ingram def. Danny Mainus by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Carlos Huerta def. Keo Panyathong by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 0:53
Heather Sachleben-Denny def. Rebecca Wells by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) (a)
Sonny Yohn def. Cordaro Ware by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 1:23 (a)
Joe Espinoza def. Joe Guerrero by unanimous decision (29-28 x3) (a)

Photo: RFA Flyweight Champion Zach Makovsky (Phil Lambert/The MMA Corner)