Bantamweight gold will be on the line at Tachi Palace Fights 13, as local favorite Casey Olson will meet former UFC talent Francisco Rivera for the company’s vacant 135-pound title in the May 10 headliner.

Taking place at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif., TPF 13 “Unfinished Business” will also feature a middleweight confrontation pitting Steve Ramirez against Andrew Martinez.

Tachi Palace Entertainment Coordinator Jeremy Luchau informed Sherdog.com of the news on Wednesday, revealing that reigning TPF bantamweight king Ulysses Gomez has vacated his title in order to return to the 125-pound ranks.

“As the fights unfolded at TPF 12, it was apparent that there was no better fight for the now-vacated 135-pound title,” Luchau told Sherdog. “‘Cisco’ put on another brilliant performance, and Casey looked very strong at the new weight class.”

A former lightweight and featherweight competitor, Olson recently made the cut to 135 pounds and found success, outpointing Cody Gibson in the TPF 12 main event on March 9. The victory marked the seventh win for Olson in his last eight outings, as the former WEC and Strikeforce talent returned from nearly a two-year layoff to best Gibson in his bantamweight debut.

Rivera (Pictured, center) has posted a pair of victories since his ill-fated two-fight stint under the Zuffa umbrella. Following back-to-back losses to Erik Koch at WEC 52 and Reuben Duran at “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 13 finale, Rivera closed out 2011 with a 40-second knockout of rising talent Brad McDonald. The Californian maintained his momentum to kick off 2012, earning a 75-second knockout over Antonio Duarte.

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

Related News

Video: Watch UFC Fight Night 72 headliner Thales Leites choke out Tim Boetsch

  • 24 days ago
  • 6 views

Next weekend, Thales Leites headlines a UFC event for the first time more than six years. Earlier this year, he choked Tim Boetsch unconscious. Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Jorge Masvidal comfortable starting at the 'way, way bottom' of the welterweight division

  • 25 days ago
  • 19 views

Jorge Masvidal has won five of his seven fights in the UFC and spent a year ranked in the top 15 of his division. But as far as he's concerned, the slate has been wiped completely clean. The former S read news >>

Frank Shamrock vs. Tito Ortiz was one of the UFC's first true classic fights

  • 25 days ago
  • 36 views

If you talk about the pre-Zuffa era of the UFC, and ask about the best fight, the one that will get the most mention is likely to be the 1999 Match of the Year winner with Frank Shamrock facing Tito read news >>

'TUF 19' middleweight finalist Dhiego Lima announces release from UFC roster

  • 25 days ago
  • 14 views

With three losses in his four official UFC fights, Dhiego Lima says he has been released from the UFC.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Preview, Predictions for Invicta 13

  • 25 days ago
  • 19 views

International Fight Week is set to be chock-full of fights and combat sports, so you will have to set a lot of time aside to watch them all. Between UFC, Lion Fights and grappling matches, there is n read news >>

Lowered expectations: UFC injuries and canceled fights are here to stay

  • 26 days ago
  • 12 views

When I first heard that a careless training partner of Jose Also managed to fracture the champion's ribs with a pointless spinning back kick while sparring, I made like Dana White and had to "take a read news >>

UFC's 'Top 5 Fights,' 'Top 5 Knockouts' at 2015's halfway point

  • 27 days ago
  • 226 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has listed the top five fights and knockouts for its "Half-Year Awards" with links to the fights themselves for those who subscribe to its "Fight Pass" service. T read news >>

Half-Year Awards - The Fights

  • 27 days ago
  • 7 views

A great fight is a perfect storm. Put two fighters together and you never know what you’ll get, but when both have the intention of making a statement against each other and the styles mesh, it read news >>

Cheick Kongo interested in fights with Kimbo Slice and Bobby Lashley

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 views

Bellator heavyweight contender Cheick Kongo eyes his next opponent. Fresh off a win over Alexander Volkov last Friday at Bellator 139, Cheick Kongo is already considering his next opponent. The heavy read news >>

The 10: July Packs a Serious Punch

  • 28 days ago
  • 0 views

The hardest part about writing a monthly column looking at the best fights poised to transpire inside the UFC’s Octagon isn’t coming up with 10 fights to talk about, but rather paring down the list w read news >>