Abel Cullum (Taro Irei/Sherdog)

RFA 19 Gets New Co-Main Event as Abel Cullum Replaces Jeff Curran

Resurrection Fighting Alliance’s trip to the land of 10,000 lakes on Friday, Oct. 10 has a new co-main event.

Just weeks after returning to the cage at RFA 18, New Mexico bantamweight Abel Cullum will replace former RFA title challenger and UFC veteran Jeff Curran against Minnesota product Carl Deaton III.

RFA 19 takes place from the Mystic Lake Casino and Hotel in Prior Lake, Minn.


In the night’s main event, the promotion’s vacant middleweight title will be up for grabs as American Jake Collier takes on unbeaten Brazilian Gabriel Checco.

Also on the main card will be a bantamweight affair between RFA vet Junior Maranhão and Marvin Blumer, a featherweight contest featuring Dan Moret and Jordan Griffin, a women’s strawweight battle between Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger and Rebecca Ruth, as well as a bantamweight fight featuring John Castaneda and Matt Brown.

In addition to the main card bouts, the promotion has revealed that women’s atomweights Raquel Magdaleno and Invicta FC vet Cassie Rodish will square off, lightweights Mike Zimmer and Jacob Ouradnik will lock horns, and Zak Ottow takes on Nate Howe at welterweight.

The RFA 19 main card will air live on AXS TV beginning at 10 p.m. ET. More fights for the event will be announced in the coming weeks.

Current RFA 19 Fight Card
Jake Collier vs. Gabriel Checco – for vacant middleweight title
Abel Cullum vs. Carl Deaton III
Junior Maranhão vs. Marvin Blumer
Dan Moret vs. Jordan Griffin
Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger vs. Rebecca Ruth
John Castaneda vs. Matt Brown
Raquel Magdaleno vs. Cassie Rodish
Mike Zimmer vs. Jacob Ouradnik
Zak Ottow vs. Nate Howe