Resurrection Fighting Alliance came with another must-see card on Friday night, Aug. 7, as RFA 28 came live from Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis, MO, with the main card airing at 10PM ET as part of AXS TV’s “Friday Night Fights”

Andrew Sanchez found himself in a familiar spot, as he challenged for a vacant RFA middleweight title, but on the heels of a second-round TKO over Clinton Williams, the opposition for him came in the form of a hungry John Poppie. Poppie made his pro debut against Sanchez, and much like the former title challenger, the 25 year-old came in with a knack for finishing fights, as well as an efficient wrestling acumen.

The co-main event underwent a change when Ken Porter’s original opponent, Geane Herrera, signed with the UFC, but On this night, he faced a much more difficult task in the form of former RFA flyweight champion Matt Manzanares. While Porter rode a four-fight winning streak, Manzanares looked to break a three-fight skid.


Travis Draper served as a late addition to the night’s main card, and he aimed to deliver big in his bout with Joe Valadez. Valadez didn’t make it easy for Draper, as he made for a back and forth opening frame, and showed a lot of heart despite nearly getting submitted a number of times. Still, in the end, Draper’s efforts made for what was a wild and exciting opener to the main card, and although the bout went to a split verdict, Draper’s dominance down the stretch of the last two rounds helped sway the decision in his favor.

Adam Osmoe received many comparisons to UFC legend Matt Hughes in terms of his physique, but he showed some of the skills of a prime Hughes in his bout with Jimmy Donahue. The bout would see Osmoe take the bout to the ground with a few slams, but while Osmoe could have grinder out a win, he instead elected to pull a page out of the playbook of the former two-time UFC welterweight champion, sinking in both hooks when he took Donahue’s back against the cage before locking up a rear naked choke, after which came the inevitable tap.

Jake Roberts got things going from the onset of his bout with Chuka Willis, and never seemed to flip an off-switch. The bout spent plenty of time with both men clinching early on and Roberts getting the better end of exchanges. As the fight went on and Roberts output increased, Willis began to slow down noticeably, and although he did last until the final seconds of the final round, Roberts’ offense were too much for Eillis to overcome, and it earned Roberts a well-earned unanimous decision victory.

Thiago Moises worked hard throughout the first round of his bout with Javon Wright, and he knew that he wanted to eventually get this bout to the ground for a finish, just as he had done in two of his previous five pro bouts. In the second round, Moises found his opening to take the back and lock up a rear naked choke, and proceeded to lock it up without haste. Wright tried holding on, but one tap was all the ref needed to see before intervening and halting the bout.

Flyweight bouts are mostly known for movement, and Ken Porter’s co-headlining bout with Matt Manzanares was no exception. Early on, neither man threw many shots, which made for a close first couple of rounds. Manzanares, to his credit, got inside nicely and landed a stiff jab in the first round, but the difference came when Porter not only scored a takedown on Manzanares, but also made the bout a bloody affair. The three-round tilt proved a nightmare to score, but Porter’s willingness to turn the bout into a brutal affair in the later part of the round earned him the better end of the judges’ call.

An action-packed first round set things in motion for what Andrew Sanchez had in store for John Poppie. Throughout the second round, Sanchez would capitalize after cutting his foe open with a brutal diet of shots and landing heavy leather on Poppie at every turn, but Poppie was willing to fight on. His heart never wavered, but ultimately, he found himself physically unable to defend Sanchez’s onslaught, as it only took Sanchez almost two minutes of the third frame to claim the win, as well as the RFA middleweight championship.

Full Results

  • Andrew Sanchez def. John Poppie by TKO (strikes). Round 3, 1:53 – for vacant RFA middleweight title
  • Ken Porter def. Matt Manzanares by split decision (30-27 28-29 29-28)
  • Thiago Moises def. Javon Wright by submission (rear naked choke). Round 2, 2:10
  • Jake Roberts def. Chuka Willis by unanimous decision (29-28 30-27 30-27)
  • Adam Osmoe def. Jimmy Donahue by submission (rear naked choke). Round 1, 3:27
  • Travis Draper def. Joe Valadez by split decision (29-28 28-29 30-27)

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Dale De Souza
Staff Writer

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.