Thirty-three events in the memory bank, and Tachi Palace Fights (TPF) continues to intrigue MMA fans for the future.
At TPF 33, the promotion attempted to crown a new champ at 135-pounds, sifted out which heavyweights will meet at TPF 34 for the title, and reminded its audience, either sitting inside the Tachi Palace Casino and Hotel’s Bingo Hall or streaming the show live on YouTube, of the region’s wealth of experience in the sport.
Though two bantamweights, Rolando Velasco and Rodrigo LIma, entered the TPF cage to claim ownership of the vacant TPF Bantamweight Title, Lima, unfortunately, forfeited himself from earning a twelve-pound trophy around his waist because he didn’t reach the necessary limit at the scale.
Along with sorting out the top of the heap in a lighter weight class, TPF’s executives pieced together a four-man tournament to determine who would compete for TPF’s heavyweight strap at TPF 34. Mohammed Usman and Mitchell Sipe, highly-touted prospects, finished their opposition in the first-frame and met face-to-face before doing so again in early 2018.
NorCal MMA’s Performances of the Night
Each of the nine bouts on TPF’s card scored a ten in the eyes of those beyond the cage’s walls, but several performances, which norcalmixedmartialarts.com awarded Fight of the Night, Knockout of the Night, and Submission of the Night, were off the charts.
Fight of the Night: Ysidro Gutierrez and Art Hernandez
Submission of the Night: Rodrigo Lima
Knockout of the Night: Evan Solorio
TPF 33’s results include:
Rodrigo Lima defeated Rolando Velasco by way of guillotine in round 2.
Tony Llamas defeated Sergio Quinones by way of KO in round 2 (1:43).
Mitchell Sipe defeated Chris Lewis by way of KO in round 3 (1:13).
Fard Muhammad defeated Drake Boen by way of unanimous decision.
Lamar Reed defeated Ray Cervera by way of unanimous decision.
Ysidro Gutierrez defeated Art Hernandez by way of unanimous decision.
Muhammed Usman defeated Van Palacio by way of TKO in round 1.
Jose Avalos defeated Devon Chavez by way of doctor’s stoppage in round 1.
Evan Solorio defeated Garrett Marks by way of KO in round 1 (:28).