We’ve got the ProMMAnow.com (www.prommanow.com) crew on the scene in Las Vegas tonight for Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) 4. Our boys Drew and Anton will be hitting up the post-fight video interviews while I tend to play-by-play duty via the AXStv broadcast nearly 3,000 miles away in the comfort of my home. That’s how we do it son!
RFA 4 goes down this evening at the Dallas Event Center inside Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel. The event kicks off at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT local time) and features a lightweight main event between UFC vets Tyson Griffin vs. Efrain Escudero. The AXStv broadcast begins at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT).
There are two UFC fighters’ brothers on this card; Chidi Njokuani and Sergio Pettis – both very talented up-and-comers and we’ve also got 2008 Olympic wrestler Steve Mocco making his pro MMA debut against former University of Missouri wrestler Tyler Perry, who is 2-0 under the RFA banner (1 am, 1 pro).
RFA 4 quick results:
- (155) Tyson Griffin def. Efrain Escudero by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
- (170) Chidi Njokuani def. Phil Dace by TKO (punches) Rd 3 (0:41)
- (265) Marcio Cruz def. Joe Yager by submission (inverted triangle) Rd 2 (4:16)
- (145) Lance Palmer def. Fredson Paixao by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- (155) James Krause def. Guilherme Trindade by TKO (strikes) Rd 1 (:31)
- (155) Dakota Cochrane def. Derrick Burnsed by submission (armbar) Rd 1 (4:38)
- (135) Sergio Pettis def. Jimmy Jones by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- (135) Chris Holdsworth def. Tyler Shinn by submission (triangle choke) Rd 2 (1:32)
- (265) Steve Mocco def. Tyler Perry by submission (kimura) Rd 2 (1:34)
- (135) Cory Galloway def. Jerry Shapiro by TKO (punches) Rd 2 (3:15)
- (155) Jordan Isordia def. Joey Angelo by unanimous decision
RFA 4 play-by-play:
Tyson Griffin vs. Efrain Escudero
Round 1 – Effy with the slight height advantage. Griffin ducks a one two, dodges a leg kick from Efrain. Leg kick and a knee from Efrain. Big right from Griffin backs him up. Griffin with a takedown. Efrain looks for the armbar. Griffin escapes, Efrain now has full guard closed. Punches to the ribs of Efrain. Heels to the kidneys from Efrain. Nice up kick from Efrain as Griffin postures up. He pushes Efrain to the cage, postures up with punches, tries to pass. Efrain locks up the armbar, very deep, goes belly down. Griffin escapes. Griffin with a leg kick, Effy checks it, ouch that hurts. Big right from Griffin. Leg kick. Uppercut from Efrain. He shoots for a double. Griffin stops it. Big one two from Effy as he backs out. Right from Griffin. Leg kick from Efrain. Thigh kick from Griffin. Left from Griffin, he shoots. Efrain jumps into a guillotine. Griffin pulls out and attacks before the bell. Wow! Close fight. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Griffin — but I would not argue if you scored it for Efrain.
Round 2 – Liver kick from Griffin. Front kick right to the chin from Griffin. Beautiful. Snapped Effy’s head back. Inside leg kick from Griffin. They clinch, Knee from Griffin and a right on the break. Leg kick from Effy. Nice left jab from Griffin. Efrain presses him to the cage. Griffin turns him around and puts him on his back. Up kick from Efrain. Griffin postures up with a few right hands, inside the guard of Efrain. Drops a few elbows. Efrain throws up for an armbar. Griffin not really doing any damage but staying busy and holding him down. PMN scores the round 10-9 Griffin. Wish this was five rounds.
Round 3 – Effy ducks a big right. Griffin tries to shoot, stuffed. Leg kick from Effy. Knee from the clinch from Efrain. Griffin shoots, grabs a single. Effy defends. Body shots from Griffin. Couple knees from Efrain from the clinch. They square up. Couple knees from Effy. Overhand right from Griffin, puts Effy on his back. Tyson in half guard, drops a couple elbows. He moves to side control with under 3:00 to go. Effy recovers full guard. Looks for an armbar, goes belly down. Griffin turns and escapes. Griffin goes for a guillotine, Griffin pops his head out. 2:00 to go. Now in half guard, Griffin staying busy with light punches. Effy gives up his back. Gets to his feet. Griffin with a body lock from the back. Big knee to the thigh from Griffin. Effy looks for a guillotine, too sweaty, Griffin pops out, gets a brief takedown. Effy gets Griffin to the mat after a slip. Griffin holding his leg, punches to the body from Effy. PMN scores the round 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Griffin.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Tyson Griffin def. Efrain Escudero by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Chidi Njokuani vs. Phil Dace
Round 1 – Dace tries to shoot, shoved aside. Leg kick from Chidi. Dace gives a low kick that rides high. Time called. Leg kick inside from Chidi. They clinch. Knee from Chidi. Dace presses him to the cage, knees to the thigh. Chidi turns him to the cage, they trade knees. Dace drops levels for a single, Chidi gives a big knee to the body. Dace gives another low blow and referee Kim Winslow takes a point away. Front kick from Chidi, again. Again, leg kick. Leg kick Dace. Head kick from Chidi. Again. Chidi slips and rips a right left right, and a leg kick. Front kick does not land. Front kick to the groin from Chidi and time is called. It wasn’t even to the groin the replay shows. Leg kick Chidi. Dace returns same. Chidi clinches, knee to the body, more. Dace retreats. Leg kick from Chidi. Dace with a one two. Front kick from Chidi. Chidi slips a couple punches, gives a huge body kick, leg kick, front kick. PMN scores the round 10-8 for Njokuani (point deduction).
