RFA 2 – Yvel vs. Alexander: Fight Card & Event Info (Friday, March 30th)

RFA 2 – Yvel vs. Alexander

Friday, March 30, 2012

Viaero Event Center

Kearney, Nebraska, USA

Live Stream: Sherdog.com starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Jens Pulver, and Justin McCully.

Special Guests: Frank Shamrock, Frank Mir, and Joe Stevenson, and the 2012 NCAA Division II National Championship winning University of Nebraska-Kearney (UNK) wrestling team.

RFA website: www.RFAfighting.com

Pro Main Event: Light-Heavyweight Bout (205 lbs.) – Fight #19

Gilbert Yvel (37-16-1) vs. Houston Alexander (13-7, 2 NC)

-Two of the most feared strikers in MMA. They are both UFC veterans with a history of brutal knockouts. Yvel is coming off his win during his light-heavyweight debut at RFA 1. Alexander is one of the most famous fighters in the state of Nebraska.

Pro Co-Main Event: Lightweight Bout (155 lbs.) – Fight #18

Dakota Cochrane (11-2) vs. Cliff Wright Jr. (5-2)

-Cochrane narrowly missed getting into the TUF 15 house earlier this month. He is the hometown favorite having attended the University of Nebraska-Kearney, where he was on the Track team. Wright is coming off a 56-second submission win in January.

Pro Feature: Light-Heavyweight Bout (205 lbs.) – Fight #17

Maurice "Mo" Smith (13-13) vs. Jorge Cordoba (4-2)

-Smith, now age 50, won the UFC heavyweight title at UFC 14 in 1997 with a victory over then champ and current UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman. Cordoba, like Smith, hails from Washington state. He is coming off a first round submission win in November.

Pro Female Flyweight Bout (125 lbs.) – Fight #16

Tara LaRosa (20-2) vs. Kelly Warren (3-2)

-LaRosa has been ranked #1 in the world for nearly 7 years. Warren started her career 3-0, dropping her last two to top 10 fighters in the world.

Pro Heavyweight Bout (265 lbs.) – Fight #15

Derrick Lewis (6-2, 1 NC) vs. Justin Frazier (5-0)

-Lewis is a Bellator veteran with all his wins being finishes (5 TKO’s, 1 Submission). Frazier is also a Bellator veteran with all 5 of his fights being finishes (4 TKO’s, 1 submission).

Pro Flyweight Bout (125 lbs.) – Fight # 14

Tim Elliott (7-2-1) vs. Josh Rave (21-9)

-Elliott has won his last 7 fights, including a vicious flying knee KO victory over Jens Pulver at RFA 1. Rave is an 8 1/2 year veteran of the sport. He started his career winning 9 of 10 fights and he’s one of the most experienced fighters in the state of Nebraska.

Pro Catchweight Bout (150 lbs.) – Fight #13

Jared Downing (8-1) vs. Alessandro "Zoio" Ferreira (10-1, 1 NC)

-Downing has multiple wins in Bellator and has fought at 135, 145, and 155. Zoio is a decorated Brazilian fighter who has won two 8-man (1-night) tournaments and is a black belt instructor for Cesar Gracie.

Pro Bantamweight Bout (135 lbs.) – Fight #12

Aaron Ely (3-0) vs. Laramie Shaffer (5-3-1)

-Ely has submitted all of his opponents in the first round, including one in Bellator and another at RFA 1. He wrestled at Edinboro (NCAA Division I). Shaffer was a 2-time Iowa State champion wrestler in high school and wrestled at Iowa State University (NCAA Division I).

Pro Female Featherweight Bout (145 lbs.) – Fight #11

Elaina "Beef" Maxwell (6-4) vs. Ashley "Loca" Sanchez (4-2)

-Maxwell has won 4 of her last 5 bouts, including wins over Strikeforce veterans Alexis Davis and Shana Nelson. Sanchez won both of her fights last year, including a big win over the heavily favored Erin Toughill.

Pro Bantamweight Bout (135 lbs.) – Fight #10

Tyler Shinn (2-0) vs. Cody Land (6-1)

-Shinn was a starter and national qualifier in wrestling at Oklahoma State University (NCAA Division I). Land is a submission specialist from nearby Hastings, Nebraska.

Pro Catchweight Bout (160 lbs.) – Fight #9

Aaron Derrow (10-3) vs. Jordan Johnson (5-1)

-Derrow owns a submission win over UFC veteran Rich Clementi and he is teammates with UFC veteran Rob Kimmons and TUF 15 & WEC veteran James Krause. Johnson is fighting out of nearby Stromsburg, Nebraska and his only career loss is to TUF 15 veteran Drew Dober.

Pro Bantamweight Bout (135 lbs.) – Fight #8

Angelo Antuna (7-2) vs. Chad Obermiller (7-4)

-Antuna is a scrappy grappler from Las Vegas, Nevada. Obermiller is solid striker from nearby Hastings, Nebraska.

Pro Middleweight Bout (185 lbs.) – Fight #7

John Gettle (0-0) vs. Darrio Mobley (0-1)

-Gettle went 4-0 as an amateur, trains with Frank Mir, and was the Tuff-N-Uff middleweight champion. Mobley was an experienced amateur from Oregon before turning pro.

Amateur Female Bantamweight Bout (135 lbs.) – Fight #6

Jessamyn Duke (4-2) vs. Elizabeth Phillips (2-0-1)

-Duke is from Kentucky and was the Tuff-N-Uff featherweight champion. Phillips is from Washington state and comes in highly-recommended by former Strikeforce bantamweight champion Miesha Tate.

Pro Heavyweight Bout (265 lbs.) – Fight #5

Tyler Perry (0-0) vs. Wayman Carter (1-0)

-Perry went 1-0 as an amateur, trains with Frank Mir, and wrestled at the University of Missouri (NCAA Division I). Carter is a tall and rangy striker with very good KO power.

Amateur Main Event: Middleweight Bout (185 lbs.) – Fight #4

Enrique Torres (11-1-1) vs. Josh Heath (9-2)

-Torres is from Kearney, Nebraska and will be the hometown favorite. Heath is from Billings, South Dakota and attends South Dakota State University.

Amateur Lightweight Bout (155 lbs.) – Fight #3

T.J. Hepburn (2-0) vs. Kellen Fraser (4-0)

-Hepburn just won a NCAA Division II National Championship in wrestling (157 lbs.) earlier this month for the hometown University of Nebraska-Kearney who also won the overall team title. Fraser wrestled for nearby Hastings High School in Hastings, Nebraska.

Amateur Featherweight Bout (145 lbs.) – Fight #2

Richard Barajas (6-2) vs. Dusty Spaulding (1-0)

-Barajas is from Kearney, Nebraska and will be the hometown favorite. Spaulding was a National Champion in Greco-Roman wrestling in High School and wrestled in college for the University of Nebraska (NCAA Division I).

Amateur Welterweight Bout (170 lbs.) – Fight #1

Derek Williams (16-8) vs. Ben Wallingford (1-1-1)

-Williams is fighting out of Kansas City, Missouri and is a veteran of RFA 1. Wallingford is fighting out of Omaha, Nebraska alongside fellow RFA fighters Dakota Cochrane and Jordan Johnson.

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