Galloway and Rhodes Stand out at RFA 10

| October 25, 2013 | 11:17 pm | Reply

RFA 6A busy weekend of fights included a fine RFA 10 card from Resurrection Fighting Alliance, with a great mix of Midwestern talent and potential international stars. With fighters like Justin Lawrence looking to get back into the UFC and a title on the line in the main event, RFA 10 held its own.

Here’s what I picked up out of the action.

Cory Galloway: One sandwich shop guy to another, I was happy to see the young man in Galloway pull this one out in impressive fashion. His striking style reminded me a lot of an embryonic Dustin Poirier, and you can see that he’s just starting to get comfortable in a pitched fight, while still maintaining smart strike placement and output. As he works his game in the gym, we should see him increase the volume, both in terms of combination work and overall output, which will further enhance his stalking style.  Definitely someone to keep an eye on in the future.

Justin Lawrence: I had this pegged as a competitive kickboxing match, but Lawrence saw this as an opportunity to showcase some new tools in the war chest. Landing a few stiff shots at the beginning of each round, Lawrence would hit driving takedowns on Saldina and work a tight top game that his opponent was clearly not prepared for. While Saldina did his level best to get something going in his favor, Lawrence was just the superior fighter in all aspects and took a convincing win on merit of his new-found wrestling chops.

Mike Rhodes: A fight that saw Rhodes win his first major title, this bout showed vast improvement out of the Roufusport fighter. Coming into this bout with cardio befitting a championship fighter, Rhodes stuck to a game plan and used his wealth of talent and athletic potential to run through his opponent.  I loved Rhodes accuracy, and while Jouban’s lack of head movement certainly didn’t hurt the amount of connections, he was unerring in landing two and three punch shots none-the-less. Rhodes wrestling has also been coming along well, as well as his composure from top position; not being baited into any of the rubber guard traps Jouban attempted to lay on him. It was an outstanding performance from Rhodes that should see him on the biggest show in no time at all.

If you missed any on the action check out the below highlight video.

Complete RFA 10 results:

170 lbs. Title Fight: Mike Rhodes defeated Alan Jouban by Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45)

Justin Lawrence defeated Luis Saldana by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Johnny Case defeated Emanuel Brooks by Split Decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28)

Emmanuel Sanchez defeated Michael McBride by Unanimous Decision

Cory Galloway defeated Jeff Bates by 3rd rd. TKO (2:27)

Miles Marshall defeated Jordan Sanford by 1st rd. Rear-Naked Choke Submission (3:01)

Darrick Minner defeated William Osborne by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Brent Stepanek defeated Josh Christensen by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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Mike Hammersmith (Featured Staff Writer)

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I'm a 20+ year veteran of martial arts and a fan of MMA since UFC 1, when my world was thrown on its head by the budding sport. I'm obsessive in the pursuit of martial abilities and have competed across the country in everything from Vale Tudo to archery to Scottish broadsword. Once my body broke down, I picked up a pen and went in the direction of writing. I specialize in betting advice, predictions, and I'm a walking encyclopedia of MMA trivia. I own a cafe in Exeter, NH called Hammersmith Sandwich Company and write out of my office between customers.

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