Resurrection Fighting Alliance 23 takes place Friday from Costa Mesa, Calif. and features two intriguing bantamweight prospects in the main event.

Joe Murphy takes on Terrion Ware in the evening’s headliner, both trying to put their names on the map when it comes to fighters to watch in MMA’s 135-pound division. Murphy has made a name for himself by being up for whatever challenge that awaits him in the cage. His opponent, Ware, has built a name for himself on bringing excitement to fights and being ready to go whenever a promoter need him. With the RFA being pipeline for UFC talent, both Murphy and Ware could have their ticket to the Octagon punched with impressive showing at RFA 23.

Also featured on the card was former Oklahoma State wrestling standout Jamal Parks, who is less than a month removed from a submission victory in Jan., and Parks looked to push his undefeated record to 6-0 against the dangerous Raoni Barcelos. In the co-main event, Joseph Henle and Gabriel Checco battled it out in the middleweight division, Checco was coming off his first career loss while Henle was looking to make it two consecutive victories since his own first career loss.

If you missed our What to Watch For article about RFA 23, check it out here.

Main Event Summary

The first bout of the evening featured a middleweight bout between Mike Jasper and Blake Troop. Troop came out and immediately looked to bring the fight to the ground which he did. Noticeably fatigued after a controlling first round Troop was dominated by Jasper who really opened up his striking. Troop started the third round again looking for the takedown but it was Jasper who got the inside trip and top position. From the top Jasper began unloading powerful shots and the referee stepped and stopped the bout.

The second bout of the evening featured a flyweight bout between Ron Henderson and Adam Antolin. The fight started with both men trying to find their range. After a brief stopped due to a low blow the action really picked up with Antolin landing some shots, picking up a couple of takedowns and peppering his opponent with short strikes. Antolin really took control of the bout in the second round. With crisp, accurate striking and relentless grappling exchanges Antolin gave Henderson all he could handle. Antolin continued to outclass Henderson in the third round eventually sinking in a nasty choke that put Henderson to sleep.

The third bout of the evening featured a women’s strawweight bout between Maria Rios and Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger. Rios and Jones-Lybarger wasted no time in taking the center of the cage to trade vicious strikes. After eating some big shots Rios took the fight to the ground where she took Jones-Lybarger’s back. Jones-Lybarger was in some trouble but she managed to reverse the position and finish the round in top position. Heading into the second round Rios’ right eye was nearly swollen shut and Jones-Lybarger really took advantage with clean technical striking. Rios was able to find her range a few times in the final round but Jones-Lybarger still controlled the exchanges and cruised to a unanimous decision victory.

The fourth bout of the evening featured a welterweight bout between Mikey Gomez and Dominic Waters. Both men came out swinging big, wild shots before Gomez secured the takedown. Waters would reverse the position and go on to spend the majority of the round in top position. After a brief exchange to start the second Waters went for the takedown and put Gomez on his back. After a stand up, another takedown and another standup the second round came to a close with Waters visibly fatigued. The third round saw some sloppy striking exchanges, a slip by Gomez and a takedown from Waters to maintained top position to secure a decision victory.

The fifth bout of the evening featured a featherweight bout between Jamal Parks and Raoni Barcelos. Parks and Barcelos came out fast and furious; after a few wild exchanges the fighters settled down but Barcelos was finding a home for many of his strikes. Midway through the opening round Barcelos landed a big shot on Parks and finished him with brutal ground and pound.

The co-main event of the evening featured a middleweight bout between Joseph Henle and Gabriel Checco. Henle and Checco quickly took the center of the cage and after some wild exchanges Checco caught Henle behind the ear and put him down. Checco finished the bout with punches from the top.

The main event of the evening featured a bantamweight bout between Joe Murphy and Terrion Ware. Not a whole lot of action in the first round with both fighter trying to feel one another out. When the two did mix it up Ware got the better of the exchanges. Round two saw a lot more action as Ware began to catch Murphy time and time again with crisp counter striker. Murphy was able to score a takedown but Ware was quickly back to his feet and back to picking Murphy apart. Round three started with Murphy taking the center of the cage and landing some big shots. After two rounds of not landing much Murphy really came to life in the third but it wasn’t enough as Ware took the fight on the judges’ scorecards.

Official Results

Main Event: Terrion Ware def Joe Murphy by Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Joseph Henle vs. Gabriel Checco def. Joseph Henle by TKO (punches). Round 1, 1:14

Raoni Barcelos def. Jamal Parks by KO (punches). Round 1, 2:31

Dominic Waters def. Mikey Gomez by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger def. Maria Rios by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Adam Antolin def. Ron Henderson by Submission (rear naked choke). Round 3, 4:06

Mike Jasper def. Blake Troop by TKO (punches). Round 3, 2:12

Christian Aguilera def. Tim Quiroga by TKO (punches). Round 1, 0:52

Dan Ige def. Ian Millan by Submission (rear naked choke). Round 1, 1:51

 

 

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