Cheyenne, WY (KGWN)- Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) President Ed Soares announced that Leandro "the Pitbull" Higo was unable to obtain the work visa needed to come to the U.S. for his flyweight title fight with Matt Manzanares.
Junior Maranhão will step in to face Manzanares on April 11th in Cheyenne for the RFA Flyweight World Championship.
"We tried to expedite the process to get Leandro Higo's work visa issued, but obtaining work visas has become a much more rigorous process," stated Soares. "Fortunately, Junior Maranhão already had his paperwork in order and he is eager to make his international debut at RFA 14. Higo will make his RFA debut as soon as his work visa is issued."
Maranhão carries a 9-2 record with 6 wins by knockout or TKO and 3 by submission. He was won six consecutive fights and has not lost since December 10, 2011.
Maranhão last fought on December 7, 2013, against Jimmy Lira Nascimento, earning a TKO victory in the second round.
"I don't know a lot about Matt Manzanares other than he is a tough guy who has fought some really good opponents," said Maranhão. "It is a dream of mine to fight in the United States. It's even better that I get to fight for one of the top promotions in the world (RFA) that I have been following."
RFA 14 - Manzanares vs. Maranhão takes place Friday, April 11th at the City of Cheyenne Ice and Events Center in downtown Cheyenne, Wyoming.