Angel DeAnda Stops Anthony Ruiz for Vacant Tachi Palace Fights Light Heavyweight Title



Angel DeAnda calls himself “The Dream.” For Anthony Ruiz, he was more of a nightmare.

DeAnda blitzed Ruiz with a relentless volley of power punches, as he captured the vacant Tachi Palace Fights light heavyweight championship in the TPF 15 “Collision Course” headliner on Thursday at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif. Ruiz (29-18, 2-3 TPF) met his end 3:39 into round three.

“He just wasn’t giving up,” said DeAnda, who has gone the distance only once in his 13-fight career. “If it wasn’t for [referee Jason] McCoy, we’d probably still be fighting.”

DeAnda was masterful throughout the matchup, dazzling his foe and onlookers with clean power punches, exceptional lateral movement and excellent takedown defense. Once it became clear Ruiz could not keep him on the ground, the fight was essentially over. DeAnda spent the first two rounds softening the Strikeforce, EliteXC and World Extreme Cagefighting veteran with a vast assortment of strikes, both in close quarters and at a distance.

In round three, with Ruiz clearly on the wane, DeAnda made his move. He pinned the 35-year-old Californian to the cage and unleashed a merciless stream of hooks and uppercuts with both hands. Ruiz never went down, but he was a spent force and McCoy had reason to intervene on his behalf.

DeAnda, who trains with fast-rising UFC bantamweight contender Michael McDonald, has won 10 of his past 11 bouts.

“Whatever they put in front of me,” he said, “I’m ready for the challenge.”

In the co-main event, aggressive standup and a series of takedowns carried former Palace Fighting Championship titleholder Rolando Velasco to a unanimous verdict over “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 14 alum Carson Beebe at 135 pounds. All three cageside judges scored it 29-28 for Velasco (8-2-1, 2-0 TPF), the defeat snapping Beebe’s streak of six consecutive victories.

Velasco struck for takedowns in all three rounds and attacked with winging punches while standing. Beebe (12-2, 0-1 TPF) did his best work in the third frame, where he recorded a takedown of his own, settled into half guard and ultimately moved to Velasco’s back. Despite the advantageous position, nothing materialized for Beebe, the younger brother of former WEC bantamweight champion Chase Beebe.

Meanwhile, Team Alpha Male export Anthony Avila submitted Darren Crisp Jr. with a first-round guillotine choke in a featured featherweight encounter. Crisp Jr. (9-7, 0-2 TPF) tapped out 68 seconds into round one.

Avila (10-1, 3-0 TPF) struck for a takedown inside the first 30 seconds, set up the guillotine from half guard, stepped into mount and finished it. He has won his last nine fights, six of them first-round finishes.

Elsewhere, a suffocating clinch game, aggressive punching volleys and an active submission game carried WEC veteran Poppies Martinez to a unanimous decision over Fernando Bernstein in a lightweight showcase. Martinez (24-8, 4-2 TPF) swept the scorecards by identical 30-27 counts.

Martinez moved to the clinch from the start and slowly wore down Bernstein (4-7, 0-1 TPF) in close quarters. He stepped up his attack over the final 10 minutes, as he moved to Bernstein’s back in the second and third rounds, threatening him with rear-naked chokes. Though Bernstein refused to succumb to a finish, he could do nothing to avoid a fifth defeat in six appearances.

Finally, once-beaten Team Alpha Male prospect Andre Fili extended his winning streak to seven fights with a unanimous decision over Enoch Wilson in a featured 150-pound catchweight battle. All three cageside judges scored it the same: 30-27 for Fili (11-1, 2-0 TPF).

Fili controlled the distance with his reach and speed, struck for timely takedowns and peppered his experienced foe with punches and elbows from inside guard. Wilson (16-8-2, 0-2 TPF) twice moved to full mount but failed to hold the position, as Fili sprang reversals and resumed his attack from the top. The 22-year-old sealed it with a pair of third-round takedowns.

In preliminary action, Art Arciniega recorded his sixth straight victory with a unanimous nod over Strikeforce veteran Alexander Crispim at 145 pounds, sweeping the scorecards by 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28 counts; Team Alpha Male’s Freddie Aquitania captured a split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) from Javy Ayala in a heavyweight rematch; PKG Training Center representative Dominic Clark stopped Andy Miranda on punches 1:50 into the first round of their lightweight duel; and Alex Perez posted his fourth win in a row, as he put away Carlos DeSoto with punches 1:52 into round one of their 150-pound catchweight affair.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • a day ago
  • 6 views

A light heavyweight title shot vs. Jon Jones was on the line in the UFC on Fox 14 main event in Sweden, as Alexander Gustafsson aimed to get the win on his home turf against Anthony Johnson. On a nig read news >>

  • a day ago
  • 8 views

To newly minted UFC light heavyweight title contender Anthony Johnson, Jon Jones’ tweet to Alexander Gustafsson is one example of how folks are messed up. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 25 views

Like Joe Rogan said after the doctor rushed in to check on Mauricio Rua: "It wasn't even a struggle." Jon Jones would barely struggle in any of his fights outside of Alexander Gustafsson, after beati read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 74 views

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is doing media rounds prior to his upcoming UFC 182 title fight with Daniel Cormier. And of course, one of the sport’s major topics, the UFC’s signing of CM P read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 6 views

UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones weighs in on being viewed as a "fake." Over the last couple weeks, the buildup to UFC 182 has been pretty intense. The marketing machine behind Jon Jones vs read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 38 views

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier will square off for UFC's light heavyweight title Saturday night in Las Vegas. Before the actual fight are the media day faceoffs and the weigh-ins. With the melee that t read news >>

  • 23 days ago
  • 8 views

The light heavyweight title tilt we have all been waiting for is nearly here, and the most compelling 205-pound championship fight ever has us all on the edge of our seats before the two combatants e read news >>

  • 22 days ago
  • 9 views

A historic battle for the light heavyweight title goes down tonight (Sat., Jan 3, 2015) with all eyes on the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Jon Jones, as he takes on who may very well be t read news >>

  • 22 days ago
  • 0 views

From Yahoo Sports: Follow along live as Jon Jones puts his light heavyweight title on the line against bitter rival Daniel Cormier. read news >>