(RFA)RFA 35 Gets New Main Event After Mehdi Bahdad Gets Call From UFC José Youngs January 17, 2016 News, Promotions, RFA Events, Spotlight Resurrection Fighting Alliance president Ed Soares has announced the promotion’s upcoming RFA 35 has a new main event after their lightweight champion Mehdi Baghdad got the call to sign with the UFC. Now headlining the card will be a lightweight title fight between former title contender Zach Juusola and longtime Showdown Fights star David Castillo. “I am excited about our new main event at RFA 35 in Utah,” said Soares. “RFA lightweight champion Mehdi Baghdad has signed with the UFC, so stepping in will be the man that fought him for the title. Zach Juusola had a war with Baghdad, shares the same record, and he is coming off a dominant win. He will face longtime Showdown Fights star David Castillo for the vacant RFA lightweight title.” Soares continued, “Showdown Fights has established itself as the premier organization in the state of Utah and I’m looking forward to this fantastic event.” The entire event will place Friday, February 19th inside the UCCU Center in Orem, Utah. The main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. Showdown FightsWill Farrar owner also expressed his excitement ahead of his promotions collaboration with the RFA. “We have always admired the RFA, and now to have them here in our back yard? We too have taken a lot of pride in building fighters up to move on to the UFC and on February 19th, I bet we will see the next crop,” said Farrar. “This event has been in the works for sometime and now it’s almost here!” Juusola (11-3) is coming off a decision win over Robert Rojas Jr. at RFA 30 in September. “The Juice” previsouly sufferd a fourth round TKO to in his memorable with Baghdad at RFA 21 in December 2014. He will enter this bout with nine career soppage wins, including five by way of (T)KO. “I am excited to go fight for the RFA title in Utah,” said Juusola. “This time I’m not leaving without the strap. My opponent is already nervous and for good reason. You will see the slickest, strongest, and most technical Juice yet on February 19th.” Castillo (19-7), who will be making his RFA debut, has established himself as one of Utah’s most beloved fighters over the course of his seven and a half year career. During this time, Castillo has fought in Russia, Bahrai and Canada, picking up 15 stoppage wins in the process. “I’m really excited for this opportunity for myself and the Utah community as a whole. RFA is one of the biggest MMA shows to ever come to the state. Utah has a lot of MMA talent and a great fan base,” said Castillo. “The chance to headline this card is big for me and the show. It guarantees a packed house since Utah fans know I’ve never been in a boring fight. The change of opponents won’t be a problem. At this level, everyone is going to be skilled in every aspect. Other than adjusting to fighting a southpaw, my approach will be the same against Juusola and I look forward to becoming the next RFA lightweight champion at RFA 35.” In the night’s co-main event of RFA 35 will feature another bout between RFA and Showdown Fights fighters as Thiago Moisés meets David “Playtime” Putvin (7-1) in a lightweight bout. Moisés (6-1), an fights out of American Top Team product, made an impressive RFA debut last summer at at RFA 28, when he choked out Javon Wright via second round Rear Naked Choke at featherweight. Moisés now moves up to lightweight to face one of Utah’s most promising prospects. Putvin (7-1), a prdouct Jeremy Horn’s Elite Performance in the Salt Lake City, and is undefeated in his home state. “Playtime” was last seen suffering his first professional defeat in the former of unanimous decision to Jerod Spoon. To date all seven of his wins have come by way of submission. Also appearing on the card RFA debut of Curtis “Razor” Blaydes (4-0), the former NJCAA national wrestling champion out of Harper College. Blaydes was expected to make his promotional debut last summer at RFA 28, before his opponent Justin Frazier pulled out of the fight on the morning of the fight due to a family emergency. The blue chip RFA prospect will now have a stiff test awaiting him as he faces a dangerous Utah native in Eric Iman (4-3). Iman will also enjoy a huge home crowd advantage as he has fought his entire career in his home state of Utah. The main card of RFA 35 will also feature the return of a trio of RFA vets in James Nakashima , Dervin Lopez, and Ricky Steele who will be paired with three more of Utah’s best. Nakashima (4-0), who was just voted the “RFA – 2015 Fans’ Choice Awards: Prospect of the Year” after going 3-0 for the promotion in 2015, will face undefeated hometown favorite Brad Darrington (4-0) in a welterweight bout. Lopez (7-3) returns to the RFA after taking a fight with Devin Clark last summer at RFA 29 on 5 days’ notice. He will now drop down to his natural weight class of middleweight to take on Joe Rodriguez (7-3). Rodriguez comes into this fight fresh off a second round submission win over ten-time UFC vet and TUF 9 finalist DaMarques Johnson. Rounding out the main card is 135-pound bout between Steele (4-0), a third degree black belt in Keishinkan Karate, and Utah based bantamweight L.J. Schulz (5-3). Schulz has been victorious in his last two contests, which both took place inside his home state of Utah.