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WORDS OF INSPIRATION: Getting pumped for RFA 19 at Mystic Lake Print E-mail
Written by Nick Palmer   
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 11:52

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Breaking down my 5 favorite fights for the RFA show on Oct. 10 at Mystic Lake (tickets available now):

Matt Brown vs John Castaneda

I’m very excited to see this fight. I’ve seen John Castaneda fight several times and he seems to improve with every fight. He had a minor setback the first time he met Matt Brown in the cage, and I know he’s looking to wash that loss off his record by redeeming himself this time around. Matt Brown is the current 135-pound Driller champion and he also just won another title over a very tough opponent in Dominick Sindone at WXC Evolution in Michigan. In this matchup of Castaneda vs Brown II, I am expecting nothing short of fireworks from start to finish.

Jordan Griffin vs Dan Moret

Jordan Griffin has probably his toughest fight to date as he’s scheduled to take on Dan Moret at 145 pounds. Jordan is currently 7-3

and on a six-fight winning streak and he’s fighting out of Wisconsin under Duke Roufus’ gym. Dan Moret is coming off of his first career loss, but I know he’s got to be itching to get back in the win column. Dan is one of the most feared fighters in Minnesota and Jordan is definitely going to have his hands full in this fight. This is a fight that fans won’t want to miss.

Carl Deaton III vs Jeff Curran

Carl Deaton III is really stepping up to the plate with this fight. Carl is currently 8-1 with his only loss coming by way of KO to the always game Mike Hernandez. Carl has finished all but one of his opponents and is currently on a four-fight win streak. He’s looking at making a huge statement in this fight against Jeff Curran. Jeff Curran is a long-time veteran of the sport and he’s a UFC, Strikeforce, WEC and Bellator vet. I really hope Jeff isn’t overlooking Deaton in this bout because I know Deaton is going to bring his A game and judging off his previous bouts, I know Deaton will be looking for the finish. You have to take your hat off to a guy like Deaton as he’s willing to make a big step up in his competition. This is another fight that will be explosive from start to finish.

Jake Ouradnik vs Mike Zimmer

Jake Ouradnik vs Mike Zimmer is one of my favorite fights on this stacked RFA card. Jake is coming off his first pro win. He submitted a submission specialist in Charles Hanson in the first round. Jake was caught in a triangle early, but he showed off his heart and toughness by fighting through it. Jake is fighting out of the Minnesota School of Martial Arts with the MN Militia. He’s a fellow teammate of mine and he’s one of the hardest working guys I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Mike Zimmer is a product of the Academy and he’s also coming off a win. He submitted Rick Jackson in the first round at the Muse in April. Mike is another very tough fighter. Every time I see him fight he impresses me. This fight has fight of the night potential.

Junior Maranhao vs Marvin Blumer

Marvin Blumer is one of the most feared 135-pounders in the entire Midwest and some are saying this is his toughest fight to date. I think he’s at a point in his career where every fight from here on out can and probably will be considered his toughest fight. Marvin is another product from the Minnesota School of Martial Arts in Shafer, Minn. He’s another guy who works hard every day and I know he’s looking to get back to his winning ways, and hopefully after this fight, he will get the recognition he deserves and a shot in the UFC. Marvin is coming off a controversial loss by doctor stoppage due to a cut over his eye. This loss came in Arizona when he fought for the KOTC 135-pound title. His opponent, Frankie Saenz, made his UFC debut shortly after their fight and Saenz won a decision against UFC newcomer NolanTicman. Junior Maranhao is also on the verge on going to the UFC. Maranhao is being flown in from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Maranho last fought for RFA back in April when he fought Matt Manzanares for the RFA 135 title. Maranhao suffered a split-decision loss in that bout. In between rounds, Maranhao fainted, he was woken up in his corner and he continued the fight. Many think that if Maranhao would have won that fight, he’d be in the UFC right now.

This is a card that every Minnesota fight fan should attend. If they sell out this show, you can expect to see the RFA in Minnesota for years to come.