Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Around the Pro Circuit: A Look at Tachi Palace Fights 9 Card

Tachi Palace Fights always throws together a beastly card. Their next event, TPF 9: The Contenders, will take place on Friday May 6, 2011 at the Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore, California. Sherdog.com will stream the event live and free on Friday night at 8:30 pm ET. The ticket offers some excellent match-ups. Here's a closer look at some key pairings for TPF 9:
  • TPF maintains its status as a major holder of highly ranked flyweights. Ian McCall is a WEC vet who offered former #1 ranked flyweight Jussier da Silva his first loss at TPF 8 in February. He will face undefeated Dustin Ortiz (7-0) in a main event bout that could determine top contention in TPF's stacked flyweight division.
  • Current TPF Featherweight Champion Isaac DeJesus looks to rebound from back-to-back losses as he takes on Russ Miura in featherweight title action. DeJesus suffered losses to solid veterans Rob McCullough and Micah Miller in his last two outings. Russ Miura is currently 9-1, and carries a 6-fight win streak.
  • Efrain Escudero and Fabricio Camoes have both seated themselves in the win column since their departures from the UFC. Ultimate Fighter 8 winner Efrain Escudero has racked up three wins as a free agent since being released from the UFC last September. Meanwhile, Comoes comes off a KO victory over fellow UFC veteran Steve Lopez at TPF 8 back in February. Expect these two lightweights to really mix it up on Friday night.
  • Gerald Harris has had a difficult road in his last two fights. The UFC released him following his first and only UFC loss, a decision to Brazilian newcomer Maiquel Jose Falcao, at UFC 123 last November. Then, Harris would also lose his post-UFC outing, dropping a decision to James Head in February. "The Hurricane" looks to collect a "w" against Anthony Ruiz, who at 25-15 is well-known around the West coast pro circuit.
  • King of the Cage Junior Flyweight (125 lb.) Champion and former two-division Shooto champ Mamoru Yamaguchi might finally have an official opponent in Kevin Dunsmoor. World class wrestler Alexis Vila was originally expected to face John Dodson at TPF 9, but was pulled due to an undisclosed injury. Then, Yamaguchi was paired with Dodson, who later pulled from the card for reasons undisclosed. Finally, Tachi Palace landed Kevin Dunsmoor, a 10-3 California-based fighter, for the bout. Dunsmoor has a golden opportunity to breakthrough if he should upset the #2 world ranked flyweight Mamoru Yamaguchi.
  • Don't let the modest 9-7-1 record fool you, Waachiim Spiritwolf is all heart. The Native American welterweight fighter from San Diego has displayed his talents in the KOTC, Strikeforce, and Bellator cages. Spiritwolf put on a courageous display of heart against then undefeated Billy Evangelista at a Strikeforce Challengers event last October, a bout that he lost by way of decision. Wand Fight team prospect Jorge Lopez should push Spiritwolf in the cage. Lopez is currently 8-1 with his first fight being his only loss. If Lopez can take advantage of Spiritwolf's short gas tank, he has a good chance against the more experienced fighter. Unless Spiritwolf's conditioning has drastically improved, Lopez have to keep his chin tucked and guard up for the opening minutes of the fight. If Lopez holds out past the first round, he can rule the remainder of the fight.

COMPLETE TPF 9 CARD:
Tachi Palace Fights
TPF 9: "The Contenders"
May 6, 2011
Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino
Lemoore, California

Ian McCall vs. Dustin Ortiz
Isaac DeJesus vs. Russ Miura
Efrain Escudero vs. Fabricio Camoes
Anthony Ruiz vs. Gerald Harris
Kevin Dunsmoor vs. Mamoru Yamaguchi
Jorge Lopez vs. Waachiim Spiritwolf
Farkhad Sharipov vs. Tommy Vargas
Alan Jouban vs. Chidi Njokuani
Art Arciniega vs. Josh Herrick
Cody Gibson vs. Walel Watson
Jesse Bowen vs. Brad McDonald
Kenny Ento vs. James Chaney
Alex Perez vs. Jesus Castro

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