Cheyenne, WY (KGWN)- Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) is a premiere fighting organization based out of Las Vegas, NV.
The promotion serves as a proving ground for fighters trying to make a name for themselves, and eventually, hopefully, earn a shot at the UFC.
Cheyenne native Matt 'The Maestro of Macabre' Manzanares has previously fought in the RFA four times including a flyweight title fight against Zach 'Fun Size' Makovsky on November 22, 2013.
Makovsky won the five round fight by unanimous decision.
Manzanares carries a 2-2 record now in the RFA, including a victories by knockout and submission.
The RFA has high expectations for Manzanares and it shows. Manzanares has been granted a second consecutive shot at the title.
Makovsky vacated the title when he left for the UFC, where he has fought and won twice since beating Manzanares.
Another previous RFA flyweight title holder is Sergio Pettis, whose older brother is current UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis.
The younger Pettis won the RFA title on July 21, 2013 and is 1-1 in the UFC since, most recently losing to Alex Caceres on January 25th by rear-naked choke.
What all of this means is that this fight is a big opportunity for Manzanares.
He fits the bill as the type of fighter the UFC loves, because he finishes fights.
Manzanares holds a professional record of 6-2, with 4 wins coming by knockout or technical knockout and two by submission.
Before he started learning the sport of mixed martial arts, Manzanares was already an accomplished boxer with nearly 100 amateur bouts to his credit.
He is an eight-time Wyoming state champion, five-time Regional (Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska) champion, five-time national qualifier, and two-time Junior Olympian in the sport of boxing. (*http://www.rfafighting.com/Interviews/MattManzanares.aspx)
The pressure will be all on Mananares' shoulders when he faces Leandro 'Pitbull' Higo on April 11 at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center.
Higo is 13-2 as a professional MMA fighter with two KO/TKO wins, eight submission victories and three wins by decision.
Not only will Manzanares have to contend with an experienced opponent, he will also have to face the pressure of performing in front of his hometown crowd.