Resurrection Fighting Alliance has announced the main event for its upcoming, August 16th card in Los Angeles has incurred a significant change, as UFC vet Jeff Curran will now fight for the vacant bantamweight title instead of Keoni Koch. The latter was scheduled to fight Pedro Munhoz for the belt at RFA 9, however, he’s been forced to drop out due to a hand injury.
Curran (34-15-1) was scheduled to battle Sergio Pettis for the RFA flyweight title in June, but after his family dog was seriously injured, he withdrew from the contest. Now the 35 year-old, UFC vet, will look to record his second win in a row, after he worked his way to a unanimous decision win over Joshua Killion at Extreme Challenge 227 in May. Prior to the win, Curran dropped back-to-back UD losses to Scott Jorgensen and Johnny Eduardo and was released by the UFC.
Curran has relayed previously that he’s hoping to use a RFA championship win to spring board back into the UFC.
Munhoz (8-0) fought at RFA 8 in June and submitted Mitch Jackson in the first round with a guillotine choke. The Black House / Kings MMA fighter also tapped out Bill Kamery with an opening round, heel hook at RFA last November.
RFA 9 will be hosted by L.A’s Stub Hub Center and the card will be broadcast on AXS TV. Some of the others bouts scheduled for the event include Kevin Casey vs. Casey Ryan, Steve Mocco vs. James Wilson and Jordan Rinaldi vs. Brian Ortega.