On Friday, April 11, Resurrection Fighting Alliance hosted its 14th event from the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center in Cheyenne, Wyo.

The night’s main event featured a flyweight title bout between Matt Manzanares and Brazilian Junior Maranhão.

Manzanares, a Wyoming native, got his second crack at RFA gold at the event. The flyweight was last in action at RFA 11 in November where he fell short against current UFC combatant Zach Makovsky. The loss snapped a two-fight winning streak inside the RFA cage for Manzanares. It also marked the first time that the former Junior Olympian boxer had gone five rounds in his MMA career.

For Maranhão, the title fight marked the first time he’s competed outside of his native Brazil. The Guarujá native was riding a six-fight winning streak with all six victories coming by stoppage. Fighting out of Bronx’s Gold Gym, the 21-year-old last tasted defeat since 2011.

Also on the main card, the promotion determined a No. 1 contender for its featherweight strap as Mark Dickman took on Raoni Barcelos.

The event featured a total of 10 bouts. The night’s action kicked off with three amateur contests and was followed by seven professional fights. The main card aired live on AXS TV starting at 10 p.m. ET.

Manzanares outworks Maranhão to claim title

Fighting in his hometown, flyweight Matt Manzanares eked out a split decision win over Brazilian Junior Maranhão and claimed the vacant RFA flyweight title. The Brazilian used his significant height and reach advantage early in the fight to keep Manzanares at bay. As the fight progressed, Manzanares found his range and was able to score with body shots. Maranhão threatened from his back with multiple armbar attempts, but Manzanares was able to escape. Late in round four, Manzanares found himself on his back and locked up a deep triangle choke. Maranhão survived the round, but nearly passed out on his stool. Manzanares continued to score with his hands in the final round and claimed the fight on the scorecards.

Dickman scores big comeback win over Barcelos

Mark Dickman survived a tough first round to submit previously unbeaten Raoni Barcelos via rear-naked choke. The Brazilian Barcelos came out aggressive and prevented Dickman from dragging the fight to the ground. He fended off numerous takedowns from Dickman and peppered him with strikes. Dickman survived the round and came out desperate for a takedown in the second frame. Once he got it, the tides turned. He took Barcelos’ back and flattened him out. After softening him up with strikes, he sunk in the fight-finishing rear-naked choke.

Voth grinds his way to No. 1 contender status

Flyweight Tyler Voth staked claim to the title of No. 1 contender, earning a unanimous decision over Jeimeson Saudino in hard-fought affair. The Brazilian Saudino was the aggressor throughout, but he struggled to get the fight to the mat. Voth, however, was able to take the fight to the ground on multiple occasions. The grinding bout was close throughout, but in the end, the judges rewarded Voth for his efforts.

Jouban crushes Montoya

Former RFA welterweight title challenger Alan Jouban scored a violent, second-round finish of Colorado’s Amando Montoya Jr. Jouban scored with heavy kicks in the opening stanza, but Montoya was able to drag the fight to the mat. Jouban attacked from his back to secure the opening frame. In round two, Montoya again took the fight to the mat, but Jouban was able to work back to his feet. Once there, he delivered a huge head kick that hurt Montoya. He followed with knees to the body and a pair of left hands that ended Montoya’s night.

Aguiar takes home Toner’s leg

Brazilian featherweight Daniel Aguiar wasted little time making his mark in the RFA cage, submitting UFC veteran Tyler Toner in just 29 seconds via heel hook. Aguiar quickly closed the distance, latched onto Toner’s right leg and forced a tap.

Jones-Lybarger batters very game Acevedo

Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger used her striking to best Rosa Acevedo in a women’s 120-pound catchweight. The first round saw the women engage in wild scrambles on the ground, with both fighters looking for submission attempts. But, in the final rounds, Jones-Lybarger put her reach and her superior striking to use, frequently snapping Acevedo’s head back en route to the unanimous decision win.

Ingram finishes Smith

In a bantamweight bout, Scott Ingram battered Joshua Smith to earn a first-round knockout win. Ingram rocked Smith early in the fight, but Smith survived to take Ingram’s back. Ingram escaped and mounted Smith. From the mount, he unleashed a barrage of punches, forcing the referee to intervene.

FULL RESULTS
Matt Manzanares def. Junior Maranhão by split decision (49-46, 50-45, 47-48) – for flyweight title
Mark Dickman def. Raoni Barcelos by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 2:06 – featherweight No. 1 contender bout
Tyler Voth def. Jeimeson Saudino by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) –  flyweight No. 1 contender bout
Alan Jouban def. Amando Montoya Jr. by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 3:33
Daniel Aguiar def. Tyler Toner by submission (heel hook). Round 1, 0:29
Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger def. Rosa Acevedo by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Scott Ingram def. Joshua Smith by knockout (punches). Round 1, 4:35
Andrew Kauppila def. Zach Hare by TKO (punches). Round 3, 0:21 (a)
Enrique Torres def. Sonny Yohn by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 2:08 (a)
Joe Guerrero def. George Martinez by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 2:01 (a)

(a) – denotes amateur bout