Ed Soares Talks Competitive Fights on RFA 4 & Anderson Silva’s Legacy

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Ed Soares, President of the Resurrection Fighting Alliance and renowned MMA manager to the likes of UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva and more, can’t wait for Resurrection Fighting Alliance 4 to make its debut in Fight Town USA at the Texas Station in Las Vegas Friday night at 5pm PT.

Local fighters like Jimmy Jones, Chidi Njokuani and Tyler Perry are fighting on the card. Also, Team Alpha Male prospect, Lance Palmer (4-0, MMA) is set to scrap. The main event on the 11-fight card features Efrain Escudero and Tyson Griffin.

Soares knows that Escudero and Griffin will be sure to deliver in the main event and he’s pumped for the upcoming night of fights. “It’s going to be a really entertaining fight card. We have Chidi against Phil Dace is the co-main event. We got Marcio Cruz vs Joe Yager. We’ve got a pretty stacked card.”

Recently, Soares announced on Inside MMA that they would merge with the Titan Fighting Championship. He further explained on MMA Fight Corner that the deal is virtually done. “It’s pretty much finalized. We basically have merged with them. We’ve just acquired the people running it to work together and just get all of us together to build up a good organization.

“Like I’ve said previously, right now in the world of MMA, there’s a ton of talent being created out there. Unfortunately, everyday that goes by, it seems like there’s less and less opportunity. So I think it’s very, very important for new organizations to pop up to be able to develop talent and feed them into the big show. And that’s exactly what we’re here to do. We’re here to create more opportunities for fighters, give them a place where they can start their careers off. And the also, for guys that are having a rough time in the UFC, or in other big shows, they kind of need to go back a little bit to the farm league and build themselves up, that’s what we’re here for. We’re here to provide more opportunities for fighters.”

Another fight on the card that Soares is highly anticipating is the debut of UFC lightweight Anthony Pettis’ brother, Sergio Pettis (5-0, MMA) vs Jimmy Jones (4-1, MMA). “That’s definitely going to be good. A lot of people are interested in seeing Sergio. He’s got some good genes, you know, with his brother. If he’s half as exciting as Anthony, you know it’s going to be a great television fight. Something in those Pettis’.”

One thing the RFA has done is provided fans with a great fight card that has interesting matchups. Soares said that’s the goal of the organization.

“We want to create good fights. It’s not like we’re trying to put lopsided fights together…We want to put real competitive fights that are going to be  good on televison for people to really test themselves. Because to get to that the next level, when you step up and go to the big organizations, you’re going to be fighting top competition. So I don’t think it makes sense for anybody to sit there and have easy fights to build up their records – because the minute they really get tested, their going to crumble.”

One of the prospects that Soares was particularly psyched to have on the card is Brazlian fighter, Guilherme Trindade. He holds a record of  8-0 and has seven knockouts.  Prior to joining RFA, he was at 170 but has gone down a weight class to face James Krause on the televised card on AXS TV.

“This is his first fight at 155 and I believe he’ll go down to 145, not a problem, because he’s finally starting to look in shape. This kid’s got heavy hands, he’s pretty good all around, but he’s a very exciting fighter,” Soares said.

Still wearing both hats running a fight promotion and managing fighters as well, Soares took a moment to discuss just how great Anderson Silva is. Coming off his most recent win at UFC 153 where Silva seemed to taunt Stephan Bonnar and then handed him the first TKO of his career, or when he knocked out Vitor Belfort with a front kick, or when he submitted Chael Sonnen with a triangle, Soares said he’s used to Silva pulling off the impossible.

“Nothing shocks me anymore. I just always say to him right before he gets in the ring, what I always say to him. I always look at him and I always whisper in his ear, ‘Just go in there and get out of there as quick as possible’. And what he normally does, he gives me a kiss on the forehead and says ‘Don’t worry about me. I’ll be fine. I’ll be in there and get out’.

“Regardless of what’s happening with Anderson, one thing that I always believe in my heart is that at any moment he’s going to turn the fight,” Soares said as he recalled UFC 117 when Anderson Silva first fought Chael and rallied the crowd before submitting Sonnen.  “He never seems to amaze me. To me, not only because he’s a guy that I represent, but to me I do believe he is the greatest fighter of all time.”

With Silva being 37 and time running out for him to continue his legacy in MMA, Soares responded to Jon Jones’ comments that he doesn’t want to be the guy who beats Anderson, nor the guy that loses to him. “Maybe I don’t want Anderson to be the guy that beats him,” Soares said of the potential superfight.

RFA 4 kicks off at the Dallas Event Center inside the Texas Station on Friday, Nov. 2nd at 5pm PT in Vegas. It will also be televised on AXS TV starting at 10pm ET/7pm PT. The main card will be televised.

Main Card:

Tyson Griffin vs. Efrain Escudero
Fredson Paixão vs. Alessandro “Zoio” Ferreira
Marcio Cruz vs. Joe Yager
Chidi Njokuani vs. Phil Dace
James Krause vs. Guilherme Trindade
Dakota Cochrane vs. Derrick Burnsed
Sergio Pettis vs. Jimmy Jones

Preliminary Card:
Chris Holdsworth vs. Tyler Shinn
Steve Mocco vs. Carl Postma
Gregor Gillespie vs. Joey Angelo:
Jerry Shapiro vs. Cory Galloway

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