RFA president Ed Soares knows that fighters on his roster can be a steppingstone away from landing a UFC spot if they can prove they have what the biggest MMA promotion in the world wants. Several names from RFA have gone to the UFC.
“I’m so proud of it,” said Soares on MMA Junkie Radio. “We had Tim Elliott go through here. But James Krause goes out there and his last five fights were in the RFA. If you’re doing well in the RFA, you’re knocking on the door of the UFC.”
Krause took Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night at UFC 161 over Canada’s Sam Stout. Elliott went 1-1 for the UFC last year with Fight of the Night to end December. Both headlined RFA 6 or RFA 7.
UFC star Anthony Pettis’ younger brother Sergio Pettis is a budding star in RFA and captured their inaugural flyweight championship in under a minute at RFA 8.
RFA 8 was the promotion’s most recent show on Friday, June 21. It came from The Rave/Eagles Club in Milwaukee, WI.