Looking Back at RFA: The Top RFA Alumni

The Resurrection Fighting Alliance has long been considered the top feeder organization to the UFC.  The promotion has sent nearly 50 fighters into the UFC’s roster.  Recently, it was announced that RFA and Legacy were merging to create one big regional promotion.  With RFA’s last event on the horizon, we take a look at who the top RFA alumni are.

  1. Mirsad Bektic –bektic

Bektic is only 4-0 in the UFC, but he has all the makings of a future contender or even a title holder.  I believe when all is said and done, Bektic will be the best of the RFA alums.  He probably would have been closer had it not been for a serious injury that sidelined him.

2. Tim Elliott –

Tim Elliott was in the RFA before his first stint in the UFC.  He has fought against some of the best in the world at flyweight and is now on the brink of a title shot against Demetrious Johnson.  If he were to somehow pull off the upset, he would move to number 1.

3. Brian Ortega –

Ortega has been impressive inside the octagon.  He has notched some great wins, and is currently ranked #10 in the featherweight division.  The former RFA champion is currently sidelined with an injury, but when he returns, I expect him to continue his move up the ladder.

4. Andrew Sanchez

Sanchez is a guy that has a real shot an becomming number 1 eventually.  He is an Ultimate Fighter winner who will sanchez_with_beltbe competing in the UFC’s middleweight division.  I believe that right now he can compete at a high level.  I fully expect Sanchez to be an eventual contender in the division.

5. Brandon Thatch

Thatch had a nice run in the UFC before being slowed down with a few loses.  He had moments where he looked like an elite welterweight.  I believe that he will continue to have a solid career within the UFC.

6. Zach Makovsky

Makovsky came into RFA with a solid resume already.  In RFA, he dropped to flyweight and quickly got onto UFC”s radar.  Makovsky has fought some of the best in the division and proven himself to be a top tiered flyweight.

7. Pedro Munhoz

The former RFA bantamweight champion has been a solid and exciting fighter in the UFC’s 135 pound division.  He is sure to always put on a good fight and is a real threat to anyone.

 

8. Marion Reneau

Reneau was somewhat of a surprise succcess story in the UFC.  She came into the UFC as an older fighter, but she has shown she can hang with anyone.

9. Johnny Casse

Case is only a 1-fight RFA veteran, but he has been really solid in the UFC.  He is 4-1 in the UFC so far.  It was recently announced that he will fight James Vick in early 2017.

10. Sergio Pettis

Sergio is 5-2 in the UFC so far.  He had a brief stint in the bantamweight division, but is back where he belongs at flyweight.  He has a real chance to emerge as a contender in an upcoming fight with Jussier Formiga.

11. Jake Collier

Collier is moving up to the light heavyweight division, where I expect him to have a good run.  Expect to see him fight in early 2017.  Collier is always willing to throw hands and is a proven dangerous opponent.

12. James Krause

Krause had a nice run in RFA before being signed to the UFC.  He has a 4-3 record inside the octagon.  Despite a little bit of inconsitency, he has shown flashes of what he is capable of.  I believe that if we see the best James Krause he can beat a lot of the UFC’s roster of lightweights.

13. Alan Jouban

Jouban is 5-2 inside the UFC.  He is more known for putting on exciting fights than anything else.  However, he is also a very good fighter.  Jouban is slated to fight Mike Perry in what is bound to be an exciting fight from start to finish.

 

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