In case you missed it, the "unofficial" Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) developmental promotion, Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA), held its ninth event last night (Aug. 16, 2013) at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The televised portion of the card aired on AXS Television, which has become the place to watch regional mixed martial arts (MMA).
Fighting on a Slip 'N Slide
Because this was an outdoor event, the canvas was affected by things like Mother Nature. The canvas was already causing fighters to lose their footing when the show went live and by the main event, both Jeff Curran and Pedro Munhoz were sliding all over the place. There was legitimately a moment when Curran went all 'Risky Business' and slid sideway a few feet.
Hindsight being what it is, I'd love to have seen Munhoz and Curran do their thing on a non slippery mat. They put on a fun scrap but it was definitely tainted.
I wrestled a bear once ...
Lew Polley was supposed to fight at World Series of Fighting 4 (WSOF 4), but missed the Light Heavyweight limit by an astonishing and hilarious 32 pounds. That was a huge mistake as he fought former two-time NCAA champion, Steve Mocco, instead. The fight wasn't exciting, but it was nice to see Polley get his just desserts for his lack of professionalism.
Kevin Casey Ryan ...
Man, the play by play last night was confusing when the last name of one guy is the first name of the other. Also Casey Ryan, for all his talents in the gym, just wasn't the monster I expected. He was picked a part on the feet and just couldn't figure out how to compete with Kevin Casey.
Brian Ortega ... Triangle Machine?
This dude must have set up at least 16 triangle choke attempts before finally pulling off the submission in the third. That was crazy.
- Pat Miletich is awesome. He's honestly just one of the best commentators in the sport.
- Michael Schiavello is at his best when he's toned down his excitement just a little. I think teaming him with Miletich was the best thing that AXS Television has ever done.
- Goodbye, "Big Frog."
For complete RFA 9: "Munhoz vs. Curran" results, including detailed main card blow-by-blow coverage, click here.