On Friday, June 5, Resurrection Fighting Alliance returns to the Denver area for its 26th event. The promotion will once again visit the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo. The night’s main card airs live on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET.

In the night’s main event, recently crowned welterweight champion Benjamin Smith will look to defend his 170-pound title against former title challenger Gilbert “Jamal” Smith. Benjamin Smith captured the belt in March with his sixth straight victory — a third-round TKO over Tat Romero at RFA 24. His opponent, Gilbert Smith, will look to rebound from a hard-fought, five-round war against Chidi Njokuani in January at RFA 22.

The co-main event features the promotional debuts of lightweights Marcus Edwards and Thiago “Monstrinho” Alves. The 26-year-old Edwards is a veteran of Titan FC and Canada’s Maximum Fighting Championship. Eight of his nine career wins have come inside the first round. Brazil’s Alves will enter the contest on the heels of back-to-back first-round submission wins. Six of his eight victories have come via tapout.

Current RFA 26 Fight Card
Benjamin Smith vs. Gilbert “Jamal” Smith – for welterweight title
Marcus Edwards vs. Thiago “Monstrinho” Alves
Jarred Mercado vs. Bruno Frazatto
Andrew Sanchez vs. Clinton Williams
Brandon Griffin vs. Ashley Gooch
Boston Salmon vs. Danny Mainus
Josh Cavan vs. Matt Cox
James Nakashima vs. Kris Hocum
Adam Martinez vs. James Fleming
Joe Guerrero vs. A.J. Robb (a)
Dylan Stubblefield vs. Weston Turner (a)

(a) – denotes amateur contest

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