RFA 46- End of an Era

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

Johnson vs. Tucker- The RFA Light Heavyweight Championship

Prospect Jordan “Big Swingin'” Johnson (6-0, all stoppages) may have gotten the very first win of his career based on points, but that by no means that his performance was any less dominant as the wrestler overpowered LeMarcus “The Freight Train” Tucker. He, along with InsideSTL’s home state of Missouri, forever became a part of history last Friday night in Branson by winning the light heavyweight RFA title on its final show.

The final 25 minutes of RFA history began with a right from Johnson followed by a counter left hook when Tucker inches forward for a leg kick. In comes another right, this time overhand, ahead of a clinch battle initiated by Tucker against the RFA Octagon fence. Referee Mike England forces a break following a low blow to “The Freight Train.” When they start up again Johnson lands his first takedown of the night but is pulled off Tucker and deducted a point when his ground strikes go wild, landing to the back of Tucker’s head.

Tucker flurries with strikes in phone booth range but Johnson is able to get behind him for another takedown and back control. Tucker works his way back up but is forced to the canvas and briefly in a rear-naked choke where the fight remains.

A clear 10-9 round was made even with the point deduction and Tucker tries to lead the fight with the larger volume of standing strikes early in the second before again being planted by his opponent, a NCAA Division-I wrestler. Johnson works another rear-naked/ back takedown combo until there is roughly 2:30 remaining in the frame. They clinch until another Johnson takedown and he finishes in top position.

Johnson shoots in within 20 seconds or so of the third round and ground ‘n’ pounds in Tucker’s guard. The Arizonian traps an arm of Tucker, working into an arm-triangle choke for a moment. The AXS TV Fights commentary team point out that neither man is advancing their position with the clock running down. The combatants are back on their feet heading into the final minute of the third. Johnson is like a backpack on his man until the bell.

The championship rounds see more of the same as Johnson rolls into back control from an arm-triangle attempt in the fourth. There is little else of note but he is large and in charge through the remaining four and a half minutes. The last bit of action is only a formality as Johnson should now face the final Legacy FC 205-pound champion, Robert Drysdale, in the future to be the divisional king of the new Legacy Fighting Alliance.

The fight came close to a bloody stop but England gave the continually battered Tucker one the rest of the time to work his way out of trouble before the judges tallied their scores.

Jordan Johnson def. LeMarcus Tucker via Unanimous Decision (49-44, 49-45, 49-45)

The Rest of the Card

  • Jeremiah Cullum def. David Waters via Rear-Naked Choke at 1:18 of Round 1

  • James Nakashima def. Desmond Hill via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)

  • Bobby Moffett def. T.J. Brown via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

  • Katy Collins def. Mandy Polk via TKO at 4:35 of Round 2

  • Kenny Fredenburg def. Don’Tale Mayes via DQ (illegal elbow) at 2:06 of Round 1