Although it has only been four months since Francisco France won the RFA middleweight title the belt is up for grabs again at RFA 28 as Andrew Sanchez faces John Poppie. RFA 28 takes place August 7th at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis, MO with a main card broadcast on AXS TV.
Andrew Sanchez is coming off the second-longest win in his 6-2 career, a TKO of Clifton Williams at 1:17 of the second round at RFA 26. Sanchez’s longest win took 1:25 of the second round for his defeat of Miles Marshall at RFA 13 while his only fight to go the distance was a split decision loss to Dustin Jacoby in March 2013. Poppie is on a four-fight win streak with his most recent fight being a unanimous decision over Rakim Cleveland, this fight marking his RFA debut.
To give an idea of how fast the RFA fighters move on to the UFC the co-main event has been changed as Geane Herrera has moved up leaving Ken Porter to fight Matt Manzanares. Porter makes his RFA debut on a four-fight win streak, his last loss being against Bill Friday in TFC in February 2014. So far this year Porter defeated Deartie Tucker III and Joey Estrada with both wins coming by armbar to improve his record to 8-2 (and one “no contest”). 7-5 Manzanares is mainly known for his RFA title fight loss against Zach Makovsky which launched the former Bellator champion into the UFC. Since then Manzanares defeated Junior Maranhao then lost another shot at the title to Alexandre Pantoja, traveled to Deep to lose to Yuki Motoya, and most recently drop a unanimous decision to Nick Burgos.
RFA 28 card
- Murat Kazgan vs. Jake Roberts
- Curtis Blaydes vs. Justin Frazier
- Bobby Moffett vs. Nick LoBosco
- Matt Manzanares vs. Ken Porter
- MW title: Andrew Sanchez vs. John Poppie