Undefeated Jackson-Wink fighter “Groovy” Landon Vannata (7-0) will be challenging Brazilian Raoni Barcelos (9-1) for the RFA Featherweight Title, March 4th; in the main event of RFA 36.
RFA 36 will take place at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minnesota; which is where Vannata made his promotional debut with a crushing TKO of Chad Curry, that was a RFA knockout of the year candidate. As dangerous as a striker as Vannata has proven to be, he actually has more wins via submission with 4 and only 2 knockouts. Recently on The DC Life Uncensored Jackson-Wink striking coach Brandon Gibson said of Vannata “he’s a next generation fighter”.
Quote from rfafighting.com “Saturday morning headlines will read: ‘Barcelos goes down! RFA’s Groovy King has been crowned! During the fight he looked scared and confused, Raoni didn’t know what to do. When Lando attacked, he never held back. He hit him like Tyson and danced like Ali. The champ had fallen before the end of three’,” proclaimed Vannata.
Barcelos has 5 of 6 stoppage wins via knockout and is 3-1 in the RFA octagon. Since being submitted at RFA 14, by Mark Dickman, Barcelos has knocked out Jamal Park and won the RFA 145lbs. Title with a unanimous decision win over Ricky Musgrave at RFA 29, which was the Brazil vs. USA event.
Quote from rfafighting.com “I am very happy to defend my RFA world title at RFA 36,” stated Barcelos. “RFA shows the best new MMA talent in the world and it is now televised live here in Brazil. All of my friends, family, and teammates now have the opportunity to watch me live on Esporte Interativo. It’s a dream come true and an honor to be a champion of a great event like the RFA. This belt is coming back home to Brazil in March.”
The co-main event will see Minnesota’s own Melvin “The Career Killer” Blumer (12-3) against Shawn “The Exception” West (12-6-0, 1nc). Blumer 6-1 in his last 7, will be looking to rebound from a RFA 32 TKO loss to Leandro Higo. West is undefeated in his last 8 and on a 4 fight win streak; with 6 wins by way of knockout. These 2 have a combined 22 wins by stoppage.
The card will also feature a Flyweight bout with UFC vet Chico “King” Camus (14-7-0, 1nc) squaring off with RFA vet Matt Brown (10-5), who’s won 4 of 5; and will be dropping to 125 lbs. for the first time.