Bojan Velickovic (Phil Lambert/Combat Press)

RFA 34 Results: Velickovic Submits Smith, Captures Welterweight Title

On Friday, Jan. 15, Resurrection Fighting Alliance returned to the Denver area for its 34th event. The promotion once again visited the¬†1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo. The night‚Äôs main card aired live on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET. The event marked the promotion’s seventh visit to Colorado.

In the night’s main event, the promotion’s former welterweight champion, Benjamin Smith, looked to regain the 170-pound title against Serbian native¬†Bojan Velickovic.¬†Both fighters fell short against¬†Gilbert “Jamal” Smith, who recently vacated the title.

Benjamin Smith rebounded from his title defeat to Gilbert Smith with a unanimous decision win over Craig Eckelberg at RFA 32 in November. Prior to losing his belt, the Minnesota fighter had not tasted defeat since 2013.


Velickovic, meanwhile, had reeled off three straight wins since falling to Gilbert Smith at RFA 20. The 26-year-old was most recently in action at RFA 31 in Las Vegas, where he bested Vardan Sholinian on the scorecards.

Bojan Velickovic def. Ben Smith by submission (guillotine choke). Round 3, 1:51 – for welterweight title
John Poppie def. Adam Stroup by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
Jeremy Kimball def. Cody Mumma by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
Zac Riley def. Hugo Viana by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
Brian Camozzi def. Tyler Milner by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 1:20
Cory Sandhagen def. Andrew Tennyson by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
Eric Grant def. Lucas Dias by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 3:08
Joe Guerrero def. Miles Welk by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 2:56 (a)
Sonny Yohn def. César Bonilla by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 1:59 (a)
Gurusahai Good def. Chelsya Howard by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3) (a)
Cody Yohn def. Tanner Carrico by submission (standing guillotine choke). Round 1, 0:26 (a)
Mallory Martin def. Melissa Parker by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 3, 2:09 (a)

(a) – denotes amateur contest