Wednesday, May 2, 2012 


KEARNEY, Nebraska — The Resurrection Fighting Alliance is bringing in its most publicized and successful fighter to date when it hosts its third mixed martial arts event this summer at the Viaero Event Center in Kearney.

UFC veteran and The Ultimate Fighter 2 winner Joe “Daddy” Stevenson headlines the main event and faces Dakota Cochrane, a Nebraska native and one of the RFA lightweight division’s top prospects. Stevenson and Cochrane will fight at 155 pounds.

RFA 3: Stevenson vs Cochrane includes nine scheduled pro fights plus an amateur card and begins at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 30.

“This main event has the makings to be the RFA’s most explosive yet,” said matchmaker Scott Cutbirth. “Dakota is a hometown kid with a big following, and he’s excited to take on a championship-caliber fighter like Joe Stevenson.”

A University of Nebraska at Kearney graduate, Cochrane is 11-3 as a pro and appeared in March on The Ultimate Fighter reality TV series. He has a notable win over World Extreme Cagefighting lightweight champion Jamie Varner.

Stevenson has a 31-14 pro record, fought 16 times in the UFC and is a former No. 1 contender in the UFC’s lightweight division. In 2008, he lost his UFC title fight to B.J. Penn at UFC 80.

Tickets are $22 and $30 (plus $6 fees) and are on sale now at the Event Center box office, by calling 308.338.8011 or online at Ringside tables seat six and cost $600.

The full fight card for RFA 3 will be released soon.

Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) was founded in 2011 and includes a number of prominent businessmen, fight promoters, matchmakers, and others with successful careers in hosting Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) shows across the United States. To learn more or to inquire about ticket information, please visit our website at You can also like RFA on Facebook ( and follow RFA on Twitter (