Resurrection Fighting Alliance comes to Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, CO. this weekend with RFA 22: Njokuani vs. Smith. The main event, featuring Chidi Njokuani against Gilbert Smith, holds special significance, as the vacant RFA welterweight title hangs in the balance. The co-main event sees “Tricky” Mark Dickman back in the RFA cage opposite former KOTC world champion Donald Sanchez.

The RFA looks to start 2015 at the top of their game and grow from there, just as they had done in 2014 and 2013. With all that being out in the open, what will we have to watch for this weekend?

Joe Guerrero

We usually take note of the preliminary portion of every RFA card by acknowledging the various prospects that will compete right up until the main card airs on AXS TV, but Joe Guerrero stands out in particular. Guerrero is a young amateur who got his start in the sport through the RFA, and aside from one outing in the Prize Fighting Championship, he has been a part of the promotion ever since, despite scoring his first amateur loss in his first RFA bout. Now riding a four-fight winning streak, Guerrero faces newcomer Jamie Hernandez, who comes in looking to impress in his own amateur debut.

Musgrave vs. Robinson

A total of 39 fights exist between Ricky Musgrave and Alvin Robinson, both of whom will square off against each other this weekend. Both men carry themselves at the same height, but while Musgrave pushes hard for three rounds more often than Robinson, Robinson uses his grappling to finish his opponents at every opportunity. With three rounds of action and no way of knowing for sure who will prevail on fight night, everything rides on one man proving more superior everywhere, even if they do excel at one specific aspect of the game.

Sanchez vs. Dickman

Men like Mark Dickman don’t come into the sport every day, and they certainly do not draw men like former KOTC featherweight champion Donald Sanchez when they come in. Dickman will face a tough challenge, coming off of his difficult loss to Justin Lawrence, but of course he wouldn’t have it any other way, as Dickman is a man who only says “yes” to the best of the best. Sanchez, in contrast, debuts in the RFA on the strength of an October win inside of the Legacy FC promotion, and he aims to bring another hard-hitting performance with him once that cage door closes against one of the sport’s more unsung talents.

The main event

Winning while part of a promotion that will air as part of AXS TV Fights is good on its own, but winning an RFA title on an AXS TV Fights broadcast holds major weight, as everyone who has ever won an RFA title has gone on to sign with the UFC almost immediately afterwards.
Gilbert Smith, veteran of The Ultimate Fighter 17, knows the feeling of fighting for the UFC because he has done it before, and he wants to do it again. Unfortunately for Smith, Chidi Njokuani, the brother of UFC and WEC veteran Anthony Njokuani, stands in his way. Both men will carry two-fight winning streaks with them into the cage, but with five rounds of action scheduled to take place, Smith looking to get back to the UFC, and “Chidi Bang Bang” looking to finally punch his ticket into the promotion, the world will finally see which of these two standout welterweights possesses the necessary tools it takes to reach that next level of competition that only the world’s premier MMA league can give them.

 

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