Jorge Oliveira submitted James Irvin: Jeff Sherwood |
LEMOORE, Calif. -- Jorge
Oliveira upset UFC veteran and heavy favorite James Irvin
on Thursday in the main event of Tachi
Palace Fights 7 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino.
Irvin came swinging out and landed a heavy right hand early, then
wound up on top when the fighters hit the floor. The “Sandman”
pressed Oliveira against the fence, looking to ground and pound the
Brazilian, but Oliveira locked on a triangle-armbar combination as
Irvin postured up to punch. Irvin tapped at 1:33 of the first round
to end the heavyweight affair.
In the evening’s co-main event, Micah
Miller handily submitted TPF featherweight champion Isaac
DeJesus in the first round. Unfortunately for Miller -- who
failed to make weight at 147 pounds -- the fight was not for the
DeJesus stormed across the ring at the opening bell and was
immediately taken down by Miller. From there, the bout was all
Miller. The lanky American Top Team product controlled from top
position, working patiently from full mount until DeJesus rolled to
attempt an escape and Miller sunk in the winning rear-naked choke.
DeJesus submitted at 4:11 of the first round, but remained the
145-pound champion due to Miller’s weight-cutting woes.
Undefeated Brazilian Jussier da
in their anticipated flyweight matchup. Martinez was
game and showed flashy strikes, but the ground game of “Formiga”
was too much. Da Silva spent much of the fight on Martinez’s back,
searching for a submission, but Martinez hung in till the final
All three judges scored the bout 29-28 for da Silva, awarding him
the unanimous decision in his first North American bout.
Alessio stopped Phil
Collins 35 seconds into round three of their match to capture
the TPF welterweight title vacated by UFC signee David
The fight -- which took place exclusively on the feet -- was a
slow-paced affair in which neither fighter seemed willing to
engage. The first two rounds saw the fighters circle, throwing
single punches which rarely landed. Then, Alessio landed a straight
left that sent Collins tumbling backwards. “The Natural” followed
Collins to the mat and pounded him out for the win.
The victory extends Alessio’s win streak to seven in a row. The
newly-minted champion already has another fight lined up, as he’ll
Bahadurzada in Belgium on Jan. 30 for the second round of
Ultimate Glory’s MMA World Series.
“Polish Pistola” Seth
Baczynski defeated Tim McKenzie
by first-round knockout in a battle of UFC cast-offs. Both men came
out fast, swinging wildly, before Baczynski landed a knee that
dropped McKenzie. But, when Baczynski pounced, McKenzie locked on
an armbar so tight that it looked to be the end of the match. His
left arm twisted at a grotesque angle, Baczynski managed to free
himself from the hold, landing a series of punches and elbows with
his right arm that put out McKenzie’s lights. The official end came
2:15 into round one.
short work of heavily-favored veteran Jaime Jara
who came out swinging wildly to open the contest. Silva met “El
Cucui” with a counter and Jara dropped to the floor. Jara got to
his feet, but Silva stayed on him, dropping him again and causing
Jara to turtle up. Silva spared Jara further punishment by holding
back on a big shot at the end of the bout and earned the victory
just 33 seconds into the first round.
In other action, Dream heavyweight veteran Jimmy “The Titan” Ambriz
bloodied Mike Guidry
before forcing a lukewarm stoppage due to punches at 4:29 of the
Vargas took a unanimous decision over Martin
Sandoval in their bantamweight bout.
Llamas forced Sergio
Quinones to submit to an armbar at the 2:03 mark of the second
round in their 150-pound match.
Fekete opened the show by scoring a technical knockout win over
Bostick at 4:06 of the second round.
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