Lemoore, CA - Long night but well worth it, the card lived up to all of its hype and some. Great job Richard, Jeremy and Company! Now the hard part is, everyone is going to expect the
same caliber card for every TPF fight from here on out. I can not wait to see the full TPF 4 line-up for May 5, 2010.
The Locals seemed to get the better part of the night with big wins for Collins, Frausto, Becerra, McDonald, De Jesus, Ruiz and Escovedo. Exciting
fights throughout the card with TKo's, KO's, Submission's and even a No-Contest.
Nader Maghribi vs Joshua Miranda
Maghribi defeats Miranda by Unanimous Decision, 30 - 27 on all 3 judges score cards.
Mike Guidry Improves to 2-0
Colton Toombs vs Art Becerra
In the Fight of the Night, Art and Colton gave the fans some great MMA action early on in the night. The underdog Art Becerra, hands
Colton his first loss by Unanimous Decision. Both Fighters have great exchanges early on in the first round. Becerra with his haymakers and
high kicks and Colton with his straight punches taking advantage of his reach. At the end of the first, "Mighty Mouse" seems to be a bit winded.
In the second and third round Colton pressed the attack moving forward but it was Becerra's great use of the jab that kept stopping Toombs in his tracks.
Toombs tried numerous takedown attempts in both final rounds but Art made good use of his takedown defense to hold off all of Colt's attacks.
Both fighters were visibly winded by the end of the fight. The judges score cards read 30-27 at the end of the third round giving Art Becerra and
his new training camp FKA a win for the night.
David Bollea vs Tim Denham
Bollea used his Jits experience to control the fight and at 1:48 of the opening round, Denham is submitted via arm bar.
Zoila Frausto vs Jessica Rakoczy
In one of the most anticipated fights of the night between the popular Zoila Frausto and Pro Boxer Jessica Rakoczy, the fans definitely got
what they expected. The first round both fighters measured each other up for a while before any serious strikes were thrown. Rakoczy landed
a couple of good solid jabs while Frausto reached with the occasional but expected leg kicks. I gave the round to Zoila because of the takedown
late in the round.
In the second, Frausto went for the immediate takedown after the initial exchange between both fighters. Zoila ended up in Rakoczy's half guard
and instead of trying for a ground and pound TKO stoppage, Frausto took the flailing arm of Rakoczy and submitted her via arm bar at 1:17 of
the second round.
Following the fight, I asked Zoila why she opted for a submission attempt rather than a TKO, "I wanted to go in and finish
the fight fast, I have the Meisha Tate fight that I need to prepare for." That fight versus Tate is scheduled for March 26 at the Save Mart
Center in Fresno for the Strikeforce promotion.
Philip Perez vs Anthony Figueroa
In a disappointing fashion, this fight was stopped due to a headbutt and was called a No-Contest at 1:03 into the fight. I would have loved to
see more from this fight but stuff happens and it is what it is. Good luck to both fighters and let's hope that cut on Perez' forehead heals
up nice as it looked viciously nasty.
Phil Collins vs Mike Arellano
Phil Collins first attempt to make the 170 lb weight class at a catch weight of 175 went fairly well for him. Collins faced San Bernandino's
Mike Arellano in this first round stoppage due to an arm bar at 3:10. Both fighters exchanged a few punches before Phil went for a rarely seen
takedown attempt. After being successful, Collins worked some ground and pound before going on his back and "went for a triangle attempt to
fake him out because I was really going for the arm bar." Collins will face Morris Aldaco at Tachi Palace Fights 4 on Cinco de Mayo. The winner
from that fight will face the 170lb TPF Champ which will be crowned at TPF 4.
Sergio Quinonez vs Gabby Solorio
In this three round battle, the highly underestimated Gabby Solorio surprised many by taking Quinonez the distance and winning every single round
of the fight. The judges scorecards read, 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 all in favor of Solorio.
Dominique Robinson vs Gabe Ruediger
In this back and forth match, both Robinson and Ruediger seemed to have the fight won at different stages of this battle. It was not until late
into the second round that a spinning left back fist sent "Fallen Angel" falling to the ground. Ruediger immediately recognized the damage and
jumped on Dominique only to have the ref stop the fight at 4:49 of the second round. This fight was very exciting with both fighters landing
some clean and damaging strikes throughout the bout.
