LAS VEGAS - Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) president Ed Soares announced today that the RFA will be returning to South Dakota in April and is set to crown its first light-heavyweight champion. Devin "Brown Bear" Clark will look to earn the world title in his hometown against top Brazilian prospect Rafael "Gaucho" Viana. RFA 37 - Clark vs. Viana takes place Friday, April 15, at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 9 p.m.
"I am excited to announce that the RFA will be returning to South Dakota in April," stated Soares. "Devin Clark and Rafael Viana are undefeated and two of the top 205-pound prospects in the world. They will compete for the inaugural RFA light-heavyweight title in the main event of RFA 37."
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Clark (5-0) is the most successful 205-pound fighter in RFA history and is looking to become the promotion's first light-heavyweight champion in front of his hometown crowd. Clark is an NJCAA wrestling champion and golden gloves boxing champion that has quickly seen his name rise to the top of several MMA light-heavyweight prospect rankings. The Lincoln High School graduate has earned over half of his career wins inside the RFA Octagon and will be looking for the biggest win of his career in the main event of RFA 37.
"It's an honor to fight for the inaugural RFA light-heavyweight title in front of my hometown crowd in Sioux Falls," stated Clark. "Becoming the first RFA light-heavyweight champion will mean even more to me since I get to do it against such a talented and tough opponent."
Viana (6-0) is the older brother of Bellator star Guilherme Viana and he also trains alongside UFC star Glover Teixeira. He is a BJJ black belt and the reigning Shooto Brasil light-heavyweight champion. Viana, like Clark, has proven to be clinical with his finishing ability and is eager to fight outside of his native Brazil for the first time. His international debut will also be his first fight televised worldwide and Viana is looking to take full advantage of it.
"I am very honored to be given this opportunity," stated Viana. "This will be my first international fight and it is a great honor to fight for the inaugural RFA light-heavyweight title. I will put on a great show for the fans at RFA 37."
RFA 37 will also feature two of South Dakota's favorite sons as Jordon Larson (6-2) and Logan Storley (2-0) are scheduled to fight on the main card. Larson will be making his fourth appearance for the RFA in his hometown of Sioux Falls against Colorado native Brian Camozzi (5-2). Camozzi is the younger brother of UFC star Chris Camozzi and won his RFA debut at RFA 34 in January in dominating fashion. South Dakota wrestling legend and four-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler Storley is also scheduled to compete at this event. His opponent has not been announced yet, but he will be keeping busy in the meantime. He will be fighting North Dakota native Rode Vocu in two weeks at RFA 36 in Minnesota.
RFA 37 - Clark vs. Viana takes place Friday, April 15th at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Additional bouts on the main card and preliminary card of RFA 37 will be announced soon. This will be the promotion's fourth event to take place in "The Mount Rushmore State" of South Dakota and it will be the fourth RFA event of 2016. The entire main card of RFA 37 will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT this Friday, April 15th.
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