Monday Hangover: RFA Edition
Resurrection Fighting Alliance held it’s second event this past weekend, and it was a good one. For the fans. For Houston Alexander and Jorge Cordoba, it gave them this week’s Monday Hangover.
Houston Alexander’s been trying to fight his way back to the UFC since Kimbo Slice took care of him in the Octagon™ in December of 2009 and was making progress. Sure, there was the odd-ticket for forcing one of his sons to box with him… but he was working hard and between DJing at KOPW in Plattsmouth, Omaha, he was putting together a nice run of fights. He was talking about returning to the UFC.
Then in October of 2011 he got KO’d by Steve Bossé and followed that up with his setback this weekend to Gilbert Yvel, effectively stalling his momentum.
RFA 2 had a high enough profile that a win against Yvel, especially a spectacular one, might’ve erased his loss to Bossé and brought him back into Zuffa’s good graces… but instead he gets this week’s Monday Hangover.
Sharing the Hangover is fellow RFA participant Jorge Cordoba, a young. up & coming fighter from Team Execution who faced 50-year-old vet Maurice Smith.
Now, Smith is one of those guys from the early days of MMA promotions, who came in through kickboxing and had enough natural talent that he was able to pick up grappling well, although he was only shown a handful of moves by Frank Shamrock.
Over the years, his game progressed and he is now a well-rounded fighter. But a 50 year old well-rounded fighter. (and, yes, I mean well-rounded in every sense of the phrase)
Cordoba had to be thinking he was getting an easy payday. Show up, run around a bit and land a solid punch and collect the check. Instead, he got walloped by a headkick and KO’d in the third round.
Back to the drawing board… but first, need to deal with this hangover. Houston Alexander and Jorge Cordoba, sharing this Monday Hangover.