The card features several fighters who fought on the season premier of “The Ultimate Fighter Live” including Cochrane, James Krause and Jordan Rinaldi. Also on the card is up-and-coming top prospect Bubba Jenkins as well as Maurice Smith, who is 50-years-old.
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RFA 3 quick results:
- Dakota Cochrane def. Joe Stevenson by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 2 (1:04)
- Chidi Njokuani def. Bobby Cooper by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Bubba Jenkins def. Jesus Adame by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 1 (1:08)
Maurice Smith vs. Ryan Lopez(Bout scratched due to Lopez getting food poisoning.)
- James Krause def. Amir Khillah by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
- Jordan Rinaldi def. Mark Dickman by unanimous decision
- Nick Macias def. Sean Wilson by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 2 (1:03)
- Aaron Ely def. Matt Manzanares by submission (guillotine) Rd 2
- TJ Hepburn def. Jeremy Mier by TKO (strikes) Rd 1
- Carl Postma def. Anthony Alirez by KO (punch) Rd 1
RFA 3 play-by-play:
Jordan Rinaldi vs. Mark Dickman
Round 1 – Both men come out throwing leg kicks. Rinaldi is in the center as Dickman circles around. Both men still feeling each other out. Both guys are throwing strikes but nothing really connecting. Rinaldi throws a high kick that lands under the armpit of Dickman. Rinaldi throws another high kick that misses the mark. Rinaldi gets caught by a left hook by Dickman and Rinaldi goes down. Rinaldi grabs onto Dickman and avoids eating any more major punches. They’re back up now and exchanging. Rinaldi lands a few hard shots. Dickman shoots and gets Rinaldi in a guillotine but Rinaldi gets out. The horn sounds and that’s the end of the first round. Close round. PMN gives the slight edge to Dickman 10-9.
Round 2 – Rinaldi comes out swinging landing a right and missing an uppercut. Rinaldi goes for a head kick, but misses and falls to the ground but he gets right back up. Dickman is on the defensive so far in this round as Rinaldi continues to land much more than his opponent. Dickman looks much more tired than Rinaldi. Rinaldi hits a strong left to the body and Dickman collapses. Dickman is able to get back up and Rinaldi hits a knee to the body and Dickman doubles over. Rinaldi is swarming in the corner and Dickman gives up his back as they fall to the ground. Rinaldi is working on a rear-naked choke. It looks tight, but Dickman manages to get out. Dickman is holding onto a single leg and gives up a guillotine choke. Dickman gets out and now has full mount on Rinaldi as time expires. PMN scores round two for Rinaldi 10-9.
Round 3 – Both men start the round by exchanging punches. Dickman is countering some of Rinaldi’s combinations as Rinaldi stalks him down. Huge right hand catches Rinaldi. Rinaldi covers up and and survives on his feet before Dickman shoots. Rinaldi avoids the takedown and then tries for a takedown of his own. After some time the ref stands both men up after no activity. Dickman shoots for a single at the end of the round right before the bell sounds. This one is going to the judges. PMN scores the round for Rinaldi 10-9 and scores the fight 29-28 for Rinaldi.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Jordan Rinaldi def. Mark Dickman by unanimous decision
James Krause vs. Amir Khillah
Round 1 – Khillah comes out with an immediate high kick. Krause is against the cage dodging kicks and punches. Krause gets the takedown. Khillah eventually is able to use the cage to get back to his feet and both men are in the clinch. Now they’re back on their feet and Khillah starts throwing strikes and high kicks again. Krause connects with a left and Khillah rebounds. Krause is having the most success in the clinch and on the ground, but he does hit a front kick to the face of Khillah. Both men are landing big kicks and strikes. Khillah has a smile on his face as the two wrap up again. The horn signals the end of the first. PMN scores a close first round for Khillah 10-9.
Round 2 – Both men come out swinging. Khillah hits a axe kick and Krause enters the clinch. It looks like Khillah slips on the slick canvas and Krause gets on top. The ref calls a timeout as Krause gets hit by what is technically an illegal knee. Krause’s knees were on the ground and he got hit in the head from a knee as his hand touched the ground. Obviously unintentional and no point is deducted from Khillah. Now both men are on the ground. Khillah is on his back and Krause connects with some hammer-fists and strikes from the top. Krause has a tight choke sunk in, but Khillah gets out and briefly has control but gives his back to Krause. Krause looks for a guillotine but can’t get it in the closing seconds of round two. PMN scores the round for Krause 10-9.
