The RFA is back in Sioux Falls tonight and once again they’re bringing an exciting card featuring local prospects, a battle of two countries, UFC fighters as coaches, and a title fight.
The RFA held the first ever sanctioned event in South Dakota almost exactly a year ago. Tonight will make the second event since then that the RFA has returned to Sioux Falls. As with every RFA event, local prospects get the opportunity to shine on TV. This week it’s Devin Clark (4-0) and Jordon Larson (6-1). Clark is a former NJCAA wrestling champ, making his first appearance on a main card. He’ll face Dervin Lopez (7-2) in the second fight of the night. This will be the third RFA appearance for Sioux Falls native Jordon Larson, he’s fought on both of the RFA’s previous South Dakota cards. He gets his biggest opportunity to date tonight as he squares off with undefeated Brazilian Ackson Junior (5-0) in the co-main event.
RFA president Ed Soares has strong ties with Brazilian fighters and tonight the RFA is pitting fighters from the U.S. and Brazil against each other in four of tonight’s six match-ups. Tonight’s USA vs. Brazil match-ups feature Joey Miolla (5-1) vs. Pedro Falcao (6-1), former RFA bantamweight title contender Terrion Ware (13-4) vs. Leandro Higo (13-2), Jordon Larson (6-1) vs. Ackson Junior (5-0) and Ricky Musgrave (14-4) vs. Raoni Barcelos (8-1). Making things even more interesting, UFC fighters Robbie Lawler and Lyoto Machida will serve as honorary coaches. Which brings us to…
With 66 professional MMA fights between the two of them, UFC welterweight champ Robbie Lawler and Lyoto Machida have a lot to offer for up-and-coming prospects. Both fighters will be a part of the USA vs. Brazil festivities as Lawler coaches Team USA and Machida serves as honorary coach for Team Brazi at RFA 29.
For the third time, the RFA featherweight title is on the line in Sioux Falls. In the previous two trips, Justin Lawrence (now with Bellator) won and then defended the featherweight title. Tonight Ricky Musgrave (14-4) will take on Raoni Barcelos (8-1) in the main event for the vacated title. Musgrave is a former Army Ranger coming off a TKO win at RFA 22 in January and Barcelos is a BJJ black belt with five TKO/KO victories, including a knockout back in February at RFA 23.
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