DENVER, Colorado — Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) announced today
that there has been a change made to the main event of RFA 7, which is
headed to the Centennial State of Colorado on Friday, March 22nd. The RFA
7 main event will now see local MMA star Brandon “Rukus” Thatch (8-1)
square off against undefeated Roufusport standout Mike “Biggie” Rhodes
The change came about when Thatch’s original opponent, Leandro “Batata”
Silva, suffered a leg infection during training. The main event will now
feature two of the most highly-touted welterweight prospects in the sport.
RFA 7 – Thatch vs. Rhodes will take place at the 1stBank Center in
Broomfield, Colorado, which is a suburb of Denver, Colorado. It will be
televised nationwide on AXS TV starting at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.
RFA president Ed Soares commented on the exciting new RFA 7 main event.
“Brandon Thatch is the hometown hero, while Rhodes and Silva are both
relatively unknown in the area. However, you know what kind of fighters
you get from Duke Roufus. It’s unfortunate what happened to Silva, but at
the end of the day styles make fights and Thatch vs. Rhodes will be a very
exciting and explosive main event at RFA 7,” said Soares.
In preparation for RFA 7, Thatch has been training at the famed Tri-Star
Gym in Montreal, Quebec, Canada with UFC welterweight champion Georges
St-Pierre. He was hand-picked as a training partner to help St-Pierre
prepare for his successful title defense against Carlos Condit last fall.
Thatch has been been with the team ever since and was an invaluable part
of St-Pierre’s most recent training camp for Nick Diaz, who he faces this
Thatch traveled back to his hometown of Denver last week to finish up his
training at Grudge Training Center. He has been very focused heading into
his highly-anticipated homecoming at RFA 7 and the sudden change of
opponents has not changed that.
“I’m here to fight anyone the RFA puts in front of me. This is what we do
and what we’re here for. I don’t know much about Rhodes yet, but I hear
he’s a tough guy and I know he’s from a great camp. I’m ready for war at
RFA 7,” Thatch explained.
Thatch also said he wishes a speedy recovery to his previous opponent Silva.
“I’d also like to say that I hope Leandro is alright. I don’t wish ill
will on anyone. He and I will fight another day,” said Thatch.
Training out of the equally respected Roufusport MMA Academy in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin alongside UFC #1 contender Anthony Pettis, the unbeaten Rhodes
looks to continue his rapid rise to prominence in MMA. One might say, he
has taken “The Rhodes Less Traveled” to get to the point he now finds
himself. As a former high school basketball standout in Iowa, Rhodes
competed against 2010 NCAA tournament star and giant slayer Ali
Farokhmanesh. Rhodes will now look to write his own Cinderella Story in
his personal rendition of March Madness.
“When Duke called and told me about the opportunity to fight for the RFA
and the opponent being Thatch, I was very excited. He’s a great fighter
and very talented everywhere. This is the test I’ve been looking for. I
believe I belong in the cage with the best and a win over Brandon will
prove that. He is definitely the biggest test and this is the biggest
fight of my young career,” Rhodes explained.
Rhodes was already deep in training camp for an NAFC event later this
month, so he is excited about the chance to now fight for the RFA in front
of a nationally televised audience.
“This will be my first time headlining any event and for it to be for the
RFA means a lot to me. RFA is an awesome organization with really good
fighters. This also allows me to fight on national television, which is is
great, because all of my friends and family now get a chance to see what I
love to do right in their homes. I thank the RFA for that opportunity,”
The co-main event of RFA 7 will feature a 177-pound catchweight special
attraction between RFA welterweight star Chidi ”Chidi Bang Bang” Njokuani
(9-3) and local middleweight champion Jeremy Kimball (8-3).
The main card of RFA 7 will also include the return of Mirsad Bektic (5-0)
as he squares off with fellow RFA fan favorite Nick Macias (6-2) in a
highly-anticipated featherweight bout.
Colorado customers can dial locally at 303-53HORSE.
Tickets start at $25. For VIP Status, eight-seat catered cage-side VIP
tables are available by calling 303-521-0966.
Doors for RFA 7 open at 5:30 p.m. MT; first bout starts at 6:00 p.m. MT
and the main card goes live on AXS TV at 8:00 p.m. MT / 10:00 p.m. ET.
Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) was founded in 2011 and includes a
number of prominent businessmen, fight promoters, matchmakers, and
individuals with successful careers in hosting Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
shows across the United States. To learn more, check out our website at
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