TPF 3 " Champions Collide" Results..
There were four main bouts at Tachi Palace 3 "Champions Collide" on Thursday night at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino and all four of them were worthy of main event status.
The fighters did not disappoint as they pleased the record crowd at the Palace.
Three of those fights were over in the first round and one went to a split decision.
Michael "Mayday" McDonald clearly established himself as future superstar with his knockout victory against mixed martial arts veteran Manny Tapia.
McDonald said he doesn't think there are too many people in the 135-pound weight class that can stand up with him and he backed up that assertion by finishing off Tapia faster than even Miguel Torres could.
McDonald defeated Tapia in 4 minutes, 41 seconds. It took Torres until the second round to defeat him.
"I've never been hit on my feet and he did it," McDonald said about Tapia. "He was a tough fighter. My punching power was spot on but it took a lot to finish him."
McDonald, a 19-year-old who has been fighting since he was 16, improved to 9-1 in his career. There is no telling where the future might take McDonald, but he said wouldn't mind joining up with Bellator Fighting Championships and competing in the 135-pound tournament.
With McDonald's set of tools, he might be the favorite in any tournament he competes in.
"The biggest thing I need to work on is my takedown defense," McDonald said. "He [Tapia] wasn't able to take me down, but I still need to improve on that. I'm a jiu-jitsu brown belt and I don't know if there is anybody who can stand up with me at my weightclass."
The one person that had McDonald's number was the Apache Kid Cole Escovedo. Escovedo also fought Thursday night and he also had a memorable performance.
The Fresno-based fighter needed just 2:31 to lock in a triangle choke and force Jeff Bedard (12-3) to tap out.
With the victory, Escovedo was crowned the Tachi Palace Fights bantamweight champion.
He improved to 15-4 and is 4-0 since coming back from a serious staph infection that almost ended his career.
Anthony "The A-Train" Ruiz continued his destruction of former UFC fighters.
The Coarsegold fighter defeated Hector Ramirez, recording his third straight victory against a fighter who stepped foot into the UFCs octogan.
Ruiz earned a hard-fought split-decision victory against Ramirez, 30-27, 28-29, 29-28.
Ruiz began his streak of wins over UFC fighters when he defeated Gan McGee in July, and he also defeated Professor X Xavier Foupa-Pokam in December.
The knockout of the night belonged to Fresno's Isaac De Jesus. De Jesus landed a Superman punch, knocking out Nam Pham to capture the Tachi Palace Fights featherweight championship.
The fight was stopped 2:55 into the first round.
De Jesus improved to 9-1 and Pham dropped to 15-7.
Mike Guidry is now 2-0 in his MMA career and he has spent just 29 seconds in the cage total.
Guidry defeated Rafael Del Real 18 seconds into the first round.
Guidry landed a knee to Del Real's lower midsection, taking him to the ground. Del Real called for a low blow, but the referee didn't grant it to him and Del Real was forced to verbally submit because of the pain from the knee.
Guidry needed just 11 seconds to record a knockout in his first MMA fight in 2009.
"I thought it was low because that's where I felt the pain first," Del Real said. "Then it shot all the way up my chest and back down to my [testicles]. I know I've never been hit that hard with a knee. If it was a clean hit, I don't want to dismiss it. Then good job."
It is now only a matter of time before Gabe "Godzilla" Ruediger becomes a YouTube sensation.
Ruediger used a highlight-reel spinning backfist, which came out of nowhere, to stun Dominique Robinson (14-4-1) and eventually set up a rear-naked choke 4:49 into the second round.
Robinson attempted to throw a flurry of punches at a retreating Ruediger, who surprised Robinson and the fans with the spinning backfist.
Robinson hit the canvas where Ruediger immediately jumped on him to lock in the chokehold.
Following the fight, Ruediger asked for a fight against hometown hero Poppies Martinez for the Tachi Palace Fights lightweight title to some boos and some cheers.
Results were mixed for the relatives of two of professional wrestlings most famous entertainers.
David Bollea, the nephew of Hulk Hogan, did exactly what he wanted to do, recording an armbar-submission victory over Tim Denham (0-2) at a catchweight of 160 pounds.
The fight went straight to the ground where it did not take Bollea long to lock in the hold and force the tapout.
Bollea said it was only a matter of time before the arm broke if the referee didn't step in to break it up.
Bollea, who fights out of Las Vegas, improved to 2-0.
Colton Toombs, the son of Rowdy Roddy Piper, would like a mulligan. Toombs was beat to the punch all night by Art Becerra and Becerra locked up the unanimous-decision victory, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27.
Toombs, who had won all four of his amateur MMA bouts, dropped to 0-1 as a pro.
Becerra improved to 1-1.
Merced's Phill "The Pain" Collins lived up to his nickname by defeating Mike Arellano (5-3) in a welterweight bout.
Collins forced Arellano to tap out 3:10 into the first round with an armbar.
Collins improved to 8-5 with the victory.
Fresno's Zoila Frausto defeated Jessica Rakoczy with a second-round submission.
With neither fighter willing to throw any punches or kicks in the standup, Frausto took the fight to the ground. At the 1:17 mark of the second round, she locked in the armbar, forcing Rakoczy to tap out and drop to 0-2 in her career.
Up next for Frausto (5-0) is a scheduled bout against Miesha Tate at a Strikeforce show on March 26 in Fresno.
In a back and forth fight, Turlock's Gabby Solorio recorded a unanimous decision victory against Lemoore's Sergio Quinones. The judges scored the bout 29-28, 30-27, 30-27.
Solorio improved to 4-2 in his career, and Quinones dropped to under .500 at 5-6.
A bloodied Phil Perez walked away with a technical draw after an illegal headbut from Anthony Figueroa in a bantamweight bout. The fight was called in the first round.
In the opening bout of the night, Nader Maghribi and Fresno's Joshua Miranda rolled around for 15 minutes, with Maghribi pulling out the unanimous-decision win, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27.
Magribi, of Santa Rosa, was making his professional MMA debut, while Miranda dropped to 1-1.