After RFA 22 ended with Chidi Njokuani defeating Gilbert Smith by unanimous decision the Welterweight title was still vacant, due to Njokuani having missed weight. Now Benjamin Smith (10-2) will tangle with Tat Romero (24-5) for the vacant RFA 170 lbs. title.
Smith a member of Xtreme Couture, has won 5 in a row, including at RFA 20, defeating Josh Cavan by unanimous decision. Romero who fights out of the Minnesota Fight Factory is riding a 6 fight win streak, with 4 of the wins coming by knock out. Romero has been a pro MMA fighter since 2004 and in that time has racked up 21 stoppage wins with 12 knock outs.
In the nights co-main event Jeff Curran (36-16-1) meets Melvin Blumer (11-2). Curran has been a pro fighter since 1998 and has fought for the UFC, Strikeforce, Bellator, XFO; and will be getting back to action for the first time in 18 months. Curran last fought at RFA 9 losing a split decision to Pedro Munhoz. Blumer is currently on the longest win streak of his career, having won his last 5, including his most recent win a knock out of Dennis Dombrow.
Marvin Blumer (11-4) , Melvin’s brother will also be in action squaring off with Jarred Mercado (12-2). Blumer has won 4 of 5, rebounding from a King of the Cage TKO loss to Frankie Saenz, with a RFA 19, guillotine choke, submission of Junior Maranhao. Mercado is 2-1 in his last 3 coming off a RFA 20, TKO loss to Luke Sanders, which came after consecutive decision wins over Josh Huber and Daniel Swain.
Also official for RFA 24 is Dan Moret (7-1) vs. Daniel Swain (12-4-1), Andre Tieva (8-0) vs. Matt Brown (9-4), and Bojan Velickovic (9-3) vs. Chris Hugh (16-9).