Nebraska’s Resurrection Fighting Alliance returns to its usual stomping grounds of Kearney for its fifth event on Friday, Nov. 30.

The event’s main card will air live on AXS TV beginning at 10 p.m. ET. In the main event, the promotion will crown its first champion as Jared Downing takes on Jordan Rinaldi for the featherweight championship.

Also on the card are big show veterans James Krause and Joe Jordan, as well as a number of rising prospects.

Six additional fights fill the televised broadcast, while five amateur bouts make up the evening’s undercard.

Let’s take a deeper look at each of the main card bouts.

FW Title Bout: Jared Downing (9-1) vs. Jordan Rinaldi (6-0)

While some may be questioning the fighters selected to participate in the 145-pound title fight, by no means does it mean that it won’t be a good match-up. Sure, RFA has a deep featherweight division that includes undefeated former NCAA All-American Lance Palmer and hard-nosed, well-rounded Nick Macias, but Jared Downing and Jordan Rinaldi are just as capable of putting on an entertaining title tilt.

The biggest wild card in this fight is size. In Rinaldi’s six career bouts, he has never competed at 145 pounds. In fact, he’s competed as a welterweight as recently as one year ago. The North Carolina product has scored submissions in four of his six victories and although he came up short during his stint on The Ultimate Fighter: Live, he’s clearly the favorite in this fight.

Downing is on the opposite end of the spectrum in terms of size. The Bellator veteran is just 5-foot-5 and has largely competed at bantamweight. The wrestler has really struggled to finish fights, going the distance in seven of his nine career bouts. He handled another TUF and Bellator alum in Eric Marriott in his first RFA appearance and took care of Brazilian submission ace Alessandro Ferreira in his last outing, but faces an uphill battle against Rinaldi.

So long as Rinaldi manages his weight cut properly, his overwhelming size advantage should allow him to overcome Downing’s wrestling base. Look for Rinaldi to capture the featherweight belt with a second-round rear-naked choke finish.

WW: James Krause (17-4) vs. Joe Jordan (49-13-2)

The name of the game in this fight is experience. While Joe Jordan has been competing as a professional for more than a decade, James Krause also has a plethora of cage time with nearly 50 combined amateur and professional bouts.

On paper, this fight is deceiving. Jordan has faced a who’s who of the MMA world in his career: Jens Pulver, Clay Guida, Rich Clementi, Bart Palaszewski and even Hermes Franca at UFC 61 in 2006. The catch? Jordan failed to beat any of those fighters. In fact, the most impressive things that have happened in his lengthy career might be the draws he fought to against Josh Neer and Roger Huerta in 2004.

To call Jordan a journeyman would be an understatement. He competed 14 times in 2006 and 10 times in 2007 (yes, you read that right). Other than his loss to Franca, not a single opponent over that stretch is worth noting. What is interesting is that the veteran has fought only four times in the last four years, and hasn’t been in the cage since April of 2011.

Krause, on the other hand, has been on the cusp of the UFC for the past few years. He dropped back-to-back fights to Donald Cerrone and Ricardo Lamas under the WEC banner, and then a short-notice bout against Toby Imada in Bellator. It appeared that the Missouri fighter would get his break on The Ultimate Fighter: Live, but he was upset by Justin Lawrence. Now riding a five-fight winning streak, the lanky fighter is hungry for another shot at the UFC.

Don’t expect this fight to be close. For all the experience Jordan has, Krause is a better striker and the more dangerous submission fighter. Krause will get Jordan to drop his lead hand with a jab and follow up with a vicious right head kick to knock out the veteran in the first frame.

FW: Mirsad Bektic (4-0) vs. Doug Jenkins (8-3)

Perhaps the most-prized acquisition of the merger between RFA and Titan Fighting Championships was American Top Team’s Mirsad Bektic. The Nebraskan fighter has finished all of his fights in his pro and amateur career, mixing in a relentless top game and slick submission skills.

Doug Jenkins is getting the opportunity to play spoiler as the South Dakotan has yet to compete at this level. The former lightweight will have a size advantage over Bektic, but he’s going to have to put a stop to the 21-year-old’s pace to have a chance.

Expect Bektic to come out fast and overwhelm Jenkins on the feet before eventually taking the fight to the mat and finishing with a rear-naked choke.

BW: Pedro Munhoz (6-0) vs. Bill Kamery (10-3)

The influence of RFA’s relationship with Ed Soares shines through in this pairing. Sao Paulo native Pedro Munhoz will bring his undefeated record to the RFA cage to take on Iowa’s Bill Kamery.

Munhoz has handled everyone put in his path thus far, both in his native Brazil and in the United States. However, his level of competition makes it hard to judge how good he really is. He has shown a well-rounded skill set thus far in his career, but has yet to be tested.

Kamery’s Titan debut could not have gone much worse. The wrestler was simply overwhelmed by WEC veteran L.C. Davis inside of two rounds. Based on the fact that he has dropped two of his last three fights, it appears as if he may have reached the peak of his potential.

This fight has all the makings of another bad night for Kamery. He’ll likely bring the fight to the mat only for Munhoz to lock on a fight-finishing armbar just minutes into the bout.

WW: Kamarudeen Usman (0-0) vs. David Glover (0-0)

Whenever two fighters are making their professional debuts, anything can happen.

But this fight is tailor-made for Kamarudeen Usman. The former NCAA Division II national champion at the University of Nebraska-Kearney has the wrestling pedigree to control David Glover at will.

Although Glover was impressive in his two amateur outings, he’ll come out on the wrong side of the scorecards in this one, with Usman cruising to the decision win.

HW: Derek Bohi (0-0) vs. Tony Rodriguez (0-0)

It’s a similar story between these two heavyweights, each making their pro debut.

Derek Bohi is a former Marine who engaged in an absolute war with Alex Huddleston in his lone amateur appearance under the Titan banner. The towering 6-foot-5 fighter has the range to keep Tony Rodriguez at bay if he can avoid brawling.

Like his opponent, Rodriguez fell in his appearance under the RFA-Titan umbrella earlier this year. State pride will be on the line as the Nebraskan fighter will look to take out his Missouri-based foe.

Bohi made a mistake against Huddleston, but don’t expect a repeat performance. The former Marine will score an opening-round TKO win.

FlyW: Matt Manzanares (4-1) vs. Kevin Gray (0-0)

The card’s opening match-up has barn-burner written all over it.

Matt Manzanares has been a staple of the Colorado MMA scene for the past four years, using his pinpoint striking and slick submission game to gain success at both the amateur and professional levels. His last fight—under the RFA banner—was an absolute joy to watch, although he fell short against Aaron Ely.

Kevin Gray makes his pro debut after a 4-0 amateur career and NAIA wrestling experience. His grappling experience may be exactly what he needs to neutralize the fleet-footed Manzanares.

I wouldn’t anticipate this fight going the distance. If Gray gets a takedown—which is likely—he’ll either score an impressive TKO with ground-and-pound or he’ll fall victim to a Manzanares armbar. The smart money would be on the latter.

Photo: Jared Downing (top) delivers ground and pound (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

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