Friday’s Resurrection Fighting Alliance 4 was the first on many levels for the upstart MMA promotion. Not only were they making their first appearance in Las Vegas, Nevada but they were also coming off the acquisition of Titan Fighting Championship that included a TV deal with AXS TV that landed RFA 4 on TV’s everywhere.
The 11 bout RFA 4 card featured four young up and coming mixed martial artist that shined under the big lights of sin city. While you’ve probably heard their names before this might have been your fight opportunity to watch them and they didn’t disappoint.
Sergio Pettis (19 yrs old) – The younger brother of former WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, Sergio improved his record to 6-0 with a gritty unanimous decision victory over Jimmy Jones to start off the RFA 4 main card. The younger Pettis fights in the bantamweight division possesses clean and crisp striking that is only going to get better and more powerful as he fills out with age.
Dakota Cochrane (26 yrs old) – Following his upset win over former WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner Cochrane dropped his next two bouts. Making his fourth appearance inside the Resurrection Fighting Alliance cage he secured a first round submission of Derrick Burnsed. Despite having power in both hands the submission was the seventh of his career to just one knockout. Cochrane improved his record to 2-2 with the promotion and 13-3 overall.
James Krause (26 yrs old) – Scoring the night’s quickest finish isn’t anything new for Krause. Needing only 31 seconds to record his 17th win to just 4 defeats, it was his fourth knockout of his career under one minute. Despite brief appearances with the WEC and Bellator, James Krause is still a young gun in MMA who has been making a serious push (five wins in a row) of late.
Chidi Njokuani (23 yrs old) – Another fighter following the footsteps of his older brother, Njokuani improved to 9-3 with a third round TKO of Phil Dace. Njokuani brings lighting fast strikes along with deadly muay thai to every fight and has seven knockout finishes to prove it. Having won four in a row and seven of his last eight, Njokuani could be joining his brother Anthony in the UFC sooner rather than later.
Resurrection Fighting Alliance has a really good thing going and along with these four young rising stars, it can only get better.