On Friday, April 10, Resurrection Fighting Alliance touched down in Sioux Fall, South Dakota to bring fight fans RFA 25 live from the Sanford Pentagon

Appearing in the headlining act UFC veteran Justin Lawrence put his featherweight title on the line against the undefeated Sam Toomer.

Lawrence (6-2) was last seen earning the vacant RFA title with dominant decision over Mark Dickman in August. This extended his win streak to two straight, both of which came under the RFA banner. Prior to this string of success, ‘The American Kid’ suffered back-to-back stoppage losses to Daniel Pineda and Max Holloway under the UFC banner, prompting the prmotion to cut ties with the 24-year-old. His opponent Toomer (9-0) earned his shot at the belt after picking up back-to-back wins under the RFA banner with his most recent being a majority decision over Altair Alencar in December

Appearing in the co-main event Gabriel Checco and Francisco France met in a middleweight affair to determine RFA’s 185-pound champion.

Checco (8-1) entered this bout coming off a third round TKO over Joseph Henle in February. Prior to this win, ‘Zangief’ suffered the first loss of his career to current UFC middleweight Jake Collier. France (11-3) looked to improve on his five fight unbeaten streak, which included two straight under the RFA banner.

The recap from the card along with the results from the prelims can be found below.

Main Card Summary

In the co-main event Checco and France battled it out for the vacant RFA middleweight championship. France looked to take the fight to the ground early in the first and once he put Checco on his back he kept him there for the majority of the round. France methodically looked to advance eventually taking the back of Checco. Checco was able to get back to his feet late in the round but couldn’t put together any offense..

The second round began with Checco looking to land some shots but again France put him on his back. France was suffocating on the top; landing ground and pound while constantly looking to advance. Checco tried to attack the legs but France was able to defend and he continued to utterly control Checco on the ground.

To open the third round it was Checco looking to take the fight to mat. But yet again it was France who secured top position. France continued to control the action from the top but he did lose the position late in the round. Checco landed a few shots from the top but nothing of substance.

Looking utterly exhausted Checco was again pressed against the cage by France. Checco put up a struggle but France eventually put Checco on his back once again. Both fighters were visually spent at this point in the bout due to the constant grappling but France continued to push to improve his position.

The fifth and final round got underway with Checco stalking France but again France was able to put Checco on the mat. The crowd let the fighters hear their disapproval but France continued to grind away. After a stand up due to limited action on the ground Checco began finding a home for his strikes. Checco started to really land some nice strikes but France was able neutralize Checco’s attacks on the cage running out the clock in route to a decision victory.

In the main event of the evening Lawrence put his title on the line against Toomer. Early on Toomer looked to establish the distance by utilizing a long jab and front kicks. Lawrence was able to close the distance and took the fight to the ground capitalizing on a Toomer kick.

Toomer was able to wall walk and get the fight back to the feet but that where Lawrence really took control. After landing some nice punches Lawrence folded Toomer with a vicious knee to the body. From there Lawrence unloaded with a barrage of strikes to end the bout and retain his title.


Main Card

Justin Lawrence def. Sam Toomer by TKO (punches). Round 1, 4:55 – For RFA featherweight title

Francisco France def. Gabriel Checco by Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) – For vacant RFA middleweight title

Geane Herrera def. Josh Rave by TKO (punches). Round 1, 4:09

Jordon Larson def. Jarrod L’Heureux by TKO (doctor stoppage). Round 2, 5:00

LaRue Burley def. T.J. Hepburn by Submission (guillotine choke). Round 1, 3:49

Khalil Rountree def. Cameron Oleson by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Prelims – Untelevised

Devin Clark def. Jaquis Williams by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Matt Lopez def. Devin Turner by Submission (rear naked choke). Round 1, 2:46

Bryce Logan def. Matt Benz by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)



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