On Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, the RFA heads to the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D., for RFA 29: USA vs. Brazil where a team of top American prospects will battle it out with top Brazilian prospects.

To make things more interesting, the two teams will be led by honorary coaches. Reigning UFC welterweight champion, Robbie Lawler, will serve as the coach for Team USA and former UFC light heavyweight champion and current middleweight contender, Lyoto Machida, will lead Team Brazil.

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 29 is “Must See” TV here you go.

Top Young Talent

First and foremost, the reason to watch any RFA event is to see the young talent. The RFA has a strong history of developing talent and sending them off to larger organizations; namely the UFC. Every RFA card is filled with some of the best and brightest future stars MMA has to offer. This is a fan’s chance to get in on the ground floor and witness the development and progression of young talent. At RFA 29, fans will be given the opportunity to watch as top prospects from the US and Brazil go head to head with one another.

Featherweight Title Fight

In the main event of the evening, Raoni Barcelos of Brazil and Ricky Musgrave of the US, will battle it out for the vacant RFA featherweight title. At 8-1, with six wins by stoppage, Barcelos is a proven finisher. Barcelos is a fierce striker with a lot of potential, but he is going to have to bring his “A” game because Musgrave is a dangerous veteran. With 18 pro fights to his credit, Musgrave has double the experience and that could prove to be a huge weapon. Currently riding a four fight win streak with three of those wins coming by stoppage, Musgrave appears to have turned a corner in his career.

This should prove to be an entertaining bout between two up and comers who need to make something happen soon. Barcelos is already 28 and Musgrave is 31; time is not on their side to make a run at the big organizations. The winner of this bout will be in a great position to move on to bigger and better things.

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RJ Gardner
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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.