On Friday, Nov. 7, Resurrection Fighting Alliance returned to the Denver area for its 20th event. The promotion once again visited the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo. The night’s main card aired live on AXS TV beginning at 10 p.m. ET.
In the night’s main event, the promotion crowned a new bantamweight champion as unbeaten Luke Sanders took on Jarred Mercado. Only Sanders was eligible for the belt, as Mercado came in four pounds overweight for the bout. Sanders entered the contest with a perfect, 8-0 record. The 28-year-old XFC veteran had picked up wins over Dan Moret and Darrick Minner inside the RFA cage. The Colorado-based Mercado had tasted defeat just once in his 13-fight career. A former Northwestern wrestler, Mercado earned a decision win over Daniel Swain at RFA 16 in July.
The co-main event of the evening featured a pair of battle-tested welterweights as Colorado’s Josh Cavan took on Benjamin Smith. Cavan saw his four-fight winning streak end in July in a hard-fought war with current UFC fighter Chris Heatherly. The 34-year-old Smith had reeled off four straight leading into the contest, and was looking for his first win under the RFA banner.
For the full results of the event, click here.
Above is video of the preliminary card atomweight contest between Stephanie Skinner and Kyra Batara.
Note: No audio track was available for the fight.
Benjamin Smith vs. Josh Cavan
Gilbert “Jamal” Smith vs. Bojan Velickovic
Alvin “Kid” Robinson vs. Fabio Serrao
Cody Mumma vs. Colton Vaughn
Boston Salmon vs. James DeHerrera
Stephanie Skinner vs. Kyra Batara
Chris Mierzwiak vs. Joe Miles
Joe Guerrero vs. Nicholas Clem (a)
(a) – denotes amateur contest