Prospects Fired Up for Resurrection Fighting Alliance 9

MMA isn’t only taking place in Boston this weekend.  In fact, just 40 miles west from where the last major MMA event was being held, just 6 days later, Resurrection Fighting Alliance will be holding their 9th event.  And WOW….is it a good one.  When you go down the list of fights put together for this event, you can definitely understand why Scott Cutbirth was appointed as RFA’s match maker.

RFA 9 takes place tomorrow, August 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California at the StubHub Center.  The Main Card starts at 10pm EST and studs a better than average Main Event. The main event features a bantamweight championship bout between Jeff Curran (35-15-1) vs. Pedro Munhoz (8-0) for RFA’s vacant bantamweight title.

Curran, a much experienced veteran, has competed against some of the best the game has to offer in his career in the UFC and WEC.  Curran has gone toe-to-toe with the likes of Uriah Faber, Scott Jorgensen, Mike Brown, Joseph Benavidez, and Takeya Mizugaki and stood his ground in the process.  Out of 35 victories, 19 of those victories come by way of submission.

Munhoz, on the other hand, is a fast rising star.  An RFA veteran in the 5th and 8th installment of the promotion, has 5 of his 8 victories by way of submission and no blemishes.  Oh, did I forget to mention?  He also trained out of the Black House and Kings MMA.

As for the rest of the card, here’s the rest of the main card that will flip the switch to beast mode tomorrow night:

Kevin Casey (5-3) vs. Casey Ryan (5-0)
Brian Ortega (6-0) vs. Jordan Rinaldi (6-1)
Steve Mocco (2-0) vs. Lew Polley (12-4)
Alan Jouban (6-1) vs. Chris Spang (5-2)
Matt Manzanares (4-1) vs. Steve Swanson (10-1)

Prelims:
Justine Kish (1-0) vs. Christine Stanely (1-0)
RJ Clifford (4-2) vs. James Moontasri (4-1)
Nick Jordan (2-1) vs. Perceu Friza (1-0)

And I was writing this, I got word that all fighters are on weight. This card full of wicked prospects is on.  One thing that I absolutely appreciate about this promotion, is they proudly accept their role as a company who builds prospects, and you should appreciate it as well.  It’s that type of attitude that will give them longevity.

RFA 9 can be seen tomorrow night on AXS TV at 10pm EST

(Video) Marcus Kowal on UFC Fight Night 26

Marcus Kowal gives his thoughts about UFC on Fox Sports 1: Shogun vs Sonnen taking place this weekend, August 17th.

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
•Mauricio Rua vs. Chael Sonnen
•Travis Browne vs. Alistair Overeem
•Yuri Alcantara vs. Urijah Faber
•Matt Brown vs. Mike Pyle
•Uriah Hall vs. John Howard
•Michael Johnson vs. Joe Lauzon

UFC Fight Nights get NEW home as FOX debuts FS1

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Fans eagerly wait as FOX prepares to debut its new 24 hour sports channel this Saturday appointing the Ultimate Fighting Championship to help christen the launch of FOX Sports 1. Never one to shy away from their “Ask and you shall receive.” mantra the UFC has put together a jam packed fight card that takes place live on August 17th from TD Garden in Boston. Headlining UFC Fight Night 26 will be a mix martial arts fan’s dream light-heavyweight matchup as Brazilian KO’ sensation Mauricio “Shogun” Rau looks to finally get his hands on the trash talking, self proclaimed “American Gangster” Chael Sonnen, also on the card is a heavyweight showdown between “The Demolition Man” Alistair Overeem who returns to action after a six month absence to take on the always dangerous Travis Browne in the nights co main event.

FULL UFC FIGHT NIGHT 26 FIGHT CARD:

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
•Mauricio Rua vs. Chael Sonnen
•Travis Browne vs. Alistair Overeem
•Yuri Alcantara vs. Urijah Faber
•Matt Brown vs. Mike Pyle
•Uriah Hall vs. John Howard
•Michael Johnson vs. Joe Lauzon

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 6 p.m. ET)
•Michael McDonald vs. Brad Pickett
•Max Holloway vs. Conor McGregor
•Mike Brown vs. Steven Siler
•Diego Brandao vs. Daniel Pineda

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 4:30 p.m. ET)
•Manny Gamburyan vs. Cole Miller
•Cody Donovan vs. Ovince St. Preux
•Ramsey Nijem vs. James Vick

