Minnesota MMA fans once again will be treated to a showcase of many of the state's top prospects Friday night when Resurrection Fighting Alliance returns to Mystic Lake Casino near Prior Lake.
RFA 40 is set to begin at 6 p.m. Friday, with doors opening at 5:30. The main card, which will air live on AXS-TV, begins at 9 p.m. Tickets for the show still are available through participating fighters, online at cagetix.com and through the Mystic Lake box office.
The show includes 12 total bouts, and a total eight fighters who appeared in the latest MNMMANEWS Unified Rankings will be in action. That number includes five fighters who are ranked No. 5 or higher and two top-ranked fighters. There also are two showdowns between fighters who are both ranked in Minnesota.
It should be noted that the fight between Robiel Tesfaldet and Kazim Khan is off. Khan was slammed by a teammate at practice this week and injured his back, forcing him to pull out of the contest. Khan is a 5-1 prospect from the Academy.
Once again for the RFA, matchmaker Jeremy Bjornberg offers his thoughts and we get predictions from Hawkeye Fighter. Enjoy!
Blake Bilder vs. Clay Uddley
Records: Uddley is 4-3, while Bilder is 5-0.
State ranking: Uddley is unranked, Bilder is No. 6 at 145.
Notes: Bilder is a top Minnesota prospect, fighting out of Spartan Martial Arts under Tom Schmitz. He's strong in all areas and also has a background in boxing. It seems likely this will be his final amateur fight. Bilder already has tested himself against some of the Midwest's top amateurs; he's coming off a win over James Reed at RFA 36, and he also has wins over Zach Buros-Nash, Doug Debeck and Sam Hernandez. ...