Flyweight upsetter Ian McCall returns in the main event of Tachi
Palace Fights 9. | Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog.com
The main event of Tachi
Palace Fights 9 will feature
World Extreme Cagefighting veteran Ian McCall
squaring off against undefeated prospect Dustin
Ortiz in a 125-pound showdown.
Sherdog.com learned of the bout from a source close to the event on
Wednesday. With the addition of the flyweight headliner, seven
bouts have now been confirmed for the May 6 show, which takes place
at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif.
McCall was last seen upsetting top-ranked flyweight Jussier de
Silva at TPF
8 on Feb. 18, earning a unanimous decision victory over the
Brazilian in McCall’s TPF debut. Prior to that win, the
Team Oyama product was released by WEC after going 1-2 in the
promotion as a bantamweight. Though “Uncle Creepy” stopped Coty
Wheeler in his first fight inside the blue cage, McCall would
subsequently fall to both Charlie
Valencia and current
UFC 135-pound champ Dominick
Cruz before receiving his walking papers in 2009.
Unbeaten in seven pro outings, Ortiz has earned a 2-0 record in
competition, besting Justin
Pennington in April 2010 and Matt Horning
in January. The
Nashville MMA product has fought the remainder of his career
Gameness Fighting Championship, notching a perfect 5-0 record
in the local Tennessee promotion. Ortiz began his professional
career in February 2010 and has never been to a decision.
TPF 9 will also feature another pivotal flyweight affair, as Greg
Jackson product John Dodson
squares off with former two-division Shooto champion Mamoru
Yamaguchi. Onetime UFC talents Gerald
Harris and Efrain
Escudero will also compete on the bill, as they lock horns with
Ruiz and Fabricio
Greg Savage contributed to this report.