Chinzo Machida Dazzles, Zach Makovsky Wins Vacant Flyweight Title in RFA 11 Headliner
By: Mike Whitman Nov 23, 2013
Machida did not disappoint in his Ressurection Fighting
Alliance debut at RFA 11, as the karateka buried Brian Wood
with a perfectly-timed flying knee. The event aired live on AXS TV
from the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colo.
With younger brother and former UFC champion Lyoto
Machida in his corner, the 36-year-old defended all of Wood’s
takedown attempts in the opening round while catching him from
distance with round kicks and reverse punches to the body. Just
after the 10-second clap sounded, Wood shot for another takedown
and was met by Machida’s devastating flying knee, knocking him out
Wood was then surrounded for several minutes by medical personnel.
Though he was moving and reportedly signaled with a thumbs up,
according to broadcaster Ron Kruck, the featherweight was
nevertheless taken from the cage on a stretcher.
Makovsky captured the vacant RFA flyweight title on Friday
night in the main event, cruising to a unanimous decision win over
The former Bellator bantamweight champion scored his first
single-leg takedown midway through the first period and never
looked back, repeating the process many times over the course of
his five-round battle with the three-time RFA vet.
Makovsky also threatened with submissions throughout the 25-minute
bout, first fishing for an arm-triangle in round one and later
looking for rear-naked chokes after taking Manzanares’ back in the
second, third and fourth rounds. “Fun Size” also imposed his will
in the final frame, hitting a trio of takedowns before using a
kimura to pass to mount, securing his second victory of 2013.
In the co-main event, Brazilian prospect Raoni
Barcelos improved his pro ledger to 7-0, putting forth a
dominant effort against onetime UFC talent Tyler Toner.
Barcelos left no doubt as to his superiority over the course of 15
minutes, repeatedly taking Toner to the canvas in the first two
rounds and then flooring the American with a stinging left hook in
the final period. Though Toner showed great resolve to survive the
knockdown and the ensuing flurry of ground-and-pound, he
nevertheless saw his opponent earn scores of 30-27 across the board
in a unanimous decision verdict.
Rodolfo Bresolin Rota snatched a stunning knockout win over
Lopez in their middleweight affair, recovering from a trying
first round to turn out Lopez’s lights in the second. Lopaz proved
the more aggressive of the two fighters early, backing up Rota with
hard punches as the Brazilian did his best to counter with low
kicks. Lopez even floored Rota with a head kick to end the frame,
but his success would run out there, as Rota clipped him with a
sharp right straight and left hook that put him down and left him
wide open to absorb Rota’s fight-ending ground-and-pound.
At middleweight, unbeaten prospect Andrew
Sanchez kept his perfect pro record intact, steamrolling
Meredith via first-round technical knockout. The 25-year-old
wasted no time in taking his opponent to the canvas, where he
punched his way into back control and then unloaded with a violent
flurry of punches and elbows that forced referee Tom Johnson
to halt the beating just 1:51 into the contest.
Ingram earned a come-from-behind victory to open the show’s
broadcast, picking up a split-decision win in his professional
debut over Danny
Mainus. Though Mainus took charge of the first frame by scoring
with a takedown and taking Ingram’s back, the ATT Altitude rep
turned the tide in the second as Mainus began to tire. Round three
belonged to Ingram in spite of Mainus’ takedowns, as the debutant
dealt out enough damage from his back to sway two of the three
judges in his favor.