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RFA Continues Talent Acquisitions, Signs Former Olympian Steve Mocco, Tyson Griffin

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Gallery Photo: Tyson Griffin Photos
Gallery Photo: Tyson Griffin Photos

Nebraska-based Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) has added to its fast-growing talent pool, inking former Olympic wrestler Steve Mocco and ex-UFC standout Tyson Griffin to contracts within the past week.

RFA announced its Mocco signing on Tuesday. The 2008 U.S. Olympian and two-time NCAA champion just recently made the move over to MMA, joining the vaunted American Top Team stable in June.

According to RFA, he is likely to make his professional debut in the late summer or early fall.

Meanwhile, the 28-year-old Griffin will attempt to reignite his career there after stalling out in the UFC. He had a five-year tenure with the promotion, and once was considered among its highest-ranked lightweights after a five-fight win streak which saw him consecutively defeat Clay Guida, Thiago Tavares and Gleison Tibau.

He never quite reached that No. 1 contender spot though, and was let go from the promotion after losing four of his last five. The final defeat came after Griffin failed to make weight for his second featherweight bout, and was eventually knocked out by Bart Palaszewski.

In RFA, Griffin (15-6) is expected to make a return to the lightweight division, and compete sometime in the late summer or early fall.

Other fighters who have recently signed with RFA include ex-UFC star Joe Stevenson, former collegiate wrestling All-American Lance Palmer, and TUF talent Dakota Cochrane. To date, the promotion has produced three events.