TUF season 2 and sixteen-time UFC vet Joe Stevenson has a disappointing return to the independent scene as he fell to TFC vet Dakota Cochrane in the main event of Resurrection Fighting Alliance’s third show. RFA 3 took place June 30th at the Viaero Event Center in Kearny, Nebraska with a live broadcast on Fight Now! TV as well as a pay-per-view webcast.
Stevenson started out trying to take down Cochrane but it was Cochrane who ended up on top before a sweep by Stevenson resulted in the fighters returning to their feet. Cochrane landed the only real significant blow of the fight right before the end of the round, definitely a winning one for Cochrane. In round 2 Cochrane landed some good knees before finding the rear-naked choke for the win, his twelfth career win and the end of his two-fight slide. Stevenson meanwhile exits with five losses in a row, his last win being October 2009.
In the co-main event TPF vet Chidi Njokuani picked up his third win in a row with a decision over TFC vet Bobby Cooper. Njokuani never seemed in trouble as he landed kicks, scored takedowns, and threw short elbows from top position for three rounds. Njokuani, now 8-3, has won his last three in a row with this fight being his first to go to the judges.
RFA 3 results:
Brandon Neujahr-Gomez def. James Donahue R1 by TKO
Erin Smith def. LaNita Jackson 3:00 R1 by TKO
Jesus Sandoval def. Duane Johnson by unanimous decision
Julian Marquez def. Tony Rodriguez R1 by rear-naked choke
Carl Postma def. Anthony Alirez 0:19 R1 by KO
T.J. Hepburn def. Jeremy Mier 4:59 R1 by TKO
Aaron Ely def. Matt Manzanares 3:21 R2 by guillotine choke
Nick Macias def. Sean Wilson 1:03 R2 by rear-naked choke
Jordan Rinaldi def. Mark Dickman by unanimous decision
James Krause def. Amir Khillah by split decision
Bubba Jenkins def. Jesus Adame 1:08 R1 by rear-naked choke
Chidi Njokuani def. Bobby Cooper by unanimous decision
Dakota Cochrane def. Joe Stevenson 1:04 R2 by rear-naked choke