McCall (right) put on a show at TPF 9. | Jeff
LEMOORE, Calif., -- Ian McCall
used a diverse striking game to defeat a game but outmatched
in the main event of Tachi
Palace Fights 9 “The Contenders”
at the Tachi Palace Hotel
& Casino Friday night.
“Uncle Creepy” attacked Ortiz’s legs throughout the fight, stuffing
takedowns and keeping the action standing. McCall, who won every
round on the judges' cards, really turned on the heat in the second
frame, dropping his foe with a straight punch and almost finishing
the fight on the mat.
The third stanza brought more domination from McCall, and he began
to showboat for the crowd. Ortiz was never in the fight past round
one. The victory places “Uncle Creepy” in line for a shot at the
TPF flyweight strap -- currently held by Darrell
Montague. A TPF official informed Sherdog.com that the bout is
confirmed for a yet-to-be-decided August 2011 date.
In the evening's co-main event, Isaac
DeJesus needed just 2:52 to secure a TKO victory over
challenger Russ Miura.
Though Miura came out looking to take advantage of the
featherweight champ’s ground game, DeJesus managed to escape from
bottom position and return to his feet. Then, as the challenger
rushed in, DeJesus landed a crushing counter right hook that
dropped the Fresno fighter on the canvas face first. From that
point, it was academic, as DeJesus followed him down and finished
the fight with strikes.
Despite the win, DeJesus was stripped of his title for failing to
make weight at Thursday's weigh-ins. Had he won, Miura could have
taken the belt.
Escudero (left) was upset by Camoes.
In a battle of
in a hard-fought lightweight tilt. Camoes controlled
the action with superior grappling, neutralizing Escudero’s offense
until round three. “Morango” showed improved boxing and great
takedown defense en route to his unanimous decision victory.
“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 8 winner finally came alive in the
third round, landing a flying knee and following it up with ground
and pound. Escudero's third-round offense proved to be too little
too late, however, as Camoes was awarded the fight 29-28 on all
Former UFC middleweight Gerald
Harris went the distance with local favorite Anthony
Ruiz, earning the unanimous decision 30-27, and 29-28 (twice).
Harris landed nice knees throughout the fight but showed little
inclination to box, instead favoring takedown attempts and clinch
Ruiz managed to stay in the fight, throwing the wide, looping
haymakers for which he's become known. The Strikeforce vet landed
some clean shots, the best of which were kicks, but he never found
the finishing shot he was searching for.
After the bout, Harris stated that he broke his hand during the
Yamaguchi (left) dominated Dunsmoor.
Flyweight contender Mamoru
did not disappoint in his highly anticipated
promotional debut, as the Afro-sporting Shooto veteran knocked out
at 4:03 of the second round.
Dunsmoor was game from the get-go and worked a sound game plan,
pressing Yamaguchi against the fence and working from the clinch.
However, Yamaguchi managed to create distance and nailed Dunsmoor
with clean shots.
His right eye swollen, Dunsmoor appeared noticeably fatigued as the
fight wore on until Yamaguchi landed a short left that put the
American down for good.
Lopez outworked Waachiim
Spiritwolf en route to a unanimous decision. All three judges
scored the middleweight bout 30-27 for Lopez.
Sharipov out-grappled Tommy
Vargas for an uneventful unanimous decision in their
bantamweight clash. While Sharipov never truly threatened to end
the fight, he controlled the action on the ground and did enough to
earn the judges’ nod.
Njokuani, brother of UFC and WEC veteran Anthony
Njokuani, picked Alan Jouban
apart before finishing the job with a liver kick 1:27 into round
three. Jouban offered very little effective offense and spent the
majority of the bout on the defensive.
Arciniega made short work of Josh
Herrick, slapping on a triangle at just 1:08 of the first
round, while Cody Gibson
wowed the crowd by dismantling Walel
Watson with a TKO at 4:09 of round two. Brad
McDonald outpointed Jesse Bowen
for a split decision win, and Kenny Ento
had little trouble in knocking out James
Chaney at 1:53 of the second frame. Meanwhile, Alex Perez
Castro with strikes just 1:56 into their show-opening
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