What has been in the works for months finally was made public Friday night during Inside MMA on AXS-TV. And for the first time since 2012, a major promotion is set to venture into the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
Resurrection Fighting Alliance announced Friday night that RFA 19 will be Friday, Oct. 10 at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake. It's the first Minnesota show for RFA and the first time a major promotion has visited the state since UFC on FX: Browne vs. Bigfoot in October of 20122.
RFA quickly has become the top feeder promotion for the UFC, having close ties to the world's top MMA organization. In the last week alone, several RFA veterans have been promoted to the UFC.
RFA has a television contract with AXS. RFA 19's main card will be shown live on AXS following Inside MMA on Oct. 10.
RFA 19 is being presented in conjunction with the Sterling Entertainment Group.
Inside MMA made public two of the fights that already have been signed for the big show. Several other big-time matchups involving local talent also will be announced in the coming weeks.
The main event is scheduled to be a middleweight title fight between Jake Collier and Gabriel Checco
Collier brings a 7-1 record to Minnesota. His lone loss came against unbeaten World Series of Fighting veteran Kelvin Tiller. That fight was at light heavyweight.
Since the loss, Collier has rattled off four consecutive wins, including a win over Driller/SEG veteran Cully Butterfield.
Checco is considered by many to be one of the top prospects in the world at 185 pounds. He's been listed as "next" in the line of RFA