RFA 40: UFC Vet Camus Smothers Way to Win (Event Results)

The Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) is a leading developmental promotion to the UFC and other organizations.

Austen Heidladge vs. Chris Waldon

The first feature bout of RFA 40 covered by InsideSTL was one that certainly did not disappoint (unless you were a fan in the restroom or at the concession stand.) Still just 29 years old and making his RFA debut last night, Chase Waldon made an immediate impact in their Middleweight division by sending “Corndog” Austen Heidladge to dreamland in a mere 15 seconds.

Waldon doesn’t waste any time dancing as Heidladge is immediately backing to the cage fence. At this early point of the contest he doesn’t appear to be on high alert and he eats a full course of right hand knuckles for dinner. The one-punch knockdown draws a crowd reaction, but Heidladge is quickly back on his feet.

A right hook zings by the dome of Waldon. He answers the attempted blow with the same overhand right and responds in walk-off homerun fashion.

Waldon (now 10-1) could easily be described as a submission specialist with five of his eight finishes coming by that option. Youth is still on his side and and his only loss serves as proof that you have to put him away to win. With some more time in the RFA, Waldon is definitely someone to consider putting in front of the UFC’s cameras the next time they stop by.

Chase Waldon def. Austen Heidladge via TKO at 0:15 of Round 1


Marvin Blummer vs. Terrion Ware

Replacing his brother Melvin who was injured in a motorcycle accident, fellow RFA stalwart Marvin Blummer went to the body of Terrion Ware before early with a rib kick. A high knee fails to land and Ware presses forward with a right cross and corresponding leg kick. The first minute passes and cage control still seems even.

There is a break in the action when Blumer’s mouthpiece gets knocked out, and Ware allows the official to step in rather than wait for a break in the action.

Blumer gets the better of Ware on the ground for a moment, but narrowly avoids an omoplata (shoulder lock.) The bell sounds to bring an intermission to a display of pugilism. With an edge in throwing leather, the AXS TV Fights broadcast team gives the first round to Ware.

Blumer takes control with a double-tap jab and rear knee to start the second. Ware fires off a right hook that Blumer avoids. Blumer lands the same punch a few seconds later. The Minnesota native in Blumer is finding more success in this round, but Ware is still the lead in this dance. At the halfway point of the frame, the home-state favorite hits his mark with a body uppercut and overhand right dead center on the jaw of Ware.

Ware defends a takedown with a sprawl and continues to kickbox. Blumer is exerting himself more now as clinching and a light spinning backfist get him nothing. They exchange once more before another sprawl, much to the dismay of one half of the “Bash Brothers."

Ware connects with an audible body shot before going upstairs. He tries to redecorate Blumer’s facial features then switches back to his abdomen. He lands at will through the final minute before the break.

Blumer has an opening low kick caught and mirrored. He brings the movement up higher and land around the left side of Ware’s ribcage. A front kick from Ware keeps the space between the two men intact. A front kick goes a bit too far to the inside for Blumer, but the fights picks up seconds later. He lands another body punch and sends home a rocket of a right hook.

The first successful takedown for Blumer only gains him a few precious seconds of offensive control. He goes to the side-control position, but Ware breaks through and stands up. A second takedown is completed as this one goes to the judges.

Terrion Ware def. Marvin Blumer via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-27 and 29-28)


Chico Camus vs. Czar Sklavos

While other RFA stars are only budding, Chico “King” Camus had a spent three years with the UFC. Going 3-4 in the organization with one no contest, the Duke Rufus-trained striker suffocated Czar “The Gunfighter” Sklavos through wrestling in his second RFA bout and main event, his last at 125 pounds.

Camus’ attack strategy may have surprised many given his opponent’s nine submission victories, but he made it look as if Sklavos never got out of the starting gate.

Camus begins with left straights, headhunting as Sklavos looks to chop him down. A side kick is met with an overhand right from Camus. He looks to either clinch or go for a takedown, but is caught with a headbutt. He works through the pain and gets back mount in the final minute. Camus loses back control and is thrown down before the end of the round. Despite his position at the end of five minutes, Camus is clearly ahead.

A left lands again for the southpaw in Camus. He gets the better of a scrambling takedown with a brief front headlock before they separate. Later on top in half guard/full mount, Camus bring his weight down on the chest of Sklavos through his shoulders. Now volume striking has become a factor.

The corner of Camus calls for an arm-triangle choke, but Sklavos turns to his stomach. When he’s on his back again. The striking numbers for the UFC veteran continue to pile up Sklavos goes for a Rear-Naked Choke, but is more on the side of Camus. He’s shucked off with his back against the fence. The round ends with Camus ahead 2-0.

In an attempt for a single-leg takedown, Camus looks to be in trouble after giving up his back then falling into an armbar with well over three minutes to go. Sklavos has a foot in front of Camus’ face to prevent the sit-up. Camus eventually moves the leg and breaks the grip on his arm with his own legs.

Camus breathes easy in halfguard, throwing elbows and forearm shots. He has Sklavos’ back for a moment before ground and pound takes the broadcast to its final bell.

Chico Camus def. Czar Sklavos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

The Rest of the Card

  • Dan Moret def. Alex Gilpin via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

  • Jordon Larson def. Jonathon Thomson via submission (kimura) at 3:54 of Round 1

  • Carl Wittstock def. Ben Locken via submission (armbar) at 3:34 of Round 2

  • Bobby Lee def. Kyle Todd via TKO (punches) at 4:12 of Round 1


  • Ben Neumann def. Isreal Lozano via submission (armbar) at 2:51 of Round 2

  • Calie Cutler def. Mariah Prussia via TKO (punches) at 0:49 of Round 3

  • Hector Millan def. TJ Stolp-Apel via submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 1:06 of Round 2

  • Blake Bilder def. Clay Uddley via Unanimous Decision (scores unknown)

  • Vanyu Xiong def. Austin Smith via TKO at 1:30 of Round 3