Definitely a stacked line-up from the prelims all the way to the main card full of a long list of exciting fighters; Faber, Holloway, McGregor, Brown, Plye, Lauzon to name a few but no matter how you match them up it’s all can’t miss action going down this Saturday on FS1, channel um…umm.  I guess I shouldn’t feel too bad for not knowing, as Chael Sonnen told MMAjunkie.com in a recent phone interview that he too had trouble finding what channel to set his DVR to;

“When I went to work at ‘UFC Tonight’ a couple weeks ago, I said, ‘Hey, what channel is FS1 going to be on,’ and they didn’t know,” adding “They said it was a work in progress, and that was two weeks ago.”

The FOX network has long looked to launch a round the clock 24 hour sports broadcasting station to directly compete with ESPN and ESPN2, feeling that the time to do so is now by rebranding two of its existing channels.  So don’t fret fight fans instead of searching for entirely new channels in fear that you may be the only person on your block not enjoying the UFC this weekend, all you have to do is turn to a couple of current ones as Speed will now be known as FS1 and Fuel TV switches to FS2 respectively this coming Saturday. Check with your cable provider and make sure you do not miss any of the action!

This Fight is Not For You

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“If you didn’t like that fight, MMA is not for you.”

If you have a watched a card in the past couple years for any promotion, chances are you have heard some variation of that quote spoken by an announcer. It implies a certain lack of appreciation from a fan’s standpoint, and it also implies that they perhaps know a little more than you. And while from their point of view they probably think they are just scolding fans that were looking for a highlight reel knockout, they could not be more wrong.

The beauty in MMA lies in its variety. If you don’t like Jiu Jitsu, there are plenty of strikers that will keep you entertained. Wrestling more your thing? High level Olympic and collegiate champion wrestlers are as common as Dana White using four letter words. Some fans enjoy lengthy exchanges between fighters as opposed to one punch knockouts. Whatever type of fighting you prefer, MMA can deliver it. But the flip side to that has to also be true. You are going to get fights that you do not like, and that doesn’t make you any less of an MMA fan.

Even amongst fighters that have the same style such as the overused ‘striker’, there is great diversity. UFC on FOX 8 featured two back and forth brawls, yet they were both entirely different fights. Between Ed Herman and Trevor Smith you had constant back and forth punching, with both men landing more than a few blows that looked capable of ending the fight. While it featured a wild reckless style that saw plenty of power punches landing, there was very little in the way of defense from either fighter.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Demetrious Johnson and John Moraga squared off in the night’s main event in a more technically sound bout, but one that turned off some fans. Johnson and Moraga displayed great footwork and, and Johnson was also able to display great combinations. It didn’t have the drunken bar fight feel to it, but it did remind one of a great technical boxing match. Not every fighter has one punch knockout power, but that does not mean that they possess any less skill.

The point is that no matter what you are looking for you can find it in MMA. Not every fight is going to be a Griffin v. Bonnar, nor is every fight going to be Mir v. Cro Cop. The strength of MMA, and the reason we tune in even when an opponent seems hopelessly outmatched, is that anything can happen. Each of the disciplines of martial arts has their own competitions that only allow combat in their discipline. It may sound redundant to say that mixed martial arts brings all the disciplines together, but with the rainbow of options available to a fighter in an MMA match as opposed to in a Jiu Jitsu match is the best thing about MMA.

We are MMA fans because we like the variety, and because we like what types of fights all the disciplines at once produce. One of the most enjoyable things about MMA is sitting down with a group of friends who all appreciate different facets of the sport. We all love the knockout, but some can appreciate high level Jiu Jitsu when they see it. Some of us may come from a boxing background, and can appreciate great footwork and combos. The point is, whatever you enjoy chances are it will be there for your viewing pleasure at one point or another during the night, or even within one fight.

Appreciate whatever aspects of the sport you like, and boo for whatever you don’t like. Not only are you allowed to like or dislike whatever you want, you strengthen the sport by voicing your opinion. The diversity of MMA attracts all kinds of fans, and our common love for martial arts is what bonds us. Whether you are talking about the United States or your stock portfolio, diversity equals strength. Keep that in mind when someone tries to tell you that fight was not for you, or you are not a fan if you did not enjoy it. If you like any facet of martial arts, this fight is for you.