Brandon Thatch Ring of Fire 39Resurrection Fighting Alliance on Friday night landed in Denver for the first time, partnering with regional promotion, Ring of Fire, at the 1stBank Center for RFA 7: Thatch vs. Rhodes.

The night’s main event featured top welterweight prospects Brandon Thatch and Mike Rhodes.

Thatch – an extremely popular fighter in Denver and a training partner of UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre – started chopping away at Rhodes with kicks, but the Roufusport fighter scored a well-timed takedown.

Thatch then turned the tables, taking top position in Rhodes’ half guard and started pummeling him with punches and elbows. He soon passed to side control and then took Rhodes’ back, sinking in a rear naked choke for the finish just over two minutes into the fight.

“This is my city man. Hoo! Hoo! Hoo!” barked Thatch after the win.

Thatch has been one of most highly touted welterweights not designated a UFC fighter, but Joe Silva, Sean Shelby, he’s ready for the phone call whenever you are.

“You’re not a big dog until you’re in the UFC,” said Thatch. “So when they’ll have me, I’d love to go.”

Jeremy Kimball’s approach to Chidi Njokuani in the co-main event was obvious from the bell: rush him and put him on the mat, which he did. Njokuani, however, did quite well once the fight was on the floor, controlling position and taking most of Kimball’s weapons away.

Things worked out much better for Kimball in round two, however, as he put Njokuani to the mat, took his back, and sank in the fight-ending rear naked choke.

The loss made Njokuani 0-2 in Denver, while Kimball pulled out the upset and improved his record to 9-3, making him a fighter to watch.

“It was the most adversity I’ve ever had to go through in a fight,” said Kimball of this being the biggest fight of his career. He does have his sights set even higher though. “I want that RFA title.”

American Top Team fighter Mirsad Bektic made his trip to Denver a quick one. He immediately planted local standout Nick Macias on the mat and proceeded to jack hammer right hands to his face until referee Tom Johnson called a halt to the fight.

Local fan favorite Vinnie Lopez threw everything he had at New Mexico’s Billy Colon – knees, kicks, jaw rattling punches – but couldn’t put him away. Colon’s chin saved him over and over until the third round when the fight hit the mat. Colon, fighting off of his back, grabbed one of Lopez’s arms. Colon’s toes were caught up in the fence, so referee Don Thais pulled them free, giving Colon all the leverage he needed to lock out the armbar for the tap and the win.

It didn’t take Tommy Thompson long to secure victory, upping his spotless record to 5-0. Joey Banks opened with some high-flying maneuvers, but quickly paid for them. He looked to be launching a superman punch, but left himself wide open. Thompson shot a right hand straight up the pipe, laying Banks out a mere 20 seconds into the fight.

Danny Mainus and Zac Chavez got the crowd fired up in the main card opener with a ground and pound version of Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar I. Chavez, covered in blood at the end of the fight, walked away with the split decision and a cadre of enthralled fans.

RFA 7: Thatch vs. Rhodes Official Results:

Main Card (on AXS TV):
-Brandon Thatch def. Mike Rhodes by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:22, R1
-Jeremy Kimball def. Chidi Njokuani by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:51, R2
-Mirsad Bektic def. Nick Macias by TKO (Punches) at 1:57, R1
-Billy Colon def. Vinnie Lopez by Submission (Armbar) at 1:12, R3
-Tommy Thompson def. Joey Banks by Knockout (Punch) at 0:20, R1
-Zac Chavez def. Danny Mainus by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Amateur Card:
-Allen Washington def. Jose Keven Hernandez (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
-Gina Begley def. Shannon Culpepper by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:51, R2
-Carlos Huerta def. Jason Huntley by (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Jared Deaguero def. William Gravely by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Josh Smith def. Toby Lopez by Submission (Calf Crusher) at 0:59, R1

Be sure to Like on Facebook and Follow @MMAWeeklycom on Twitter.

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

Related News

Report: Elias Theodorou meets Thiago 'Marreta' Santos at UFC Fight Night 80 in Las Vegas

  • 21 days ago

The UFC’s first of three straight days of events in Las Vegas in December has another fight added to the lineup.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Women's MMA Report: Paige VanZant stops Chambers, Inoue retains Deep Jewels title

  • 22 days ago

One of the UFC’s fastest rising female stars, Paige VanZant, picked up her fourth straight victory this past Saturday at UFC 191. Read about that and the rest of the recent action in the world of wom read news >>

Good vs. Akhmedov, Casey vs. Carlos Junior set for UFC Fight Night 80 in Las Vegas

  • 22 days ago

The UFC’s first of three straight days of events in Las Vegas in December is starting to come together with the apparent addition of two big middleweights. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Eddie Alvarez says he's booked for Anthony Pettis at UFC's January card in Boston

  • 23 days ago

It appears as though the UFC’s winter return to “Beantown” has some more heat for the lineup. Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Collier-Yang, Lim-Zaleski, Bang-Kuntz booked for UFC Fight Night 79 in South Korea

  • 23 days ago

The UFC’s debut in South Korea in November has three new bouts added to the bill and a trio of fighters ready to compete in their home country. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Whether Conor McGregor Likes it or not, Ronda Rousey is the UFC’s Biggest Star

  • 23 days ago

As much of a braggadocio as he is about his star power, Conor McGregor is not the biggest star in the UFC. Ronda Rousey is. read news >>

Episode No. 1 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 22: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber'

  • 24 days ago

Check out a recap of episode No. 1 of “The Ultimate Fighter 22,” the latest installment of the UFC’s long-running reality series, this time featuring coaches Conor McGregor and Urijah Faber.Filed und read news >>

Hisaki Kato vs. Melvin Manhoef headlines Bellator 146, Brennan Ward gets opponent at Bellator 144

  • 25 days ago

Apparently knocking out Joe Schilling can earn you headlining status. Hisaki Kato will meet Melvin Manhoef in the middleweight main event of Bellator 146 on Nov. 20 at WinStar World Casino in Thacker read news >>

UFC 191 results: Andrei Arlovski scores lackluster win over Frank Mir

  • 28 days ago

The heavyweight showdown between former champions Frank Mir and Andrei Arlovski was a decade in the making and the most anticipated fight on the card at UFC 191. The bout, however, did not live up to read news >>

UFC 191 results: Anthony Johnson scores savage one-punch knockout of Jimi Manuwa

  • 28 days ago

Jimi Manuwa (No. 7) wanted to use Anthony Johnson (No. 1) to leapfrog his way into the Top 5 of the Light Heavyweight divisional rankings tonight (Sat., Sept. 5, 2015) at UFC 191, which emanated from read news >>