The RFA held their first event in New Mexico Friday, and it was quite possibly the most entertaining card of the year. Right away RFA 18 delivered 3 first round finishes! Justin Linn won in the first fight of the night after Abel Cruz broke his leg throwing a kick. Mehdi Baghdad and Brenda Gonzales both followed up with their own first round stoppages. In the Feature Bout, Chidi Njokuani put on a 3-Round striking clinic against Steve Hanna, picking him apart with jabs and leg kicks. The Co-Main Event saw the return of DREAM vet Abel Cullum, who fought and won in his first fight in almost 3 years. In the Main Event, the Flyweight Title and a possible UFC call was on the line. Defending champ Matt Manzanares was impressive in the first round, even landing a nasty uppercut. The tables were turned in Round 2 though, as Brazilian Alexandre Pantoja was able to slap on a Rear Naked Choke and take the RFA Flyweight Title.
Here are the highlights:
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