We’re still suffering from a bit of a Superfight hangover after last week’s RFA vs. Legacy. Following the big event, both RFA President Ed Soares and Legacy President Mick Maynard expressed interest in doing more promotion vs. promotion events in the near future. That got us daydreaming about some match ups we’d LOVE to see at RFA vs. Legacy 2!
Champions have a tendency of getting snatched up by the larger promotions, so the options for another Superfight Title Fight are limited. As it stands, not too many divisions in BOTH promotions have reigning champions. After last week however, Lightweight probably presents the most entertaining matchup. The veteran Mike Bronzoulis just won his belt last week at RFA vs. Legacy and a showdown with RFA Champ/striking dynamo Mehdi Baghdad would be a great headliner for a Superfight sequel. Together the two have 19 TKO/KO finishes, Cha Ching!
Again, finding a division with BOTH an RFA and Legacy champ is difficult with how often they go elsewhere. Leo Leite is the Legacy Light Heavyweight AND Middleweight champ while Francisco France just became the RFA’s Middleweight Champ in April. Both men are BJJ Black Belts making this another very intriguing champ vs. champ fight.
Daniel Pineda cut his teeth in Legacy before going to the UFC. When he was released last year, he returned home to Legacy and has rattled-off three straight submission victories. Surprisingly, that hasn’t been enough to get him a second chance in the UFC (yet). If he’s still with Legacy, why wouldn’t you put him on your team? A matchup with former RFA featherweight contender Mark Dickman makes the most sense. Dickman’s nickname (Tricky) is a perfect fit as he is equally difficult to deal with standing or on the ground (6 TKO/KOs, 3 Subs).
Like striking? Well, this matchup would be would be amazing. We’ve seen Cosmo Alexandre fight Muay Thai, MMA, and Kickboxing over the years on AXS TV. Like his older brother, Chidi Njokuani possesses some of the best stand up in MMA. Put these two together and there will be no shortage of fireworks. It’s hard to imagine there would be any takedowns in this fight between Muay Thai specialists.
Personality goes a long way in this sport, why not pit a couple of great personalities against each other and let the sparks fly? Steven “Ocho” Peterson has been with Legacy for awhile now. Once upon a time he thrived on being the villain in the promotion. Lately, he’s focused on fighting and a four-fight win streak is the result. Melvin Blumer is one-half of the RFA’s “Bash Brothers.” Him and his identical twin Marvin, have become favorites in the promotion. This one has “brawl” written all over it!
With over 50 fighters sent to the UFC from the two promotions, the two have gained a reputation for finding and developing future stars. Why not put two such talents against one another? Neither one of these fighters are old enough to rent a car, but both up-and-comers can strike! At just 21, Caio Machado has already had a shot at the Legacy Title (he lost to Thomas Almeida, now with the UFC). Boston Salmon (24) has only three pro fights but has UFC written all over him. This one will be another crowd pleaser for the striking lovers out there.
How about some bigger guys on the next RFA vs. Legacy Card? With 10 fights in the Legacy promotion it makes a lot of sense to have Larry Crowe as part of the team. Both Crowe and Andrew Sanchez are coming off loses in title fights, what better way to bounce back than on the big stage of a promotion vs. promotion event!
Yes, there is quite a discrepancy in the records between Justin Rader and Abel Cullum, but when this fight goes to the ground, that goes out the window. What Rader lacks in experience in MMA, he more than makes up for in grappling. Rader is a very decorated BJJ black belt under Rafael Lovato Jr. Meanwhile, Cullum returned to MMA last year after a three year layoff. Cullum is a King of the Cage and Dream veteran and has 13 submission wins on his record. This one should be quite a chess match.
We saw two flyweight match ups in the first RFA vs. Legacy event last week, with the promotions splitting the series. Matt Manzanares is the former RFA Flyweight Champ, losing to current champ Alexandre Pantoja at RFA 18. He’s a had rough stretch since losing his title, but he still possesses great striking. Jason Sampson made his Legacy debut in February and won in just 96 seconds.
We saved our biggest dream for last. Josh Copeland is the former RFA Heavyweight Champion, he left for the UFC and after 2 losses finds himself back on the market. “Cuddly Bear” would have to return to the RFA to make this happen, which again makes this our biggest dream matchup. Cody East is the current Legacy Champion and possibly the best heavyweight prospect around.
A boy can dream right?
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