RFA 21 comes live this Friday, December 5, from Costa Mara, CA, with another excellent night of fights. The headliner features Zach Juusola challenging for the vacant RFA lightweight championship against Medhi Baghdad, with Bruno Frazatto taking on Joe Murphy in a co-headlining clash of two bantamweights.

The card also features prospects galore, as well as a number of MMA veterans who stand to make some noise on Friday night. Naturally, the RFA gives us plenty to watch for with this weekend’s event, outside of the headliner.

Sam Toomer
Say what you wish about the Xplode Fight Series and the legitimacy—or lack thereof—of its competitors, but undefeated featherweight prospect Toomer looks to lay all sounds of criticism to rest against Altair Alencar on Friday. Toomer comes off of a DQ win in his last RFA outing, and with Alencar coming off of a loss, Toomer will not get a walk through the park on this night, but being the best means always staying ready for hard fights.

Dale Sopi
For any other heavyweight prospect, the story of their fight might start with a mention of their name and end with the name of the person they’re fighting, but things take a turn when the prospect in question is an undefeated heavyweight like Sopi. His Friday night foe Chase Gormley is riding a three fight winning streak, but Sopi is a finisher who has only gone the distance twice and has earned a penchant for knockouts in his short time in the sport, something which he plans to display in full this weekend.

Joe Murphy vs. Bruno Frazatto
The co-main event is an intriguing stylistic battle, as well as an interesting battle of two bantamweights with one-loss records. Both Murphy and Frazatto love submissions, and while neither man likes going the distance, neither man is against taking a decision win against a durable foe. Every fight features one x factor, and this fight’s x factor may come in the striking realm, an area for which neither man is especially known, but with both being proficient in grappling, those similarities could cause much of this bout to transpire on the feet.

Zach Juusola vs. Medhi Baghdad
By now, we know that winning an RFA contract essentially guarantees a fighter will appear on the UFC’s radar. Baghdad, a training partner of Anderson Silva at times, knew how big this bout was when he originally signed on to face JJ Ambrose, but everything anted up when Ambrose had to withdraw and Juusola stepped in. Now with a wrestler in Juusola, who also carries a wide variety of other techniques in his arsenal, the road to the lightweight gold becomes a bit more of a climb for Baghdad, though the allure of the gold and the potential call to the UFC can always motivate a man in 1,001 different ways.

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Dale De Souza
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Dale De Souza is a 22-year-old kid straight out of Texas, who grew up around Professional Wrestling but embraced the beauty of Mixed Martial Arts and Combat Sports at a young age. Dale is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report MMA, a writer at The MMA Corner.