Ben Smith vs Gilbert Smith
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LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) president Ed Soares announced today that the promotion will be returning to the state of Colorado next month. RFA 26 – Smith vs. Smith will feature a main event between two RFA fan favorites. RFA welterweight champion Benjamin Smith returns to face man similar in name and talent. His first title defense will be against #1 contender Gilbert Smith, who will be looking to keep the title from leaving his home state. The event takes place Friday, June 5th at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.
"Smith vs. Smith will be a fantastic welterweight title fight at RFA 26," stated Soares. "Benjamin Smith was completely dominant in winning the title, while Gilbert Smith was valiant in his last title fight by going 5 rounds with a guy who missed weight by 5 pounds. Smith and Smith will give Colorado a title fight they deserve."
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Benjamin Smith (14-2) returns to the RFA octagon after winning the vacant RFA welterweight strap with a dominant TKO victory over Tat Romero in March. That win came after he bested Josh Cavan in the co-main event of RFA 20 to close out last year. Smith has been perfect in MMA for the past two years and is currently riding a 6-fight winning streak. The surging Minnesota based fighter now looks to solidify his control of the RFA welterweight division with his first title defense.
"It feels great to be defending my title in Colorado, since I had a great experience fighting there in November," said Smith. "I won the title back in March and this is a great opportunity. It gives me holding status. Gilbert Smith has a great last name. He's also a really physically strong competitor. I look forward to finishing him and keeping the belt at RFA 26 on June 5th."
Gilbert Smith (10-4) enters the title fight looking for redemption and some vindication after his first shot at the title in January was hindered when his opponent egregiously missed weight by 5-pounds. The always-game Smith agreed to take the fight anyway, but the brazen weight advantage that his opponent possessed, played a pivotal and unfair role in the outcome of their 5-round affair. Smith is now eager to get his shot at the title on a level playing field.
"First and foremost, I am really excited to be getting this opportunity," Smith explained. "It will be nice to get redemption. I do wish my opponent made weight in the last fight, but I ended up learning a lot from that fight. I was back in the gym on the Wednesday after the fight and I have filled in the holes that I needed to fix. Benjamin Smith is a deserving champion. He's a good grappler that has been working on his boxing, but he has a similar style to me. That will play to my advantage. I don't know how, but I will finish him, and get that belt strapped around my waist in front of my friends and family in Colorado."
RFA 26 will also see the return of former RFA bantamweight title challenger Jarred "Shutout" Mercado (12-2). He faces fellow two-time RFA vet Bruno Frazatto (6-2). Mercado has NCAA Division I wrestling credentials, while Frazatto is a highly-decorated jiu-jitsu black belt. The main card will feature another pair of RFA bantamweights that are both known for their exciting and action-packed fights. Hawaiian striking sensation Boston Salmon (3-0) will look to keep his flawless record intact with a fourth straight TKO win. He will face collegiate wrestler and three-time RFA vet Danny Mainus (3-3) in a bout that has "Fight of the Night" written all over it.
The co-main event, feature fight, and additional bouts at RFA 26 will be announced soon. RFA 26 will be the promotion's sixth event to take place in the state of Colorado. It will be the second time the RFA has visited "The Centennial State" in 2015. The entire main card of RFA 26 – Smith vs. Smith will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT on Friday, June 5th.
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