Resurrection Fighting Alliance heads to Colorado tonight for RFA 7 “Thatch vs. Rhodes” at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield. Brandon ‘Ruckus’ Thatch takes on short notice replacement Mike “Biggie” Rhodes in the night’s welterweight main event live on AXStv.
Local fighter Jeremy Kimball will face Chidi Njokuani in a middleweight match-up in the night’s co-main event. Eleven fights are on the card that features a strong showing of Denver area fighters. In the lone female bout on the card Kentucky’s Gina Begley, who is also host of Pro WMMA Now! Radio, will meet local undefeated prospect Shannon Culpepper in an amateur affair on the undercard.
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RFA 7 quick results:
MAIN CARD (AXStv 10 p.m. ET)
- Brandon Thatch def. Mike Rhodes by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 1 (2:22)
- Jeremy Kimball def. Chidi Njokuani by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 2 (1:51)
- Mirsad Bektic def. Nick Macias by TKO (punches ) Rd 1 (1:57)
- Billy Colon def. Vinnie Lopez by submission (armbar) Rd 3 (1:12)
- Tommy Thompson def. Joey Banks by knockout (punch) Rd 1 (0:20)
- Zac Chavez def. Danny Mainus by split decision ( 29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Not Televised)
- Allen Washington def. Jose Keven Hernandez by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Gina Begley def. Shannon Culpepper by submission (guillotine choke) Rd 2 (0:51)
- Carlos Huerta def. Jason Huntley by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Jared Deaguero def. William Gravely by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Josh Smith def. Toby Lopez by submission (calf crusher) Rd 1 (:59)
RFA 7 play-by-play:
Danny Mainus (6-0) vs. Zac Chavez (1-0)
Round 1 – Mainus fights out of Grudge Training Center and is the favorite, of course. One two from Mainus, Chavez gets the takedown. Mainus gets up but eats a cupole knees and Mainus puts Chavez on his back; now inside Chavez’s guard and looks for a gogoplata but gives up on the attempt. Mainus working the ground and pound. Chavez with an active guard, throws up for an armbar but switches to a triangle attempt. Mainus moves to side control. Nice sweep from Chavez and gets to his feet; lands a knee as Mainus puts him to the cage. One knee from Mainus, two in return from Chavez and Mainus backs out to the center. They trade punches, clinch, knees from both guys and Mainus presses him to the cage. Knee from Chavez and a left hand on the break. Clinch, Mainus goes for a jab-whizzer, but gives up position and Chavez takes his back with both hooks in. Under a minute to go as Chavez looks for the choke. They go belly down. Mainus doesn’t have much of a neck Pat Miletich points out. Chavez softens him up with punches but can’t find the choke. PMN has it 10-9 for Chavez.
Round 2 – Touch gloves, Chavez shoots, gets the takedown, Mainus tries to lock up a guillotine but lets it go, and gets back to his feet, jab then a leg kick, they both take pokes to the eye and time-out is called. Leg kick from Mainus, but eats a counter right. Chavez takes a low blow, but doesn’t need the time out. Nice jab from Chavez, right hand. Body kick from Mainus but pays for it with a right. Clinch, knee from Mainus, right elbow from the clinch. Again. He presses Chavez to the corner, drops levels and gets the takedown, now inside Chavez’s full guard. Chavez goes for an armbar but one of his own arms is caught in between Mainus’ calf/thigh and he eats some punches and lets go his armbar attempt as he eats shots. Chavez goes for another armbar, switches to a triangle. Mainus escapes and they both stand up. Mainus presses him to the cage, lands a right elbow, knee from Chavez, again, again. Elbow from Mainus, knee from Chavez, again, again, again. PMN sees it 10-9 for Chavez.
