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RFA 18 Main Card Finalized, Justin Linn Replaces Joey Miolla Against Adrian Cruz

Resurrection Fighting Alliance has finalized the main card for its 18th event on Friday, Sept. 12.

Bantamweight Joey Miolla has been injured and is out of a planned match-up with Bellator veteran Adrian Cruz. Stepping in for Miolla will be RFA veteran Justin Linn. The Cruz-Linn bout will be contested at 140 pounds and will kick off the AXS TV-broadcast main card.

RFA 18 takes place from the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M. and features a flyweight championship bout between Matt Manzanares and Brazil’s Alexandre Pantoja.


In the night’s co-main event, former UFC fighter and multiple-division Tachi Palace title holder Ulysses Gomez will step into the RFA cage for the first time against DREAM and King of the Cage veteran Abel Cullum. Eighteen of the pair’s 27 wins have come via submission.

Also on the card, Chidi Njokuani faces submission specialist Steve Hanna, Brenda Gonzales takes on Heather Bassett in a women’s bantamweight match-up and France’s Mehdi Baghdad faces Evan DeLong in lightweight action.

The RFA 18 main card will air live on AXS TV on Friday, Sept. 12, beginning at 10 p.m. ET.

RFA 18 Fight Card
Matt Manzanares vs. Alexandre Pantoja – for flyweight title
Ulysses Gomez vs. Abel Cullum
Chidi Njokuani vs. Steve Hanna
Brenda Gonzales vs. Heather Bassett
Mehdi Baghdad vs. Evan DeLong
Adrian Cruz vs. Justin Linn
Tim Sosa vs. Zac Riley
Jess Martinez vs. Bronson Mitchell (a)
Nicco Montano vs. Allison Price (a)
Anthony DeVargas vs. Cris Collins (a)
Ernesto Salvidrez vs. Ian Velasquez (a)

(a) – denotes amateur contest