RFA 22 will be taking place on January 9th, at the Southwest Event Center in Colorado Springs, and will be headlined by TUF vet Gilbert Smith (10-3) of Team Victory and Chidi Njokuani (11-4-0-1nc) of One Kick’s Gym and Sergio Penha BJJ battling for the vacant RFA Welterweight Title.
Since a submission loss to Bubba McDaniel at the TUF 17 finally, Smith has won 5 of his last 6 including back to back wins over Ben Brewer (SUB) and Bojan Velickovic (MD). Smith has earned all 6 of his career stoppage victories by submission.
Njokuani at RFA 18 scored a unanimous decision win over Steve Hanna. One bout prior Njokuani nailed Chris Heatherly with an illegal elbow to the spine that led the bout to being called a no contest. Njokuani is (6-1-0,1 nc ) in his last 7. “Chidi Bang Bang” has 8 of 9 stoppage wins by (T)KO.
In the co-main event at 145 lbs. Jackson’s/ Winkeljohn’s fighter Donald Sanchez (30-14) faces Mark “Tricky” Dickman (9-2) of One Kick’s Gym and Sergio Penha BJJ. Sanchez a former KOTC champion and vet of Bellator and One FC, has won 5 of his last 6 coming off a Legacy FC 36, unanimous decision win over Charles Cheeks III. Dickman has won 4 of his last 5 coming off a RFA 17, unanimous decision loss to Justin Lawrence.
Also officially announced for the event and at Featherweight Alvin Robinson (14-8) meets Ricky Musgrave (14-3). Coming off a RFA 20, 1st round submission of Fabio Serrao, Robinson seeks consecutive victories for the first time since 2010. Musgrave makes his RFA debut on a 3 fight winning streak with a pair of those wins being scored inside the Bellator cage.