Resurrection Fighting Alliance is heading to Indiana for the first time in the promotion’s history. RFA President Ed Soares has announced the news on Monday morning.

The event, RFA 39, will feature the first title defense of RFA featherweight champion Raoni Barcelos as he puts his title on the line against top prospect and local favorite Bobby “The Wolfman” Moffett.

“I’m excited about bringing a world title fight to Hammond” said Soares. “Our featherweight champion Raoni Barcelos will defend his title for the first time against number one contender Bobby Moffett. These are two of the top featherweight prospects in the world and it’s the perfect way to show fight fans in the Chicago area what the RFA is all about.”

Barcelos (9-1) has earned more than half of his victories by way of KO or TKO, which includes the first round stoppagoes over 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 39,” said Barcelos. “RFA shows the best new MMA talent in the world and it is now televised live here in Brazil. My friends, family, and teammates now have the opportunity to watch me fight 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 with me in June.”

Moffett (8-1) is riding a four-fight win streak, which includes a victory over longtime RFA vet Dan Moret at RFA 24.

“I am just very grateful that the biggest fight of my career will be at home in front of my family and friends,” Moffett explained. “I feel that everything I’ve been working for has now come to fruition. Barcelos is a tough. He’s a very good fighter and the champion. I’m honored that he wants to fight me. I’m looking forward to taking the next step in my career by winning the RFA title on June 17th.”

The entire main card of RFA 39 will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT this Friday, June 17th.

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