Resurrection Fighting Alliance on recently announced that Lew Polley is stepping in to face Steve Mocco at the promotion’s RFA 9: Munhoz vs. Curran event, which will be held outdoors at the StubHub Center in Los Angeles, and televised nationwide on AXS TV on Friday, Aug. 16.
RFA president Ed Soares announced the change after Mocco’s original opponent, James Wilson, broke his hand in training.
“Lew Polley is tough and experienced and has the confidence to take a fight like this on short notice,” said Soares. “Mocco is a hungry newcomer who’s considered a top heavyweight prospect. This will be a huge win for either fighter and a thrilling heavyweight fight for RFA fans.”
Polley was tapped for the fight after missing out on his scheduled World Series of Fighting 4 light heavyweight bout after he showed up too heavy to be allowed to fight at 205 pounds.
At 12-4, he brings a significant experience advantage into the fight with Mocco.
Mocco (2-0), however, enters RFA 9 as one of the sport’s most promising heavyweights. At RFA 4 last November, Mocco made his long-awaited MMA debut to much fanfare. As one of America’s most dominant heavyweight wrestlers in recent memory, Mocco Mania started to circulate in the MMA world in the spring of 2012 after his storied wrestling career came to a close after the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.
“I’m going to go out there and do my thing,” said Mocco. “I’m just glad Lew took the fight. He’s a good fighter, a good wrestler, and has a ton of experience. I’m ready for RFA 9 – this is going to be a great fight.”
Polley enters the fight as a fellow NCAA Division I wrestler, who served as the wrestling coach for Team dos Santos on The Ultimate Fighter 13.
“Mocco’s a tough guy with great credentials coming into the sport. It’s a huge privilege to be fighting someone of his caliber,” said Polley. “He is incredibly strong and mentally tough. I think we’re going to see a chess match that will give the fans a glimpse of our future and where our careers are headed. I plan on taking his momentum at RFA 9.”
The RFA 9 main card will be televised live and nationwide in the United States on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT on Friday, Aug. 16.