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RFA 4 - set for Friday, November 2nd in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) is officially moving from the exotic cornfields of Nebraska to the fight capital of the world of Las Vegas for its fourth installment on Friday, November 2nd, 2012, which will take place at the Dallas Event Center inside Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Griffin vs. Escudero set to co-headline RFA 4 in Las Vegas

The main event will feature a lightweight bout pitting two former UFC stars against each other, as hometown favorite Tyson Griffin faces The Ultimate Fighter 8 (TUF 8) winner Efrain Escudero at RFA 4. Both men will be looking to regain their past glory in the UFC’s backyard of Las Vegas.

During the 5 years that Tyson Griffin fought for the UFC, he became a fan favorite due to his action-packed and explosive style of fighting. Griffin’s skills and crowd pleasing fights earned him five UFC “Fight of the Night” awards and one “Fight of the Year” honor. Griffin will be the hometown favorite, as he is one of the founding members of Xtreme Couture MMA in Las Vegas. He holds wins over fellow MMA stars Urijah Faber, Duane Ludwig, Clay Guida, Thiago Tavares, Rafael dos Anjos, Gleison Tibau, Marcus Aurelio, Hermes Franca, and Manny Gamburyan.

Efrain Escudero burst onto the MMA scene by winning his first 10 pro fights. That earned him an invitation to fight on the eighth season of the UFC’s hit reality television show The Ultimate Fighter (TUF). He submitted Ido Pariente, Shane Nelson, and Junie Browning before defeating Phillipe Nover in the TUF 8 Finale to become the TUF 8 winner. Escudero went 3-2 during his first stint with the UFC. He then went 5-1 outside the UFC, which included a win over Mike Rio (Rio’s only loss). Escudero came back to the UFC late last year on short notice, but lost decisions to former NCAA Division I wrestler Jacob Volkmann and TUF 6 winner Mac Danzig.

RFA 4 will continue in the great tradition of prize fights held in Las Vegas. In a city, which is home to the UFC, Strikeforce, and Top Rank Boxing, the RFA will provide the city’s fight-crazed fans with a 14 bout professional fight card, which will feature some of the sport’s biggest name veterans, as well as some of the top blue chip prospects in the sport. Along with the main event and co-main event, RFA 4 is expected to feature the return of RFA veterans Dakota Cochrane, James Krause, and Alessandro “Zoio” Ferreira as well as local favorites Fredson Paixão, Jimmy Jones, and Jerry Shapiro. Top MMA prospects Bubba Jenkins, Steve Mocco, Gregor Gillespie, Lance Palmer, Chris Holdsworth, Sergio Pettis, and Tyler Shinn are also scheduled to compete.

About RFA:
Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) was founded in 2011 and includes a number of prominent businessmen, fight promoters, matchmakers, and individuals with successful careers in hosting Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) shows across the United States. To learn more, check out our website at, like us on Facebook at, and follow us on Twitter at

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Fight Card

Fight 11
Pro Lightweight Bout (155 lbs.)
Tyson Griffin, 15-6 (Las Vegas, NV)
Efrain Escudero, 18-5 (Tempe, AZ)

Fight 10
Pro Welterweight Bout (170 lbs.)
Chidi Njokuani, 8-3 (Las Vegas, NV)
Phil Dace, 8-2 (Las Vegas, NV)

Fight 9
Pro Light-Heavyweight Bout (205 lbs.)
Marcio "Pe de Pano" Cruz, 7-3 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Joe Yager, 5-0 (Tucson, AZ)

Fight 8
Pro Featherweight Bout (145 lbs.)
Fredson Paixão, 10-4 (Manaus, Brazil)
Lance Palmer, 4-0 (Sacramento, CA)

Fight 7
Pro Lightweight Bout (155 lbs.)
James Krause, 16-4 (Blue Springs, MO)
Guilherme Trindade, 8-0 (Erechim, Brazil)

Fight 6
Pro Lightweight Bout (155 lbs.)
Dakota Cochrane, 12-3 (Omaha, NE)
Derrick Burnsed, 10-2 (Sacramento, CA)

Fight 5
Pro Bantamweight Bout (135 lbs.)
Sergio Pettis, 5-0 (Milwaukee, WI)
Jimmy Jones, 4-1 (Las Vegas, NV)

Fight 4
Pro Bantamweight Bout (135 lbs.)
Chris Holdsworth, 3-0 (Sacramento, CA)
Tyler Shinn, 3-0 (Oklahoma City, OK)

Fight 3
Pro Heavyweight Bout (265 lbs.)
Steve Mocco, 0-0 (Coconut Creek, FL)
Tyler Perry, 1-0 (Las Vegas, NV)
Fight 2
Pro Bantamweight Bout (135 lbs.)
Jerry Shapiro, 0-0 (Las Vegas, NV)
Cory Galloway, 1-1 (Chicago, IL)

Fight 1
Pro Lightweight Bout (155 lbs.)
Joey Angelo, 0-0 (Las Vegas, NV)
Jordan Isordia, 1-1 (Torrance, CA)