A featherweight title showdown between Bellator Fighting
Championships veteran Jared
Downing and “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 15 competitor
Rinaldi headlines Friday’s
Resurrection Fighting Alliance card.
5 takes place at the Viaero Event Center in Kearney, Neb., and
also features a welterweight clash between former World Extreme
Cagefighting talent James
Krause and 64-fight veteran Joe Jordan.
The seven-bout main card will be televised on AXS TV beginning at
10 p.m. ET.
Downing last competed at RFA 2 on March 30, where he earned a
unanimous nod over Alessandro
Ferreira. “Demon Eyes” owns a 2-0 mark in Bellator, notching
triumphs against Chad
Vandenberg and Danny Tims in
2010. The Hard Drive MMA representative has lost just once in 10
career outings, with six of his victories going the distance.
Rinaldi, who was eliminated in by Joe Proctor
in a preliminary bout to get into the “TUF 15” house, is unbeaten
in six professional appearances. Most recently, the North Carolina
native captured a unanimous decision against Mark
Dickman at RFA 3. The 25-year-old Team Roc representative has
finished four of his triumphs by way of submission, including a
notable victory over current UFC talent Dennis
Bermudez in 2010.