Round 2 – Couple leg kicks and a body kick from Njokuani. Body kick, another one, big one! Right hand and a leg kick right behind it knocks Dace off balance. Chidi looks like Anderson Silva in there. Very technical. Body kick and a right elbow from Chidi. Dace tentative. Front kick from Chidi. Left right body kick. Right counter, catches a leg and punches him. Dace with an inside leg kick. Chidi dumps him on his back, hammerfists him, lets him up just in time for a body kick. Leg kick. Dace cut under his eye. Dace tries something strange and slips to the ground. Dace lands another low blow. Ref calls for scissors to cut some tape. Dace gets another warning for the low blows. One two, leg kick from Chidi knocks Dace flat on his face. Huge body kick from Chidi. Chidi catches a kick, sweeps the back leg. It’s like Spider Silva vs. Forrest Griffin at this point. Chidi is just on another level. Leg kick and a right hand from Chidi. Dace has NOTHING to offer. PMN scores the round 10-9 Chidi.
Round 3 – Right hand from Chidi. Leg kick inside. Huge right hook drops Dace, postures over him with several right hands and Kim Winslow has seen enough. My god… UFC needs to sign Chidi Njokuani right now! This dude is baaaaad.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Chidi Njokuani def. Phil Dace by TKO (punches) Rd 3 (0:41)
Marcio Cruz vs. Joe Yager
Round 1 – Leg kick from Cruz. Yager with one in return inside. Right hand from Cruz. Yager presses him to the cage, couple of knees to the thighs. More knees. Knee from Cruz. Knee from Yager. More knees from both. Ref separates them. Big inside leg kick from Cruz, Yager with one in return. They trade leg kicks again. Yager presses him to the cage with one minute to go. They trade knees. Ref separates them again. Yager ducks a punch and puts Cruz on his back. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Yager.
Round 2 – Body jab and a leg kick from Yager, again. He slips a punch from Cruz, gives him a knee to the body and Yager presses him to the cage once again. Foot stomps from Yager. Cruz with a knee and some dirty boxing. Knees to the thighs from Yager. Ref separates them. Front kick from Cruz. Leg kick Yager, he shoots for a single, stuffed. He presses Cruz to the cage. Foot stomps from Yager. Knee from Cruz. Ref separates them again. Big inside leg kick from Cruz. Big inside leg kick from Yager. Couple of big punches from Cruz, nothing lands too solid but it forces Yager to shoot. Cruz locks him in an inverted triangle while Yager is looking for the takedown. What a beautiful setup, they roll over and Yager taps out. Holy crap that was amazing! Submission of the month nominee FOR SURE, maybe of the year!
OFFICIAL RESULT: Marcio Cruz def. Joe Yager by submission (inverted triangle) Rd 2 (4:16)
Yager was heard saying to his corner, “I didn’t know what to do, man.”
Fredson Paixao vs. Lance Palmer
Round 1 – Leg kick inside from Palmer. High kick from Palmer. Inside leg kick from Paixao. Palmer gives one back. Paixao tries a spinning leg sweep, misses. Blocks Palmer’s high kick. Left from Palmer. Inside leg kick from Paixao. Palmer gets a takedown. Paixao landing strikes off his back. Palmer postures up with some nice punches. Paixao goes for a leg and Palmer pulls out and stands. Paixao stands. Palmer with another takedown after exchanging strikes. Paixao gets back to his feet. Leg kick inside from Palmer. Paixao catches a kick, tries to dump him. Paixao goes for another spinning leg sweep, misses. PMN scores it 10-9 Palmer.
Round 2 – One two from Paixao, Palmer shoots under, big slam from Palmer after being held in a guillotine. Palmer on top in half guard. Butterflies from Paixao gets Palmer off him. Palmer stands over the downed Paixao and kicks at his legs. Nice left from Palmer connects, puts Paixao on his back. Paixao with full closed guard. Ref tells them to stay busy. Palmer not doing much from the top. Ref stands them up. Leg kick inside from Palmer. Paixao gives him one back. Front kick from Palmer. Big inside leg kick from Paixao. Another one, another. Palmer puts Paixao on his back. Paixao goes for a leg but Palmer escapes. Palmer goes for a heel but eats some punches before the bell. PMN scores it 10 Palmer.
