RFA 11: Tyler Toner to Battle Raoni Barcelos in New Co-Headliner
By FCF Staff
Resurrection Fighting Alliance has announced a late change to its card this Friday, November 22nd in Denver, as Alvin Robinson has withdrawn from the event due to the fact his wife recently gave birth to triplets. As a result, featherweight Tyler Toner has been moved into the co-main-event bout and will take on Robinson’s original opponent Raoni Barcelos. Toner had been sent to fight Tommy Thompson, however, the vet dropped out of RFA 11 due to a broken foot.
The 28 year-old Barcelos (6-0), who is coming off a knockout win over Erinaldo dos Santos Rodrigues in June, will be making his RFA debut. The BJJ black belt and training partner of UFC champions Jose Aldo and Renan Barao was quoted saying in the official announcement:
“I am very excited to have my first international fight on such a big card against someone as good as Tyler Toner,” said Barcelos. “He has fought some of the best in the world in the UFC, WEC, and Strikeforce. I wanted to fight someone that good to test myself. This will let me showcase my skills against a really tough fighter, which will help me take that next step in my career to the UFC.”
Toner (14-5) hasn’t competed since February when he scored a stoppage win over Cody Carrillo while competing for Ring of Fire. The UFC and WEC vet stated in a press release from the promotion:
“I’ve only gotten a chance to see a little bit of his footage so far, but I know Raoni has incredible jiu-jitsu and his striking is pretty good too, said Toner. I always try to do what I do best. I will go out there, play my game, and look for the knock out. I’m undefeated against undefeated fighters and plan to keep it that way.”
RFA 11 will be headlined by a flyweight title fight between Junior Olympian boxer Matt Manzanares and former Bellator champion Zach Makovsky. The card will be broadcast live on AXS TV.