Justin Lawrence (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

RFA 25 Results: Lawrence Stops Toomer, France Outlasts Checco

On Friday, April 10, Resurrection Fighting Alliance held its 25th event from the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. The night’s main card will air live on AXS TV.

In the night’s main event, the promotion’s featherweight kingpin, Justin Lawrence, locked horns with unbeaten Sam Toomer. A veteran of both the UFC and Strikeforce, Lawrence had scored back-to-back wins over Luis Saldana and Mark Dickman under the RFA banner. The 24-year-old had extended his record to 6-2 in the process. Toomer, meanwhile, carried an unblemished record of 9-0. The Californian also had earned two straight wins in the RFA cage, besting both Daniel Aguiar and Altair Alencar.

The co-main event also featured RFA gold on the line as middleweight Gabriel Checco squared off with Francisco “Kiko” France. Checco bounced back from the first and only loss of his career with a 74-second demolition of Joseph Henle in February. The Strikeforce and WSOF veteran France had scored back-to-back, first-round submission wins in the RFA cage.


Justin Lawrence def. Sam Toomer by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 4:55 – for featherweight title
Francisco “Kiko” France def. Gabriel Checco by unanimous decision (49-46 x3) – for middleweight title
Geane Herrera def. Josh Rave by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 4:09
Jordon Larson def. Jarred L’Heureux by TKO (doctor’s stoppage). Round 2, 5:00
LaRue Burley def. T.J. Hepburn by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1, 3:49
Khalil Rountree def. Cameron Olson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Devin Clark def. Jaquis Williams by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Matt Lopez def. Devin Turner by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 2:46
Bryce Logan def. Matt Bentz by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Tyler Mathison def. Nate Larson by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 2:53 (a)
Nate Flanders def. Nate Schussler by submission (armbar). Round 1, 2:14 (a)

(a) – denotes amateur contest