Round 3 – Mainus gets a takedown as he ducks under a punch. Chavez goes for an armbar, Mainus defends. Chavez landing small punches and elbows off his back. Mainus staying active with small hammerfists and body shots. Mainus bleeding pretty heavily from the top. Chavez is slicing him up from the bottom. This is the craziest battle I’ve seen with two guys in this position. A full on boxing match and it stays like this the rest of the round. PMN sees it 10-9 Maimus and the fight 29-28 for Chavez.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Zac Chavez def. Danny Mainus by split decision ( 29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Tommy Thompson (4-0) vs. Joey Banks (2-0)
Round 1 -Banks runs toward Thompson with a leaping kick attempt. Outside leg kick from Banks. Thompson Leg kick from Banks. Banks fakes a Superman punch, then hops forward telegraphing a kick and eats a right hand and goes down and out. One punch and it’s over. Big knockout win for Tommy Thompson.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Tommy Thompson def. Joey Banks by knockout (punch) Rd 1 (0:20)
Vinnie Lopez (5-3) vs. Billy Colon (4-4)
Round 1 – Leg kick from Lopez, another. Leg kick from Colon. Leg kick Lopez. Leg kick inside from Colon. One two three from Lopez. Body shot from Lopez. Leg kick from Colon. One two, body kick from Lopez. Big leg kick from Lopez. Leg kick from Colon. Lopez with a leg kick. Left hook from Lopez. One two from Colon. One two leg kick from Lopez. PMN sees it 10-9 Lopez.
Round 2 – Leg kick Colon. Front kick. Leg kick Colon. Nice knee and a right from Lopez stuns Colon. Leg kick Colon. Thai clinch and a knee to the chin stuns Colon. He shakes it off. Liver kick from Lopez and Colon continues moving forward. They trae in the pocket. Left jab from Lopez, Colon stalking. Right from Lopez. Left hook. Leg kick. Right hand from Lopez. Right from Colon. Big punch combo from Lopez backs Colon straight back. Body clinch from Colon. He breaks free, jab. Colon shoots. Stuffed. Bell. PMN has it 10-9 Lopez.
Round 3 – Big left from Lopez, but Colon returns with a couple big shots of his own. He’s stalking, knowing he’s behind. Lopez puts him on his back. Colon looking for a triangle, lands some punches off his back. Lopez defends. Colon switches to an armbar and Lopez taps out. Wow! Great comeback from Colon.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Billy Colon def. Vinnie Lopez by submission (armbar) Rd 3 (1:12)
Mirsad Bektic (5-0) vs. Nick Macias (6-2)
Round 1 – Right hand from Bektic, again. Big takedown to follow. Bektic on top in half guard working the ground and pound. Bektic opens him up with punch after punch, the blood is flowing and the ref is forced to step in and stop it as Macias is unable to escape the pounding. Keep an eye on Mirsad Bektic, who trains out of American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fla.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Mirsad Bektic def. Nick Macias by TKO (punches ) Rd 1 (1:57)
Chidi Njokuani (9-4) vs. Jeremy Kimball (9-3)
Round 1 – Kimball comes in with punches, they clinch up. big knee from Chidi as they wrestle in the clinch, Chidi puts him on his back. Kimball goes for an armbar, Chidi mounts him. Kimball gives up his back. Chidi sinks in the hooks, they roll to their back as Chidi looks for the choke. Kimball gets to his feet. Chidi uses a standing kimura to put him back down. Chidi drops some elbows from top position. Kimball gets to his knees then feet, gets a body lock on Chidi, foot stomp. Chidi hits the switch, knee to the body. Kimball hits the switch and gets a body lock from the back, knee to thigh with under a minute to go. Kimball releases and unloads a couple punches. Chidi escapes to the center. Kimball bum rushes Chidi, shoots for the takedown but Chidi defends. PMN sees it 10-9 Chidi.
Round 2 – Chidi ducks a right. Flying knee from Kimball, he puts on the pressure as Chidi tries to hit him coming in but ends up on his back. Kimball inside full guard. Chidi breathing hard in the Colorado elevation. Chidi tries getting up but Kimball jumps on his back, pulls him down with hooks in and looking for the choke. Kimball tries to mount, they roll and Chidi taps out. Wow! Big upset win by Jeremy Kimball. It was his constant pressure that made the difference. He didn’t give Chidi a chance to breathe and get his striking off.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Jeremy Kimball def. Chidi Njokuani by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 2 (1:51)
Brandon Thatch vs. Mike Rhodes
Round 1 – Body kick from Thatch. Rhodes returns a kick to the kidneys’ clinch, Thatch with a knee. He presses Rhodes to the cage. Rhodes backs out. Crescent kick from Thatch stuns Rhodes. Rhodes shoots and puts Thatch down. Thatch gets up and puts Rhodes on his back. Thatch on top in half guard, drops an elbow and hammerfist. Rhodes gives up his back, Thatch with both hooks in, goes for the choke. Rhodes taps and this fight is over.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Brandon Thatch def. Mike Rhodes by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 1 (2:22)