Round 3 – Both men come out and exchange strikes and kicks to the body. Krause pushes Khillah against the cage briefly until both men separate and move back to the center. Khillah lands a couple punches and body kicks. Both men are back in the clinch against the cage as Krause lands a few punches to the body before the ref separates them. Khillah tries for a spinning back-fist and misses. Krause makes him pay and gets the takedown. Krause is on top looking for a guillotine. Khillah makes his way back to his feet and both men are once again pushed against the cage. The horn signals the end of round three. PMN scores the round for Krause 10-9 and has Krause winning the fight 29-28.
OFFICIAL RESULT: James Krause def. Amir Khillah by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Bubba Jenkins vs. Jesus Adame
Round 1 – Jenkis instantly goes for the takedown and he slams Adame hard to the mat. Jenkins is swarming on Adame as he lands some nasty strikes from the top. Jenkins takes Adame’s back and gets the quick submission win.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Bubba Jenkins def. Jesus Adame by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 1 (1:08)
Bobby Cooper vs. Chidi Njokuani
Round 1 – Both men touch gloves before they begin trading punches and kicks to find their range. Njokuani hits a head kick on Cooper and both men clinch against the cage. Njokuani is defending well against the takedown as his back is pushed against the cage. Cooper switches from a single to a double but still can’t get the takedown. They switch positions and Njokuani is able to get the takedown. Cooper is on his back against the cage as Njokuani hits some nasty elbows. Now Njokuani is raining down strikes but Cooper is able to get out. Njokuani is cut over the eye as the horn sounds. PMN scores the round for Njokuani 10-9.
Round 2 – The round begins with a couple inside leg kicks from Njokuani and a nice counter from Cooper. Cooper remains in the center of the cage as Njokuani circles around. Cooper pushes Njokuani against the fence and throws some good punches before the two clinch. Cooper keeps trying for a takedown but Njokuani is defending well and throwing some body punches as well. Cooper continues to work hard for a takedown and Njokuani is able to switch it around and get the takedown on Cooper. Njokuani is now in Cooper’s side guard. Njokuani lands some knees into the side of Cooper as the two are pushed up against the cage. Njokuani lands a knee to the head as Cooper tries to get to his feet. Ref calls a timeout. Looking at the replay it’s razor close, but it looks like Cooper had his hand up right before the knee hit. Round ends. Cooper is showing a lot of heart, but Njokuani so far has had his number. PMN scores the second for Njokuani 10-9.
Round 3 – Both men trade strikes and Njokuani is able to get Cooper down. From the top Njokuani lands body shots and short elbows to Cooper. Njokuani hits some knees to the body as he tries to get Cooper’s back but isn’t successful. Njokuani hits some more short elbows to the side of the head. Cooper continues to work off his back, but Njokuani is just proving to be too much. Njokuani continues to land strikes and short elbows. Looks like Cooper will make it to the decision as Njokuani tries for a guillotine right before the horn sounds. PMN score the round for Njokuani 10-9 and has Njokuani winning the fight 30-27.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Chidi Njokuani def. Bobby Cooper by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Joe Stevenson vs. Dakota Cochrane
Round 1 – Both men come out trading kicks and strikes. Stevenson tries for a takedown and can’t get it. Tries again and pushes Cochrane against the cage. Both men continue to work against the cage. Cochrane lands a couple shots to the face of Stevenson. While it doesn’t look like much is going on both men are continuing to battle for position and Cochrane is finally able to get Stevenson on his back. Cochrane now starts throwing some shots to the body and Stevenson gets a sweep. Cochrane gets quickly to his feet and throws one final huge right from the top before the horn sounds. PMN score the first round for Cochrane 10-9.
Round 2 – Cochrane lands a couple big knees to start the round and gets Stevenson’s back. Cochrane has a rear-naked choke that looks deep, but Stevenson survives. Cochrane is able to get Stevenson’s back for a second time and gets the rear-naked choke again. This one does it. Cochrane submits Stevenson.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Dakota Cochrane def. Joe Stevenson by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 2 (1:04)