RFA 41- Giles Takes Out Ultimate Fighter/Bellator Vet Clark
The Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) is a leading developmental promotion to the UFC.
Alex Hernandez vs. Chris Percero
Alexander “The Great” Hernandez might not be a name you’ve heard of before, but it could be a name you’ll hear in the future. The big claim of the night as the upper card of RFA 41 got underway was how much of an upset it would before Hernandez to come out on top against Chris Percero who entered into his 21st fight with 11 finishes.
Taking his nickname from the legendary Greek warrior-king, Hernandez immediately took control of the Octagon in the RFA debut of both men. Hernandez mixes in low quickly with his punching combos that Percero has no time to set up and do what he wants. He’s swinging wildly in the hope of keep Hernandez off of him. Hernandez catches a leg, goes behind and brings the crowd to its feet with a suplex slam within the first 20 seconds.
Hernandez mixes in low quickly with his punching combos that Percero has no time to set up and do what he wants. He’s swinging wildly in the hope of keep Hernandez off of him. Hernandez catches a leg, goes behind and brings the crowd to its feet with a suplex slam within the first 20 seconds.
He follows up with momentary ground and pound before taking Percero’s back again. Hernandez misses the opportunity as Percero dashes to his feet. Hernandez, a loan officer by day, sees another opening for a suplex but Percero opts to give him his back in exchange for staying grounded.
The body hooks are around Percero’s waist and an arm is sliding across his throat. Alexander “The Great” needed just 87 seconds (the fastest finish of the night) to move to 7-1.
Alex Henandez def. Chris Pecero via Rear-Naked Choke at 1:27 of Round 1
Jamall Emmers vs. Rivaldo Junior
Before the main event of Friday night’s card, Jamall “Pretty Boy” Emmers was looking to rebound from a loss against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert Thiago Moises in a title fight. He took on another BJJ practitioner in Rivaldo Junior.
Junior goes for the early single-leg but Emmers stuffs it and circles out. The first minute passes with Emmers getting the better of the clinch exchange with knees. Junior can’t quite get all of a judo throw and Emmers is still right on top of him. Junior appears gassed early as Emmers is able to prowl as he wishes. He connects with a pair of body kicks before going with a head kick and jab.
Junior lunges for a double-leg halfway across the cage. He gets it and looks to slam Emmers before they are separate after Emmers grabs the cage. He briefly has a standing guillotine choke as the first round wraps up.
Emmers gets flashy with a jumping knee attempt right into another clinch situation. Neither man is able to force the fight to the canvas at the moment, so Emmers pulls boxing out of his bag of tricks. The Brazilian wraps him up with about 2:30 to go.
The conditioning of Junior is now very questionable as Emmers lands simple one-two combos interspersed with overhands and body kicks to clearly go up 2-0. Junior finds nothing but air on his punches to finish the round.
A minute into the final round and Emmers is now openly taunting. Junior connects with jabs before failing with another double-leg. Junior misses his mark with a spinning backfist. Two minutes are left. All Emmers has to do now is sprinkle in the jab and maintain distance. He fends off takedowns for most of the final minute before taking a slam. He defends against a key lock until the bell.
Jamall Emmers def. Rivaldo Junior via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Josh Clark vs. Trevin Giles
It took the previously 6-0 Trevin “The Problem” Giles just over six minutes to continue his winning ways against Josh “The Hillbilly Heartthrob” Clark. Clark controls the Octagon for the first minute, mixing his jab with his low kick as Giles goes over his head with a right. Giles finally hits a thunderous slam, his head on a swivel as he looked for the double-leg with two and a half minutes left in the first.
Giles passes guard into back mount easily. Clark eventually spins out and goes on the offensive with the young gun against the cage. He takes elbows, but when Clark gets his chance at a Rear-Naked Choke, the round is already up.
Clark’s conditioning might be a factor at this point as he’s covered in perspiration. Giles evades a couple of lefts and only suffers a slapping outside leg kick. He counters by launching a right uppercut out of a cannon before getting the Rear-Naked once more. Clark gasps, struggling to separate his opponent’s hands, but it’s too late.
Trevin Giles def. Josh Clark via Rear-Naked Choke at 1:10 of Round 2