Another last-minute shakeup has altered the fight card for
Tachi Palace Fights 13, as the promotion will now be without
the services of former flyweight champ Ulysses
Gomez on May 10.
Gomez was forced to withdraw from the event Friday, less than one
week before his scheduled 125-pound bout with fellow Californian
Rothweiler at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore,
Calif. The news comes days after bantamweight Francisco
Rivera pulled out of the show’s co-main event to take a May 15
bout in the UFC.
Speaking to Sherdog.com, Gomez explained that what he believed to
be a boil on the back of his leg turned out to be a staph
infection, which he plans to have removed Saturday. It isn’t the
first time staph has derailed the 28-year-old Marc Laimon student,
who had to withdraw from the semifinals of a 2010 Bellator
bantamweight tournament due to infection.
Stepping up to face Rothweiler on short notice is Hector
Sandoval (Pictured), a member of Urijah
Faber’s Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, Calif. The 25-year-old
wrestler notched three wins in 2011 and has only one loss on his
record, a 2008 submission defeat at the hands of Gomez.
The promotion also announced Friday that John Reedy
has agreed to fill in for injured welterweight Damion
Douglas. Reedy will take on Chidi
Njokuani, brother of UFC lightweight Anthony
TPF 13 “Unfinished Business” streams live on Sherdog.com this
Thursday, May 10, and features a featherweight main event between
former Bellator champion Joe Soto and
ex-WEC competitor Chad George.