Resurrection Fighting Alliance has announced they will be returning to Minnesota in March with RFA 36.

Headlining the card will be the first title defense of RFA featherweight champion Raoni Barcelos as he puts his title on the line against undefeated prospect “Groovy” Landon Vannata.

The entire event will take place Friday, March 4th at the Mystic Showroom inside the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minnesota. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.

“RFA will return to Minnesota on Friday, March 4th with a fantastic title fight,” said RFA President Ed Soares. “RFA featherweight champion Raoni Barcelos will defend his title for the first time against undefeated Landon Vannata. These are two of the top prospects in the world at any weight and make RFA 36 the perfect start to a huge MMA weekend.”

Barcelos (9-1) will defend his RFA featherweight title for the first time after enjoying a dominant 2015.  The son of Jiu-Jitsu legend Laerte Barcelos, more than half of his victories have come via KO or TKO, which includes the first round KO of previously undefeated NCAA Division I All-American wrestler Jamal Parks at RFA 23. .

“I am very happy to defend my RFA world title at RFA 36,” said Barcelos. “RFA shows the best new MMA talent in the world and it is now televised live here in Brazil. All of my friends, family, and teammates now have the opportunity to watch me live on Esporte Interativo. It’s a dream come true and an honor to be a champion of a great event like the RFA. This belt is coming back home to Brazil in March.”

His opponent, Vannata (7-0), also enters this title fight on a huge wave of momentum inside and outside the RFA Octagon. In November, “Groovy Lando” needed just 89-seconds to score a TKO over the previously undefeated Chad Curry in the co-main event of RFA 32. On the morning of the fight, Vannata’s hometown newspaper the Albuquerque Journal ran a story on him, where they described him as an artist. Vannata’s performance earned him both  “Knockout of the Year” and “Prospect of the Year” nominees in the annual RFA – Fans’ Choice Awards.

“Saturday morning headlines will read: ‘Barcelos goes down! RFA’s Groovy King has been crowned,” said Vannata. “During the fight he looked scared and confused, Raoni didn’t know what to do. When Lando attacked, he never held back. He hit him like Tyson and danced like Ali. The champ had fallen before the end of three.’'”

In the night’s co-main event Melvin “Career Killer” Blumer will square off against fellow featherweight Shawn “The Exception” West.

Blumer (12-3) is coming off a violent knockout knocked over former UFC veteran Jeff Curran in the first round of their co-headliner in March 2015. Meanwhile, West (12-6) also picked up the biggest win of his career by stopping RFA and Bellator veteran Andre Tieva via first round TKO in December.

Also appearing on the card will be a flyweight bout between former UFC veteran in Chico Camus (14-7, 1 No Contest) and Matt Brown.

Camus (14-7) is an eight-time UFC vet will enter this bout after going the distance with past and future UFC title challengers in his last two bouts. The Roufussport product holds a notable win over longtime UFC star Brad Pickett, as well as the only UFC win over four-time UFC vet Kyung Ho Kang.

Brown (10-5) will be dropping down to 125-pounds for the first time in his career. He holds notable wins over bantamweight standouts Andre Tieva and John Castaneda.

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