RFA 22: Gilbert Smith to Battle Chidi Njokuani for Vacant Welterweight Title
By FCF Staff
Resurrection Fighting Alliance has announced that TUF vet Gilbert Smith will take on Chidi Njokuani for the promotion’s vacant welterweight title on January 9th.
The bout will headline RFA 22, which will be hosted by the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs.
Smith (10-3) is coming off back-to-back victories over Bojan Velickovic and Ben Brewer, after he was decisioned by Brian Foster in May.
“It’s funny that Chidi and I are fighting,” Smith said in the official announcement. “Last summer, during the 4th of July weekend, I was in Las Vegas for my teammate Chris Camozzi. I ended up watching UFC 175 with Chidi. He’s a really cool guy and it never crossed my mind that we would be fighting each other. He’s a taller kickboxer and I’m a shorter wrestler, but it could be decided by my striking versus his grappling.”
Njokuani (11-4) has gone undefeated in three straight fights following a submission loss to Jeremy Kimball last March.
“Gilbert is a cool dude outside of the cage,” Njokuani added. “It will be great to fight someone like him, who has been to the UFC. I know it will be a tough fight, but Fitch is the perfect training partner for him and I will be ready. The fans are going to see a great title fight at RFA 22.”
RFA has also announced that the upcoming event will feature featherweight Donald Sanchez (30-12) taking on Mark Dickman (9-2) in the co-headliner.
The card will also see featherweight and UFC vet Alvin Robinson (14-8) take on Bellator vet Ricky Musgrave (13-4), and featherweight Prentice Ingram (9-4) versus Landon Vannata (6-0).
The main card for RFA 22 will be broadcast on AXS TV.