Bellator 82 is not the only MMA event on TV this Friday night. For those of you looking for something else to watch, Resurrection Fighting Alliance 5 takes place on AXS TV and looks to build on the exciting success of Score Fighting Series on the same network last Friday night. If you recall, RFA is the outfit for which “Manager of the Brazilian Stars” Ed Soares serves as president. With all of these bald MMA presidents who like to wear button-down shirts it makes me wonder if I am missing the boat by having hair.
The card is not filled with as many “known” names as Resurrection Fighting Alliance 4 was earlier this month, as that offering featured UFC vets Tyson Griffin, Efrain Escudero, Pe De Pano and others. At the same time, tonight’s card has some exciting prospects, and the potential to feature a couple of good scraps and fun fights, which is all anyone could want if they don’t have other plans on a Friday.
The main event is for the RFA Featherweight Title between Bellator vet Jared Downing and Jordan Rinaldi. Rinaldi is undefeated as a pro at 6-0, and was in the group of 32 looking to get into the house during The Ultimate Fighter season 15. Four of Rinaldi’s six wins have come via submission, and one is a victory over current UFC featherweight Dennis Bermudez. This should be a good fight in that it will help sort out which one of these fighters is higher on the prospect ladder heading into 2013. This is especially important in the still under-developed lower weight classes, in which it is easier to rocket yourself to relevance than it is in the more established divisions.
In the co-main event, another former TUF contestant James Krause takes on 64-fight veteran Joe “Porkchop” Jordan. Krause has won 5 in a row, has a very impressive Twitter game, and should have a quickness advantage over the built-more-like a truck Jordan. I always like looking up the fight-finder for veterans with a ton of fights because they are bound to have fought a lot of random names. Doing so for Porkchop was enjoyable, as he has defeated fun-sounding names Kola Koka (twice) and the 1-15 Mike Kofoot (who has lost to king of journeymen Travis Fulton 4 times!). More telling, seven of Jordan’s 13 losses have come to guys named Franca, Guida, Palaszewski, Gurgel, Pulver, Guillard, and Clementi. This pretty much shows why Krause needs to win tonight if he is going to get another crack at the UFC (which I definitely think he is worthy of).
So, if Bellator isn’t your thing, or if you are looking to DVR something, give Resurrection Fighting Alliance a shot!