Murphy vs. Brock headline RFA 27, first televised MMA event from Idaho
The hype is already starting for the Resurrection Fighting Alliance middleweight title fight in August, surprising since there isn’t much hype around RFA 27 this weekend. This weekend’s event is headlined by a “featherweight showdown” but appears most notable at this time as the first live broadcast of a MMA show in the history of Idaho. RFA 27 takes place July 3rd at the CenturyLink Arena in Boise, ID with a main card broadcast live on AXS TV.
In the main event local hero and Bellator vet Jesse Brock faces WSOF vet Joe Murphy. Brock historically has been a “gatekeeper” with his 20-8 record holding losses to some of the best while his wins have been over less-known prospects. Brock lost to Donald Cerrone in 2006, current UFC champion Demetrious Johnson in 2010, current CFFC champion Jimmie Rivera in 2012, and UFC vet Caol Uno in 2014. On the other hand Brock has won his last four fights including a unanimous decision over Bendy Casimir in May. Brock’s problem in his early and mid career was he took a long time transitioning from a college wrestler to a mixed martial arts wrestler, a transition he appears in his recent fights to have finally made as his striking game is finally coming up to pro level. 8-2 Murphy is mainly known for his fight against Carson Beebe in WSOF 3 that resulted in Murphy’s first loss and breaking of his six-fight win streak. Since then the California-based fighter has gone 3-1 with a unanimous decision loss to Terrion Ware being his most recent as well as his second loss in his pro MMA career. While Brock is known for his wrestling Murphy is known for his submissions, look for the deciding factor to be how the standup of both fighters has improved.
In the co-main event Czar Sklavos tries to find a home as he takes on Nicholas Burgos. Sklavos fought Bellator vet Alexis Vila in CFA where he lost by unanimous decision then went 2-1 in Vale Tudo Japan last year. So far this year the Idaho fighter defeated Benny Vinson by rear-naked choke, the ninth submission in his 11-4 career. 9-3 Burgos is relatively unknown but sits on a six-fight win streak with a unanimous decision over Matt Manzanares being his most recent, this fight being his biggest to date.
RFA 27 main card
- Miles Hunsinger vs. Austin Miller
- Darrell Flores vs. Stephen Martinez
- Daniel Swain vs. Scott Thometz
- Jan Jorgensen vs. Dale Sopi
- Czar Sklavos vs. Nicholas Burgos
- Joe Murphy vs. Jesse Brock