On Friday, Aug. 7, Resurrection Fighting Alliance hosted its 28th event from the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis. The night’s main card aired live on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET.
In the night’s main event, the promotion crowned a new middleweight champion as Andrew Sanchez locked horns with John Poppie. The 27-year-old Sanchez returned from a year-long layoff in June to earn his third win under the RFA banner. All six of his career wins had come before the final bell, including four by knockout. Similarly, Wisconsin’s Poppie had stopped five of his six wins before the scorecards and entered his promotional debut riding a four-fight winning streak.
The co-main event featured former RFA flyweight titleholder Matt Manzanares, who returned to the promotion after a two-fight absence, to take on newcomer Ken Porter. Manzanares had fallen on tough times since capturing gold at RFA 14 last April, dropping three straight. Porter, meanwhile, made his RFA debut having won four straight fights.