Like many fighters, Jordan Rinaldi wants to land a lucrative spot in the UFC. With such a small roster compared to the number of fighters out there, the UFC is where only the best land contracts. Rinaldi thinks his time with Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) might be the best route to get noticed by the UFC.
“The RFA is the perfect avenue to get [to the UFC],” said Rinaldi on MMA Junkie Radio. “The connections they have with the UFC are obvious. They’ve really been a breeding ground for fighters to move up to the next level.”
Rinaldi was selected for The Ultimate Fighter 15 cast, but Joe Proctor eliminated him with a submission. The featherweight never got a second chance for the largest North American MMA promotion.
At 6-1, Rinaldi had his six fight win streak snapped last year in a decision loss to Jared Downing. That was back in November and it was his second appearance for RFA. He returns at RFA 9 opposite the 6-0 Brian Ortega. That’s later today, August 16, from the StubHub Center in Los Angeles, CA.
Ed Soares is the president of RFA and also manages some of the top names in the business. His clients include current and past champions in Jose Aldo, Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida.
One of RFA’s top names is their new flyweight champion Sergio Pettis, who is the younger brother of UFC lightweight No. 1 contender Anthony Pettis.