Round 3 – Touch gloves. High kick from Palmer, front kick. He ducks under and puts Paixao on his back. Paixao was holding a guillotine but Palmer pops his head out, now on top. Paixao with a half butterfly guard. Now full guard. Elbow from off his back from Paixao and it opens Palmer up as he drips blood everywhere with 3 minutes to go. Paixao continues to elbow Palmer’s head. Paixao is beating him up off his back really. Palmer’s face is a bloody mess. Elbow from Palmer. He’s staying just busy enough from the top but doing no damage. Paixao tries to sweep with butterflies. Huge cut on the bridge of Palmer’s nose. Paixao is to his feet. 30 seconds to go. Body shot from Palmer. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Paixao and the fight 29-28 for Palmer.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Lance Palmer def. Fredson Paixao by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
James Krause vs. Guilherme Trindade
Round 1 – Trindade tags him with a right. Krause lands a head kick, seems to stun Trindade even though he catches it. Krause lands a right on the chin, followed by a left to the chin and Trindade goes down and this fight is done. The ref stops it.
OFFICIAL RESULT: James Krause def. Guilherme Trindade by TKO (strikes) Rd 1 (:31)
Dakota Cochrane vs. Derrick Burnsed
Round 1 – Right from Cochrane. Leg kick from Burnsed. Inside leg kick and a left from Cochrane. Nice combo. Jumping knee and a right from Cochrane. Burnsed shoots. Cochrane with a big takedown but gets caught in a guillotine. Gives a thumbs up but it’s a tight choke. Cochrane pops his head out, now inside full guard. Body shots and punches from Cochrane. Burnsed throws up for an armbar but eats some big elbows. Burnsed punching from off his back. Cochrane moves to half guard, looks to mount but Burnsed has one, now two butterflies. Burnsed scrambles and Cochrane jumps on his back with one hook in. Burnsed slides out but Cochrane has his arm with just under 30 seconds. Burnsed taps out.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Dakota Cochrane def. Derrick Burnsed by submission (armbar) Rd 1 (4:38)
Sergio Pettis vs. Jimmy Jones
Round 1 – Jones has the height advantage. Jones flashes a front kick. Right from Jones. High kick from JOnes, a right, left. He is so long and tall, big reach from Jones. Leg kick from Pettis. Question mark kick from Jones to the body. Right from Jones. Nice leg kick from Pettis. Front kick Jones. High kick Pettis. Jab from Jones. Nice front kick and a left from Pettis, leg kick follows. Inside leg kick from Jones. Jones with a left but Sergio counters with a one two, leg kick. Left counter from Jones. Leg kick from Pettis. High kick from Jones. Left from Jones. Left from Pettis. Pettis catches a kick, kicks the back leg. Leg kick Pettis, jab. Pettis backs him up with an uppercut and a combo, leg kick. He’s found his groove now. Body shot from Sergio. My god Ryan Couture is rocking the most awesome mustache. Jump spinning round kick to the head from Sergio is partially blocked. Close round. I think Pettis came back although Jones was definitely winning the first minute or two. PMN scores the round 10-9 Pettis. Miletich gave the round to Jones. No argument here.
Round 2 – Pettis stalking. Front kick to the thigh from Jones. Front kick to the chest, leg kick, head kick. Jones switching it up nicely. Leg kick Pettis. Leg kick, front kick from Jones. Pettis tags him with a few punches. Jones doesn’t seem to take shots as well as Pettis. Body kick from Jones. Left left right from Pettis. Pettis catches a kick and dumps Jones on his butt. Lets him up. Leg kick Pettis. Body kick Pettis. Pettis smells blood as a cut is opened and lands some punches and a leg kick. Pettis’ face is busted up a bit too from all of Jones’ jabs. Front kick Jones. Leg kick Pettis. Right from Pettis. Pettis stalking with punches. Right hook from Jones. One two from Jones, he shoots, stuffed. Pettis backs him up with punches. Leg kick Jones. Beautiful pinning hook kick from Pettis catches Jones behind the head and knocks Jones on his butt. PMN scores the round 10-9 Pettis.
Round 3 – Leg kick and punches from Pettis. Head kick from Pettis. Head kick from Jones. Jones has forgot about his jab and it’s costing him the fight. High kick from Jones blocked. Pettis walking him down, body kick. Left right from Pettis, uppercut from Jones rocks Pettis’ head back but he just keeps coming forward. Leg kick from Pettis rises high and to the groin of JOnes. Ref calls time as Jones tries to regain his senses. Leg kick from Jones. Pettis clinches. Body kick from Jones. Two rights from Pettis scores and Jones is bleeding under his left eye. Left from Pettis. Jones shoots, stuffed. Jones beats his chest and calls Pettis on. Pettis fires off and lands some punches. Pettis with a knee and more punches. Pettis’ boxing getting the better of Jones as Jones tries to keep out of the way. Pettis drops Jones with a beautiful right head kick with seconds left in the bout. PMN scores the round 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Pettis.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Sergio Pettis def. Jimmy Jones by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)