Under the watchful eye of well known MMA manager Ed Soares, the organization's president, the Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) promotion hosts their eighth show tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET on AXS TV (formerly HDNet).
Headliner Sergio Pettis, younger brother of UFC LW contender Anthony Pettis, was originally set to face UFC veteran Jeff Curran but Curran got hurt. Dillard Pegg has stepped up to take Curran's place.
Pettis spoke to MMA Junkie before the fight:
"It sucks, but the camp was kind of the same - takedown defense and working the striking," Pettis said.
"I had a lot of weight to cut this time," he said. "I got really fat after my last fight - I had three weeks off and I just ate as much as possible, so I got up to 158 and had to lose 33 pounds for this fight. I had two months, but I also went to Brazil during my camp, so it wasn't the cleanest diet for the first two weeks.
"I don't know how much I'm going to grow," he said. "I'm only 19, and maybe my body's going to grow - hopefully. I don't know how long the '25 cut is going to be. It's starting to get harder and harder. Maybe I need to just not eat as much when I'm off training camps. Cutting weight sucks in general, but I make it through it pretty well and my body recovers pretty fast.
"He's going to come forward," Pettis said. "I respect him a lot - he took this fight on short notice. I like to think of myself as a tough opponent. He has nothing to lose for this fight. This is his biggest opportunity, and he's going to try to finish me.
"But I'm not going to let that happen. I'm too smart for that, and I trained way too hard for this fight."
Here's the full card:
Sergio Pettis vs. Dillard Pegg - Sergio Pettis wins by TKO, round 1.
Jared Downing vs. Lance Palmer - Lance Palmer wins by split decision. 46-48 Downing, 48-46 Palmer, 48-46 Downing.
Mike Rhodes vs. Benjamin Smith - Mike Rhodes wins by TKO, round 1.
Jose Pacheco vs. Dan Moret - Dan Moret wins by unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27
James Barber vs. Chinzo Machida
Mitch Jackson vs. Pedro Munhoz - Pedro Munhoz wins by submission (guillotine choke), round 1.
Matt Gauthier vs. Zak Ottow - Zak Ottow wins by submission (arm triangle), round 1.