To kick off 2014 RFA is bringing you Brian “T City” Ortega (7-0) vs. Keoni “Evil Genuis” Koch (5-0). If the undefeated records alone don’t get you excited about this fight, maybe a look closer look will.
Koch is fighting out of one of the Midwest’s most elite teams, HardDrive MMA which also ome to fellow former RFA champion Jared Downings. Downings isn’t the only HardDrive MMA member you might be familiar with, Steve Carl (WSOF champion) Cliff Wright Jr. (Bellator fighter) and Derrick Mehmen (WSOF fighter) also find themselves working alongside Keoni in preparation for battle. Also pointed out in past interviews, Keoni is no stranger to Roufusport, where his younger brother Erik Koch trains. Koch cross-trains with the guys at Roufusport multiple times a year, which may be helpful going up against Ortega who is no stranger to the ground game.
Brian Ortega trains out of Black House MMA, a team most MMA fans are familiar with. Names like Anderson Silva or Glover Teixeira might come to mind when Black House MMA is talked about.
Ortega holds a professional record of 7-0 with 4 wins coming by way of submission. Meanwhile, Koch is 5-0, with 4 submission finishes as well. This has all the ingredients for a very exciting fight. Although submissions will be watched for throughout the fight, don’t expect anything but exciting, as both these men will look to do whatever it takes to earn that RFA gold come Friday.
RFA 12 will be held January 24th from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. The main card, which is headlined by Ortega vs. Koch will air live on AXS TV at 10pm ET. In the evening’s main event Ultimate Fighter 17 alumni Kevin Casey takes on UFC and Strikeforce veteran Eddie Mendez in a middleweight bout.
Pro Fighting Fans Staff Writer