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 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

Bobby Voelker, at 36 Years Old and Nearly 40 Fights, Hasn’t Hit His Peak Yet

  • 21 days ago

Most might see Bobby Voelker, at age 36 and nearly 40 fights into his career, nearing the end, but he says he has yet to peak as a fighter. read news >>

Lineup set for next month's RFA 31 in downtown Las Vegas with two title fights

  • 21 days ago

The card is complete for next month’s RFA event in “Sin City” with two title fights at the top of the bill. Filed under: AXS TV Fights, News read news >>

Roy Nelson vs. Josh Barnett: A Head-to-Toe Breakdown

  • 21 days ago

Top 15 heavyweight action headlines this weekend's fight card in Japan. No. 8-ranked contender Josh Barnett and No. 11-ranked Roy Nelson face off in an attempt to get back into the heavyweight title read news >>

Video: Watch UFC 192's Johny Hendricks pick up third 'KO of Night' bonus in five fights

  • 22 days ago

Former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks returns next week at UFC 192. Prior to his pay-per-view co-headliner, check out one of his vintage performances.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

UFC Vet Phil Davis' Bellator Move Takes Just 1 Night (and 2 Fights) to Pay Off

  • 23 days ago

It didn’t take long for Phil Davis’ gamble in Bellator MMA to come up aces. One night, two fights, just over seven minutes of action. That’s all it took for Davis to seize No. 1 contender status in t read news >>

Fighter Cheap-Shots Opponent After Bout at World Series of Fighting 23

  • 24 days ago

Not many were watching the preliminary-card fights over at World Series of Fighting 23. Those who did, however, were treated to some less-than-sporting conduct by intriguing Russian prospect Vagab Va read news >>

Titan FC 35 Results: Lightweight Champ Pat Healy Stripped for Missing Weight

  • 24 days ago

Saturday's Titan FC 35 was supposed to feature three title fights. But after Friday's weigh-in, it only features two and a half title bouts. read news >>

Jim and Dan Miller's post-MMA plan? 'Building, hunting, fishing, brewing, camping' – on TV

  • 25 days ago

After a combined 53 pro fights, Jim Miller and Dan Miller have begun to ponder what life is going to be like after they leave behind the world of unarmed combat. Their idea for that life could soon b read news >>

Paige VanZant Wanted a New UFC Deal… She Got a New UFC Deal

  • 26 days ago

Just three fights into her UFC tenure and Paige VanZant has the power to negotiate a new contract with the MMA juggernaut. read news >>

Fight Path: Dad gave BAMMA 22's Tom Duquesnoy a year to prove MMA worth

  • 26 days ago

Tom Duquesnoy headlines this weekened’s BAMMA 22. His promising MMA career is the result of a challenge from his dad, who gave his son one year to prove to he could succeed in the sport.Filed under: read news >>