Andrew Sanchez Bloodies John Poppie to Claim the Middleweight Title | RFA 28 Results & Highlights

Local Prospects Put on a Show in the “Show Me State”

The RFA stopped in St. Louis for the first time Friday and the local talent made the most of their time in the spotlight.

In the main event St. Louis native and RFA regular Andrew “El Dirte” Sanchez got a second chance at the middleweight strap. After being knocked out by Kevin Casey in his last title shot over a year ago, Sanchez delivered his most impressive performance to date. Through a little over 3 rounds, Sanchez showcased his improved striking, battering and bloodying John Poppie before getting the TKO victory and title.

Also on the card, Kevin Porter (also from St. Louis) edged former RFA flyweight champ Matt Manzanares via split decision in the co-main event. And with UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes in his corner, Adam Osmoe impressed with a first round submission against Jimmy Donahue. Osmoe, who’s fight was originally scheduled for the undercard, made the most of his TV time slamming his opponent (in Matt Hughes fashion) three times before getting the rear-naked choke.

Here are the highlights:

  • Andrew Sanchez def. John Poppie via TKO 1:53 Rnd 3
  • Ken Porter def. Matt Manzanares via Split Decision (30-27 28-29 29-28)
  • Thiago Moises def. Javon Wright via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 2:10 Rnd 2
  • Jake Roberts def. Chuka Willis via Unanimous Decision (29-28 30-27 30-27)
  • Adam Osmoe def. Jimmy Donahue via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 3:27 Rnd 1
  • Travis Draper def. Joe Valadez via Split Decision (29-28 28-29 30-27)

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