Brandon Thatch Ring of Fire 39Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) on Wednesday announced that there has been a change made to the main event of RFA 7, which is headed to the Centennial State of Colorado on Friday, March 22. The RFA 7 main event will now see local MMA star Brandon “Rukus” Thatch (8-1) square off against undefeated Roufusport standout Mike “Biggie” Rhodes (4-0).

The change came about when Thatch’s original opponent, Leandro “Batata” Silva, suffered a leg infection during training. The main event will now feature two of the most highly touted welterweight prospects in the sport. RFA 7: Thatch vs. Rhodes will take place at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colo., a suburb of Denver. It will be televised nationwide on AXS TV starting at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.

“Brandon Thatch is the hometown hero, while Rhodes and Silva are both relatively unknown in the area. However, you know what kind of fighters you get from Duke Roufus,” RFA president Ed Soares commented on the exciting new RFA 7 main event. “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.”

In preparation for RFA 7, Thatch has been training at the famed Tri-Star Gym in Montreal with UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. He was hand-picked as a training partner to help St-Pierre prepare for his successful title defense against Carlos Condit last fall. Thatch has been been with the team ever since and was an invaluable part of St-Pierre’s most recent training camp for Nick Diaz, whom he faces this weekend at UFC 158.

Thatch traveled back to his hometown of Denver last week to finish up his training at Grudge Training Center. He has been very focused heading into his highly anticipated homecoming at RFA 7 and the sudden change of opponents has not changed that.

“I’m here to fight anyone the RFA puts in front of me. 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.

Thatch also said he wishes a speedy recovery to his previous opponent Silva.

“I’d also like to say that I hope Leandro is alright. I don’t wish ill will on anyone. He and I will fight another day,” said Thatch.

Training out of the equally respected Roufusport MMA Academy in Milwaukee, Wisc., alongside UFC No. 1 contender Anthony Pettis, the unbeaten Rhodes looks to continue his rapid rise to prominence in MMA. One might say, he has taken “The Rhodes Less Traveled” to get to the point he now finds himself. As a former high school basketball standout in Iowa, Rhodes competed against 2010 NCAA tournament star and giant slayer Ali Farokhmanesh. Rhodes will now look to write his own Cinderella Story in his personal rendition of March Madness.

“When Duke called and told me about the opportunity to fight for the RFA and the opponent being Thatch, I was very excited. 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,” Rhodes explained.

Rhodes was already deep in training camp for an NAFC event later this month, so he is excited about the chance to now fight for the RFA in front of a nationally televised audience.

“This will be my first time headlining any event and for it to be for the RFA means a lot to me. RFA is an awesome organization with really good fighters. This also allows me to fight on national television, which is great, because all of my friends and family now get a chance to see what I love to do right in their homes. I thank the RFA for that opportunity,” said Rhodes.

The co-main event of RFA 7 will feature a 177-pound catchweight special attraction between RFA welterweight star Chidi “Chidi Bang Bang” Njokuani (9-3) and local middleweight champion Jeremy Kimball (8-3).

The main card of RFA 7 will also include the return of Mirsad Bektic (5-0) as he squares off with fellow RFA fan favorite Nick Macias (6-2) in a highly anticipated featherweight bout.

Tickets for RFA 7: Thatch vs. Silva 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 $25. For VIP Status, eight-seat catered cage-side VIP tables are available by calling 303-521-0966.

Doors for RFA 7 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.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC Statement on CB Dollaway

  • 17 days ago
  • 4 views

UFC announced that CB Dollaway has had to withdraw from his scheduled bout at UFC 203 due to an injury he suffered last night as a result of an elevator accident at a hotel in Cleveland. read news >>

UFC Hamburg Bout Nixed from Saturday’s Fight Card Due to Injury

  • 27 days ago
  • 16 views

One of Saturday's UFC Fight Night 93 preliminary bouts has been cancelled due to injury. read news >>

Gian Villante Injured, Off UFC New York Fight Card | MMAWeekly.com

  • 5 days ago
  • 5 views

Gian Villante has been forced off of the UFC 205 fight card due to injury. read news >>

Legacy Fighting Alliance: The Anatomy of an MMA Mega Merger | MMAWeekly.com

  • 5 days ago
  • 6 views

Since coming on board with the RFA in 2012, Ed Soares has helped position the promotion as one of the top feeder leagues to shows like the UFC and Bellator. Years of steady growth and success could h read news >>

UFC GYM announces international expansion to Southeast Asia

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 views

UFC GYM, the fast-growing franchise that combines mixed martial arts (MMA) and fitness, announced the expansion of its global footprint into Vietnam with the opening of a new signature gym in Hanoi. read news >>

James Krause vs. Ross Pearson Lands on UFC Belfast Card | MMAWeekly.com

  • 4 days ago
  • 4 views

UFC on Thursday announced a further bout to the highly anticipated UFC FIGHT NIGHT: KIM vs. NELSON fight card. read news >>

Chris Eubank Jr. Relinquishes Title and Brags About Nick Blackwell Injury | FIGHTLAND

  • 4 days ago
  • 7 views

EPA Chris Eubank Jr. vacated his British middleweight title after suffering a “severe” elbow injury in a sparring session ahead of his defense against mandatory challenger Tommy Langford on 22 Octobe read news >>

Chris Eubank Jr. Relinquishes Title and Brags About Nick Blackwell Injury | FIGHTLAND

  • 4 days ago
  • 0 views

EPA Chris Eubank Jr. vacated his British middleweight title after suffering a “severe” elbow injury in a sparring session ahead of his defense against mandatory challenger Tommy Langford on 22 Octobe read news >>

UFC Fight Night 95 draws announced sold-out attendance of 8,410 fans in Brasilia

  • 2 days ago
  • 5 views

BRASILIA, Brazil – Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 95 event drew an announced attendance of 8,410 for the UFC’s second show in Brazil’s capital city.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Undercard Bouts Dominate Fighter Bonuses at UFC Brasilia | MMAWeekly.com

  • 2 days ago
  • 9 views

The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced the fighter bonuses stemming from UFC Fight Night: Cyborg vs. Lansberg following Saturday's event in Brasilia, Brazil. read news >>