Junior Maranhao Replaces Leandro Higo in RFA 14 Flyweight Title Headliner
By: Mike Whitman Apr 1, 2014
Visa issues will prevent Brazilian talent Leandro
Higo from vying for the vacant flyweight title next
In Higo’s place steps countryman Junior
Maranhao, who now faces Matt
Manzanares for the belt in the RFA 14 headliner. The event
takes place April 11 at the City of Cheyenne Ice and Events Center
in Cheyenne, Wyo., and airs live on AXS TV.
An 11-fight pro, Maranhao rides a six-fight winning streak into RFA
debut, most recently scoring a second-round technical knockout on
home soil this past December. The Brazilian has earned all nine of
his victories by stoppage, collecting six wins via knockout and
another three by submission.
Manzanares previously contended for the vacant RFA title but was
outwrestled by ex-Bellator bantamweight king Zach
Makovsky in their November meeting at RFA 11. The setback
snapped a two-fight winning streak for Manzanares, who finished
Gray and Steve
Swanson to earn his shot at the gold.