On Friday, April 10, 2015, the RFA heads to Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D., for RFA 25: Lawrence vs. Toomer.

Over the past couple of years the RFA has become the premier developmental league in MMA and they continually send fighters to the UFC. That alone should be reason enough for fans to tune in and watch, but if you need some specifics as to why RFA 25 is “Must See” TV, here you go.

Someone’s “O” Has to Go

One of the most intriguing bouts on the main card is a lightweight tilt between LaRue Burley and T.J. Hepburn. Both fighters are undefeated and both would love the opportunity to take on Mehdi Baghdad for the RFA lightweight title.
A former NCAA Division II national wrestling champion, Hepburn is a tremendous athlete with a lot of potential. But while Burley doesn’t have the amateur athletic pedigree, he did TKO former NCAA Division I national wrestling champion Bubba Jenkins in the third round at Bellator 100.

A Middleweight Champion Will Be Crowned

After failing to claim the middleweight title at RFA 19, Gabriel Checco is back and ready to earn the belt this time around. Hoping to crush Checco’s dream this time around is grappling specialist Francisco France. Don’t expect this fight to go the distance as both Checco and France are known for their ability to finish.

Featherweight Title Fight

In the main event of the evening, RFA featherweight champion Justin Lawrence puts his title on the line against undefeated Sam Toomer. After showing a lot of promise on The Ultimate Fighter and in his first bout with the UFC, but after back-to-back loses by way of stoppage, Lawrence was released from the promotion. Lawrence is now climbing his way back to the top and he was able to claim the RFA featherweight belt in his last outing. Toomer is a tough fighter who has yet to lose, but Lawrence is hungry to prove the UFC made a mistake by releasing him.

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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.