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RFA 22 Set for Jan. 9 in Colorado Springs, Features Gilbert Smith vs. Chidi Njokuani Title Fight

On Friday, Jan. 9, Resurrection Fighting Alliance will head to Colorado Springs, Colo. for its 22nd event. The promotion will visit the the Broadmoor World Arena. The night’s main card will air live on AXS TV.

In the night’s main event, the promotion will crown a new welterweight champion as UFC veteran Gilbert “Jamal” Smith squares of striking stalwart Chidi Njokuani. Smith will fighting in his own backyard and steps into the title tilt having won five of his last six fights. The TUF alum was last in action in November at RFA 20, topping Bojan Velickovic. Six of his 10 career wins have come by way of submission. Njokuani, meanwhile, will be making his sixth appearance under the RFA banner. The 26-year-old has won six of his last eight fights. He’s stopped eight of his 11 wins by some form of knockout.

The co-main event of the evening will feature a featherweight contest between former RFA title challenger Mark Dickman and Bellator veteran Donald Sanchez. Dickman fell short in conquest for gold, dropping a five-round decision to UFC veteran Justin Lawrence at RFA 17 in August. The loss snapped in a four-fight winning streak. Sanchez, a Jackson-Wink MMA product, will be entering his 45th career fight. The 30-year-old New Mexico-based fighter has won five of his last six contests leading into his promotional debut.


RFA 22 Fight Card
Gilbert “Jamal” Smith vs. Chidi Njokuani – for vacant welterweight title
Mark Dickman vs. Donald Sanchez
Alvin “Kid” Robinson vs. Ricky Musgrave
Prentice Ingram vs. Josh Huber
Dominic Montoya vs. Yomi Heredia
Joey Eisenbraun vs. Kevin Gray
Adam Martinez vs. David Payne
James Nakashima vs. Victor McCullough
Joe Guerrero vs. Jamie Hernandez (a)
Sonny Yohn vs. Malcomb Vrecenar (a)
Cody Yohn vs. Artem Marchuk (a)

(a) – denotes amateur contest