Flyweights McCall, Ortiz Headline Tachi Palace Fights 9 on May 6


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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 Strikeforce competition, besting Justin Pennington in April 2010 and Matt Horning in January. The Nashville MMA product has fought the remainder of his career for 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 Anthony Ruiz and Fabricio Camoes, respectively.

Greg Savage contributed to this report.

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