RFA LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT
HEADLINES FINAL RFA EVENT BEFORE THE MERGER
RFA 46 – JOHNSON vs. TUCKER
MAIN CARD BOUTS
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9th LIVE on AXS TV
LIVE at the BRANSON CONVENTION CENTER in BRANSON, MISSOURI
LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) president Ed Soares announced last month that the RFA is headed to The Ozarks in December for the final RFA event before the RFA merges with Legacy FC to form the LFA. The main event of RFA 46 will feature a battle for the vacant RFA light-heavyweight title. Jordan “Big Swingin” Johnson will look to keep his undefeated record intact when he battles LeMarcus “Freight Train” Tucker in the final RFA bout before the merger. Now further bouts have been confirmed for the upcoming card in southwestern Missouri. RFA 46 – Johnson vs. Tucker will take place Friday, December 9th at the Branson Convention Center in Branson, Missouri. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.
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Last month, the main event was revealed featuring two of the sport’s premier 205-pound prospects vying for promotional gold in the final RFA title fight. Now the entire main card at RFA 46 has been announced with a slate of intriguing bouts that is set to show fight fans why Branson, Missouri is known as the “Live Entertainment Capital Of The World.”
In the co-main event, 2015 RFA Fans’ Choice Awards “Prospect of the Year” winner James Nakashima (5-0) welcomes heavy-handed Texas native Dez Hill (8-3) to the RFA Octagon in an explosive welterweight showdown.
Nakashima was a training partner of U.S. Olympic wrestling gold medalist Jordan Burroughs when the two were teammates at NCAA Division I wrestling powerhouse University of Nebraska. Nakashima now trains alongside former UFC champion Benson Henderson at The MMA LAB in Glendale, Arizona.
Hill is 6 years older than Nakashima and has over twice the cage experience. The dangerous Texan is looking to use his pugilistic know-how to make a huge statement in his promotional debut. Hailing from Odessa, the Jackrabbit Roping Capital of Texas, Hill will be looking to lasso the biggest win of his career by taking out one of the division’s top prospects.
In featherweight action, former RFA title challenger Bobby “The Wolfman” Moffett (8-2) returns to the RFA Octagon to face fellow RFA vet “Downtown” T.J. Brown (7-3). Moffett is a teammate of Nakashima at The MMA Lab and is looking to get another shot at the title after going five entertaining rounds with the RFA featherweight champion Raoni Barcelos in June. Standing in his way will be an equally motivated Brown who will be looking to put on a show in Branson, which is located just across the border from his home state of Arkansas.
In a featured women’s 120-pound catchweight affair, Branson’s own Katy “Red Dragon” Collins (5-1) will welcome Memphis native Mandy “MissDemeanor” Polk (3-2) to her hometown. Both women will be making their RFA and national television debut in a high-stakes showdown in The Ozarks.
In a flyweight bout, Jeremiah Cullum (3-1) battles local standout Michael Graves (3-0). Cullum is the younger brother of RFA great Abel Cullum and is eager to add to the Cullum family success inside the RFA Octagon. Graves is the local fan favorite and will be looking to keep his undefeated record intact in the biggest bout of his career.
In heavyweight action, hometown hero Kenny “Hitman” Fredenburg (7-4) will be fighting on the international stage for the first time in his career against Kentucky native Don’Tale “King Kong” Mayes (2-0). Fredenburg, who is a graduate of Branson High School and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, will be looking to feed off the energy of the hometown crowd. Mayes is looking to keep his own momentum going. After an impressive amateur career, Mayes went pro this year and has picked up two submission wins due to strikes. The second win resulted in him getting HFC gold wrapped around his waist in June.
RFA 46 will be the promotion’s fourth event to take place in “The Show Me State” of Missouri and the second RFA event to be held in Missouri this year. The entire main card of RFA 46 – Johnson vs. Tucker will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT on Friday, December 9th.
By: Roberto Villa
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