Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Mamoru Yamaguchi set to face John Dodson at TPF 9

 Mamoru Yamaguchi looks to
continue his US 125 lb. run at
TPF 9 in May.
Two top ranked flyweights will face off at Tachi Palace Fights 9 this coming May. Experienced Japanese mixed martial artist Mamoru Yamaguchi, currently ranked #3 in the world, will make his TPF debut against #9 ranked John Dodson. (Rankings via FightMatrix.com). Yamaguchi replaces Cuban Olympic Freestyle wrestling bronze medalist Alexis Vila who was initially scheduled for the bout.

Mamoru Yamaguchi (25-5-3) brings an extensive MMA history to the TPF cage. Nicknamed "The Illest Afro in Asia," Yamaguchi has fought the majority of his career under the long-running Japanese Shooto banner. As a Shooto competitor Yamaguchi has held the Shooto featherweight (132 lbs) and bantamweight (123 lbs) titles. He is the current King of the Cage junior flyweight champion (125 lbs) which he successfully defended against Greg Guzman in his US debut last year. Known for his Dr. Jay-like afro and his equally stunning striking abilities, Mamoru Yamaguchi is one of the names sure to steer the flyweight division to the big stage.

John Dodson (11-5) is an up-and-coming mixed martial artist. Also known as "The Magician" for his creative kicking techniques, particularly the flying head kick, Dodson is an Ultimate Warrior Challenge Veteran. The Greg Jackson product currently rides a two-fight win streak with his last victory coming against John Moraga at the disastrous "Nemesis Fighting" event in the Dominican Republic back in December.

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We can expect the winner of Dodson vs. Yamaguchi to join the contention mix in Tachi Palace's deep flyweight pool. The Palace has established itself beside Japanese promotions Shooto and Pancrase as a bank for top flyweight competition, sporting top flyweight names like #1 ranked Jussier da Silva, current TPF titleholder Ulysses Gomez, Ian McCall, Darrell Montague, and Danny Martinez. Next month's TPF 8 card will feature a flyweight championship bout between Ulysses Gomez and Darrell Montague.

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