On Friday, Sept. 18, 201,5 the RFA heads to the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb., for RFA 30: Smith vs. Jardine where UFC, Strikeforce and Bellator veteran Anthony Smith will battle it out with former UFC fighter Brock Jardine in the main event of the evening.

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 30 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.

Someone’s “0” Has Got to Go

This event features not one, but two bouts between undefeated up-and-comers. In the first undefeated matchup of the evening, unbeaten featherweight finishers Grant Dawson and Clay Wimer will collide in the cage. At 7-0, with all seven of his wins coming by way of submission, Dawson is an aggressive grappler who looks to take advantage of every opportunity he is given. Wimer on the other hand has shown a more diverse skill set winning two bouts by knockout and three by way of submission.

Then, in the second battle of undefeated fighters welterweight James Nakashima and Chance Rencountre will meet in the cage. At just 3-0, with no finishes, Nakashima has been successful thus far but has yet to really show off his true ability in the cage. Rencountre on the other hand has won five of his seven pro bouts by way of knockout.

Battle Tested Veterans

In the main event of the evening, fans will be treated to a battle between two battle tested veterans in Smith and Jardine. With 50 pro fights between them and 29 combined stoppage victories, this bout has fun written all over it. Smith and Jardine are going to put on a show for the fans and they are going to be looking for the finish every second they are in that cage.

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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.