While Resurrection Fighting Alliance generated some buzz over signing former Bellator women’s strawweight champion Zoila Frausto, one of the promotion’s foundations is set to compete in one of the biggest events of her young career.
MMA Lab prospect Jocelyn “Lights Out” Jones-Lybarger looks to make it 4-0 in the RFA cage when she takes on Brazilian up-and-comer Kinberly Noaves at RFA 29. The event, which takes place Aug. 21at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. and airs the same ate on AXS TV, features an interesting U.S. vs. Brazil card, similar to international seasons of “The Ultimate Fighter,” where one team made up of fighters takes on another group of competitors from a different nation.
For those who have watched MMA longer, it’s reminiscent of the early Pride FC events where Team Brazil would face Team Japan. UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and former light heavyweight titleholder Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida will serve as honorary coaches for the event. This is a big event where Jones-Lybarger can show a bigger audience what many RFA fans already know – Lights Out is becoming one of the promotion’s fastest rising stars.
After her June 2013 loss to Sarah Alpar, Jones-Lybarger signed with RFA and later went on to defeat Rose Acevado in her promotional debut. She won her next two fights, a split-decision victory over Rebecca Rush, followed by a decision win over Maria Rios.
Noaves (8-2) is a dangerous opponent. She’s won five of her last six bouts and has good striking on her side. Meanwhile Jones-Lybarger is improving on all aspects of her game while training at The Lab with several well-rounded fighters, including former lightweight champion Benson Henderson.
There are other factors in this fight, such as Novaes competing on American soil for the first time. What effect could the change in environment have on the Brazilian fighter?
RFA continues to build its women’s 115-pound weight class. While adding Frausto to the mix created some publicity and added some star power, fighters like Jones-Lybarger could be the backbone of the that division – maybe even its champion.