Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) on Saturday announced the lineup of live televised fights for its RFA 11 event in Denver, Colorado, which takes place Friday, November 22nd. In celebration of the sport’s 20th anniversary, RFA returns to the city where it all started with an action-packed MMA event stacked with the best up-and-coming fighters in the business including: Chinzô Machida, Lucas Rota, Danny Mainus, Raoni Barcelos, Matt Manzanares and Zach Makovsky. RFA 11 will take place from the 1stBank Center and live on AXS TV starting at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT.
“RFA 11 has everything that’s made MMA the fastest growing sport in the world – from a highly evolved championship fight between exciting flyweights Manzanares vs. Makovsky to a throwback battle between Karate master Chinzô Machida vs. Kung Fu expert Brian “Seraiah” Wood. On November 22nd, RFA invites MMA fans everywhere to come to Denver and celebrate the sport’s 20th anniversary with our star-studded final RFA card of the year.”
Tickets for RFA 11 – Manzanares vs. Makovsky are on sale NOW and available through www.TicketHorse.com or by calling 866.461.6556. Colorado customers can dial locally at 303-53HORSE. Tickets start at just $25. For VIP status, eight-seat catered cage-side VIP tables are available by calling 303-521-0966. Doors for RFA 11 – Manzanares vs. Makovsky open at 5:30 p.m. MT; first bout starts at 6:00 p.m. MT and the main card goes live on AXS TV at 8:00 p.m. MT / 10:00 p.m. ET.
As part of the main live card, one of RFA’s top undefeated featherweight prospects will be in action. Tommy “Gun” Thompson (5-0) returns to the RFA after his convincing 20-second KO of Joey Banks at RFA 7. This was a stunning finish that even hit the ESPN.com highlight reel. He will put his perfect record on the line as he takes a big step up in competition against Tyler “Thunder” Toner (14-5) who is one of Denver’s most experienced featherweight fighters. Toner has competed for UFC, WEC, and Strikeforce and intends to reassert himself as one of the sport’s top 145-pounders.
Also in featherweight action, fight fans will get a classic ‘Karate vs. Kung Fu’ themed MMA fight as Chinzô Machida (1-2) battles Brian “Seraiah” Wood (4-3). Chinzô is the older brother of UFC star Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida, while Seraiah is the founder of Dragon Tao in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This will be Chinzô’s American-soil MMA debut as well as his debut in the featherweight division. Seraiah is very well-known locally being a multiple-time veteran of the Ring Of Fire organization as well as a former standout NCAA Division I wrestler at the University of Wyoming.
Also on the RFA 11 live card is an exciting striker vs. striker middleweight bout between Vinnie Lopez (6-5) and Lucas Rota (7-5). The aggressive and talented Lopez is a longtime friend and training partner of Brandon Thatch who possesses an aggressive and fearless fighting-style that has endeared him to the Denver fight fans. He will be facing Rota, who similarly likes to intimidate and overwhelm his opponents with his impressive striking prowess. A training partner of Anderson Silva, Rota will be the third Brazilian fighter making his American-soil debut on this card.
Kicking off the first televised fight of the night will be Danny Mainus (2-1), who made a big impression with Denver fans in March with his back-and-forth fight with Zac Chavez at RFA 7. Mainus and Chavez engaged in a toe-to-toe battle, which was considered one of the most competitive and exciting fights in RFA history. A clip from this fight was later shown on NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”. Mainus will be taking on Scott Ingram (0-0) who seeks victory and a lasting first impression in his professional debut in front of his hometown fans.
In the evening’s previously announced main event, fight fans are treated to a high-stakes flyweight title fight between the red-hot fan favorite Matt Manzanares (7-1) and former world champion Zach “Fun Size” Makovsky (15-4). The RFA 11 co-headliner will see four-time UFC veteran Alvin Robinson (14-7) fight in front of his home crowd against blue chip prospect Raoni Barcelos (7-0), who is a highly-decorated jiu-jitsu practitioner (multiple-time IBJJF world champion), freestyle wrestler (member of the Brazilian national wrestling team), and MMA fighter (Shooto – Brazil featherweight champion).
The entire main card of RFA 11 – Manzanares vs. Makovsky will be televised live on AXS TV starting at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT on Friday, November 22nd. RFA 11 will be the promotion’s second event in the state of Colorado this year. More fights for RFA 11 will be announced soon.
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