RFA 45 Shocks as Merger Nears

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

Like hard-nosed hockey players or other athletes trying to make the higher-ups in their sports pay attention, the stars of RFA 45 didn’t disappoint–six fights, six finishes. That includes the crowning of a new top dog in the RFA middleweight division and the retention of their current featherweight champion respectively.

Raoni Barcelos vs. Dan Moret- Featherweight (145 lbs.) championship

Ahead of Barcelos’ co-main event fight, television broadcasters Michael Schiavello and former UFC legend Pat Miletich commented that Barcelos would’ve already been in the UFC if he knew English. Fortunately for him, fighting knows no language barrier.

Moret closes the distance seconds into the contest but is the victim of an early counter right hand, liver kick, and takedown combo. Barcelos works in draining knees and point strikes from side control as two minutes disappears from the clock in the first round. Moret eventually gets the official to make this a standing fight once more.

Another right from the Brazilian is matched with a simultaneous left from Moret. His corner is happy with his first round, but his next duo of punches produces nil. Moret has more volume, but Barcelos is landing heavier shots and has an early knockdown and slamming takedown to his credit.

The round could have very easily gone his way, so coming out of the rest period Barcelos put him to bed inside of a minute.

The American rages in like a bull in a china shop with a roundhouse kick and another two punch combination. They tangle for a moment. Barcelos shoots from the hip with another right and avoids a flying knee. An uppercut- turning left hook gets the champion’s hand raised.

(C) Raoni Barcelos def. Dan Moret via KO at 0:51 of Round 2

Gerald Meerschaert vs. Chase Waldon- Middleweight (185 lbs.) championship

Chase Waldon (10-2) had gone unbeaten since 2010 with eight stoppages. That streak was ended when he ran into Gerald Meerschaert, the owner of a whopping 16 submission victories. It would be that style that would lead Meerchaert to his first major belt, the vacant RFA middleweight title.

Waldon is in deep trouble roughly ten seconds in with an overhand left and a head kick. He offers up leg kicks and is popped with an uppercut. Meerschaert works his way into the full mount position but finds better success with a Muay Thai clinch and standing blow dead center on Waldon’s nose.

Meerschaert again manipulates his way on top, a knee is on Waldon’s stomach. He tries to work out of it, but his own arm is being forced across his face as his opponent locks his hands behind him.

(C) Gerald Meerschaert def. Chase Waldon via Arm-Triangle at 1:44 of Round 1.

He was immediately asked based on his experience if he expects to get the call-up to the UFC. Keep watching! The final RFA event, RFA 46: Johnson vs. Tucker takes place from Branson, Missouri on December 9 and features a light heavyweight championship bout as its main event.

The Rest of the Card

  • Chad Curry def. Frank Schuman via TKO at 3:06 of Round 1

  • Ben Neumann def. Jordan Jordan Larson via D’Arce Choke at 4:01 of Round 2

  • Bobby Lee def. Damion Shehan via Armbar at 2:00 of Round 1

  • Mitch White def. Antonio Sanchez via Guillotine Choke at 0:54 of Round 2

  • Blake Bilder def. Charles Anozie via Unanimous Decision

  • Linsey Williams def. Bri Brassaw via Unanimous Decision

  • Cameron Gilliam def. Davon Staples via Armbar at 2:58 of Round 1

  • Sean Strube def. Caleb Merth via Split Decision

  • Vanyu Xiong def. Victor Cabadas via TKO at 2:45 of Round 1

  • Sean Stebbins def. Robiel Tesfaldet via Split Decision

  • Akeela Al-Haseem def. Bonnie Stoehr via Unanimous Decision

  • Anthony MacIntosh def. Jay Paulson via Rear-Naked Choke at 2:33 of Round 1

  • Joel Bauman def. Mike Waltz via Unanimous Decision

  • Cayln Hull def. Dan Puccini via TKO at 2:09 of Round 1

  • James Krause-Simmons def. Austin Hancock via Rear-Naked Choke at 2:35 of Round 1