Michael McDonald vs Manny Tapia
In what should be considered one of the 4 Co-Main Events of the night, the young and talented Michael "Mayday" McDonald disproved a whole lot
of naysayers by easily dimantling the mixed martial arts and WEC Veteran Manny Tapia. McDonald began by landing some stiff punches early on and
soon after controlled the fight on the ground after getting a takedown. After both fighters ended up back on their feet, the dominance began to
settle in as Mikey was landing some powerful punches that visibly shook and wobbled Manny. A few more of those strikes and Tapia hit the cage and
with McDonald smelling victory the fight ended soon after a few more well placed punches. The fight was called at 4:41 of the first round. With
recently turning 19 just a couple of weeks ago, one can only began to wonder what will be next for the young fighter. Is a rematch against the now
Champ Cole Escovedo in the works or does Mikey take it slow and build up a few more big fights under his belt? I guess we will have to wait and
see what the Tachi Palace Fights have in store for him or maybe the WEC will be knocking on his door. Regardless of what happens, it was a good
fight and we would love to continue having him fight locally.
Isaac De Jesus vs Nam Pham
The first ever Championship Title Fight for the Tachi Palace Fights could not have been matched up any better. Fresno's (and Stocktons) Isaac
De Jesus and Westminister's Nam Pham was a great match-up that had the odds-makers . . . well . . . at odds with each other on who would win this
brand spankin' new belt. Even the small but still growing site Sherdog.com (LOL) had this fight as one of their Top 10 Fights to look forward to
Like all fights of this caliber, the fighters sized each other up for the first minute before the action started. Both Pham and De Jesus exchanged
a few punches but soon after Isaac landed a powerful punch that stunned Nam for a bit. Isaac went in and both fighters clinched, as Pham went for
an escape, De Jesus managed to get his back and suplexed Nam to the canvas.
Both fighters ended up back on top and once again De Jesus landed another clean shot that dropped Nam and soon after jumped on the dazed opponent.
The ref quickly jumped in to stop the fight and at 3:55 into the first round, Isaac De Jesus was declared the first ever Tachi Palace Fight Champion
in the Featherweight division. To some the fight seemed to have been stopped a bit early but its hard to tell from the refs standpoint, how much
trouble the fighter is really in. I have seen Nam Phan be in more trouble before and seen him work his way out of it but like I said its a judgement
call the ref has to make and Nam did seem to be out of it. So Congratulations Isaac, I know its been a long road getting here but you are now the TPF
Champ, go enjoy it and maybe now we can have that beer you keep offering since you are not training for a fight.
Anthony Ruiz vs Hector Ramirez
In good ol' Anthony Ruiz fashion, once the "A-Train" left the station it never stopped moving. Anthony kept pushing forward and Hector kept stepping
backwards all three rounds of this exciting bout. The first round could have gone either way as both fighters landed about the same amount of strikes
and Ramirez controlled the first half of the round with an early takedown.
The second and third round were pretty much the same as both fighters were very exhausted but kept on fighting. Anthony put the pressure on Ramirez
throughout both of the remaining rounds and avoided most of the takedown attempts by Ramirez, who seemed a whole lot more winded than Ruiz. In the
end the judges scored the bout 30-27, 28-29, 29-28 in favor of Anthony "A-Train" Ruiz.
Cole Escovedo vs Jeff Bedard
The Main Event and the thirteenth bout of the night was between the Former WEC Champion Cole Escovedo and World-Class Wrestler Jeff Bedard. The
fight also determined who was going to be crowned Tachi Palace Fights Bantamweight Champion of the World. As expected, the fight went to the ground
early with Bedard getting the takedown and keeping in Escovedo's guard. Jeff controlled the fight early by landing some nice punches from the top
mount position and moving Cole towards the cage.
Cole, looked very composed while getting hit by some of Bedard's heavy hands and always working his hips while on his back. When the time came up
Escovedo used that beautiful Jiu-Jitsu of his and began to work a triangle on Jeff. In what seemed to be a long transition to the triangle, Bedard
did not seem to have a quick escape for it and before he was passed out, Jeff managed to signal a tap to the ref. The bout was stopped at 2:31 into
the first round and Cole Escovedo, once again is crowned the Champion at the Tachi Palace Casino. Cole was crowned the Champion at the Casino back
in the WEC days back when the Casino was still known as The Palace Indian Gaming Casino (did I get the name right? Its straight off of memory and its
about 2:40am right now).
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