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The full fight lineup for Resurrection Fighting Alliance's first Minnesota show is complete, and as expected, RFA is delivering in a big way.
RFA 19 is set for Friday, Oct. 10 at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake. The first fight of the night is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The card hits live TV (AXS-TV) at 9 p.m. Tickets for the show are available online at this link, from participating fighters and from the Mystic Lake box office.
The night features a middleweight world title fight between Jake Collier and Gabriel Checco. Currently six fights are scheduled for the TV broadcast, with two bouts designated as swing bouts.
Over the past two weeks, the fight card has changed due to injuries. The biggest change has come in the co-main event.
Minnesota standout Carl Deaton III was set to face Jeff Curran in a 135-pound showdown. But Curran suffered an injury while preparing for the fight and was forced to pull out.
Stepping up in Curran's place is veteran Abel Cullum. The fight with Deaton still is slotted as the co-main event.
Cullum brings a 14-5 professional record into the fight. He's an RFA, Dream and ShoXC veteran who has fought many of the top fighters in the world. He Cullum moved up the RFA ladder quickly with a stellar performance in his last fight. He submitted Ulysses Gomez in the first round at RFA 18 on Sept. 12. The fight with Deaton will be his second RFA appearance.
Deaton is considered one of Minnesota's top prospects. Training out of the Academy, Deaton carries an 8-1 record and is currently ranked No. 3 in the Minnesota MMA News Unified Rankings.
Most of the remaining televised bouts remain the same.
Minnesota sensation Marvin Blumer will square off against Junior Maranho in a 135 bout, while Jocelyn Lybarger and Becky Gullet square off in a women's 115 fight.
Two more Minnesota prospects also are slated for TV bouts. Dan "The Hitman" Moret will take on Jordan Griffin in a 145 fight, while John Castaneda gets another shot at Matt Brown at 135. Moret already is an RFA veteran, while Castaneda will be making his big-show debut.
Three Minnesota fighters are currently slotted for swing bouts. One of the most anticipated local fights pits the MN Militia's Jake Ouradnik against