Mike Rhodes replaces Leandro Silva, faces Brandon Thatch in RFA 7 headliner


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit

brandon-thatch.jpgA leg infection has forced Leandro Silva out of a planned headlining contest at this month’s Resurrection Fighting Alliance 7 event, and undefeated Roufusport fighter Mike Rhodes (4-0) has agreed to replace him against Brandon Thatch (8-1).

RFA officials today announced the change.

“Brandon Thatch is the hometown hero, while Rhodes and Silva are both relatively unknown in the area,” RFA President Ed Soares stated. “However, you know what kind of fighters you get from Duke Roufus. It’s unfortunate what happened to Silva, but at the end of the day styles make fights, and Thatch vs. Rhodes will be a very exciting and explosive main event at RFA 7.”

RFA 7 takes place March 22 at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo. The evening’s main card airs live in North America on AXS TV.

Colorado native “Rukus” Thatch fights in his home state while looking for eighth straight win via stoppage. In fact, Thatch’s only career loss came via split decision at a 2008 Strikeforce show.

Thatch has recently been training alongside UFC 158 headliner Georges St-Pierre at Canada’s famed Tristar Gym before recently returning to Colorado’s Grudge Training Center to finish off his preparation. He insists the late opponent switch doesn’t present any special challenges.

“I’m here to fight anyone the RFA puts in front of me,” Thatch stated. “This is what we do, and what we’re here for. I don’t know much about Rhodes yet, but I hear he’s a tough guy and I know he’s from a great camp. I’m ready for war at RFA 7,” Thatch explained.

Meanwhile, Rhodes made his professional debut in May 2012 and has quickly rattled off four straight wins to open his career. Three of those victories came via stoppage, including two first-round endings.

Rhodes said he’s thrilled for his first headlining opportunity.

“When Duke called and told me about the opportunity to fight for the RFA and the opponent being Thatch, I was very excited,” Rhodes said. “He’s a great fighter and very talented everywhere.

“This is the test I’ve been looking for. I believe I belong in the cage with the best and a win over Brandon will prove that. He is definitely the biggest test, and this is the biggest fight of my young career.”

The latest RFA 7 card includes:

  • Mike Rhodes vs. Brandon Thatch
  • Jeremy Kimball vs. Chidi Njokuani
  • Matt Manzanares vs. Sergio Pettis
  • Mirsad Bektic vs. Nick Macias
  • Carl Postma vs. Leandro Veal

For more on RFA 7, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Brandon Thatch)

view original article >>

Related News

  • 21 days ago
  • 28 views

One of mixed martial arts’ most highly-regarded prospects will return to the Octagon next month. more

  • 39 minutes ago
  • 0 views

MMA vet and recent Bellator MMA “Fight Master” reality-show winner Joe Riggs is reportedly heading back to the UFC.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC more

  • 28 days ago
  • 53 views

Although drastic weight cuts are anything but uncommon in MMA, UFC welterweight Mike Rhodes may have taken things to a whole new level for his octagon debut in January. Filed under: News, UFC more

  • 28 days ago
  • 11 views

When I asked Mike Rhodes, "What's up, man?" I could not have, in a million years, predicted his response. "I'm building a homemade air conditioner." more

  • 21 days ago
  • 38 views

The injury bug strikes again. Thiago Alves, who was kept out of the Octagon for a couple years due to multiple injuries and surgeries, was forced out of the UFC Fight Night 49 bout with Jordan Mein, the promotion announced Wednesday. Instead of "Pitbull," Mein will be facing welterweight prospect Brandon Thatch at the Fight Night card in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Aug. 23. Thatch (11-1) returns to action following back-to-back dominant victories over Paulo Thiago and Justin Edwards in his first UFC app more

  • 21 days ago
  • 47 views

Well, it was fun while it lasted. Same old, same old. Former welterweight number one contender, Thiago Alves, who returned to the Octagon earlier this year with a dominant unanimous decision win over the gritty Seth Baczynski at UFC on FOX 11, has once again been injured and forced to withdraw from an event. "Pitbull" hurt his knee, according to MMA Junkie, but will not require surgery. Taking over for the Brazilian at the UFC Fight Night 49 mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which takes place on A more

  • 21 days ago
  • 19 views

Thiago Alves' extensive injury log received a new entry Wednesday, as the UFC welterweight has been forced out of his UFC Fight Night 49 matchup with Jordan Mein. UFC.com issued a statement saying that rising welterweight contender Brandon Thatch would replace Alves in the bout. MMA Junkie's Steven Marrocco reported the nature of Alves' complication, saying that "The Pitbull" suffered a knee injury but will not require surgery. That silver lining loses some luster with Alves though, as the forme more

  • 20 days ago
  • 35 views

Thiago Alves' latest injury means Jordan Mein now fights Brandon Thatch in August at UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Dos Anjos. Before the oft-injured Jose Aldo pulled out of his fight with Chad Mendes, another talented but oft-injured Brazilian also had to bow out of his upcoming fight. Yesterday the UFC confirmed an undisclosed injury has forced Thiago Alves out of a main card meeting with Jordan Mein on August 23rd in Tulsa. The plus side for fans is that they found a highly formidable (if not more

  • 10 days ago
  • 43 views

Two struggling welterweights will throw hands on FOX Sports 1 this fall in Brazil. Not long after the ink dried on his new four-fight contract, veteran welterweight Paulo Thiago has been tasked with turning away Mike Rhodes at the UFC Fight Night 51 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on FOX Sports 1, which takes place on Sept. 13, 2014 inside Nilson Nelson Gymnasium in Brasilia. Combate reported the news on Saturday. Thiago (15-7) is probably best known for knocking out Josh Koscheck in his Octagon more