Kinberly Novaes vs Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger Announced For RFA 29Top Brazilian prospect Kinberly Novaes makes her RFA debut in a featured strawweight matchup on August 21st at Resurrection Fighting Alliance 29: “USA vs Brazil” in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Novaes battles RFA standout Jocelyn “Lights Out” Jones-Lybarger on the AXS TV-televised main card.

Novaes returned to action in May following a lengthy hiatus from competition and she captured the Noxii Combat women’s strawweight title by defeating Renata “Wand” Baldan. Jones-Lybarger is 3-0 inside the RFA cage, and she most recently defeated Maria Rios at Resurrection Fighting Alliance 23.

Novaes (8-2-0) is one of the most talented strikers in the women’s strawweight division. The 24-year-old rebounded from a decision loss to current UFC contender Juliana “Ju Thai” de Lima Carneiro in her pro debut by winning six straight fights including a second-round TKO victory over Jéssica “Bate Estaca” Andrade. Novaes’s winning streak was snapped by former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion Hérica Tibúrcio in July 2013, but she has since bounced back with two more victories including a title-winning decision over Baldan at Noxii Combat’s inaugural event on May 17th.

Jones-Lybarger (5-1-0) followed up on a successful amateur career by making her pro debut for Invicta FC on the promotion’s second card in July 2012. She won her first two pro bouts before dropping a decision to former KOTC Women’s Flyweight Champion Sarah “Too Sweet” Alpar. Since her lone loss, Jones-Lybarger has risen to become one of the top female stars on the RFA roster with wins in all three of her RFA appearances. She most recently defeated Rios in February and now looks to position herself for a future title fight by spoiling Novaes’s RFA debut.

Resurrection Fighting Alliance 29: “USA vs Brazil” takes place on August 21st at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.



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