TACHI PALACE FIGHTS 10 "LET THE CHIPS FALL" RESULTS
Tachi Palace Fights 10 "Let the Chips Fall" featured some surprise finishes and some surprise outcomes.
Perhaps none was more surprising than Eddie Yagin upsetting Joe Soto to claim the vacant TPF featherweight championship.
Yagin locked in a rear-naked choke and forced Soto to tap out 2:00 into the first round on Friday night at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino.
After the fight, TPF announced Yagin would defend the title against former featherweight champion Isaac De Jesus in December.
Yagin improved to 14-4-1 in his career, while Soto tasted defeat for the second consecutive time to fall to 9-2.
Soto, the former Bellator featherweight champion, will look to get back on track when he competes in the upcoming Bellator bantamweight tournament.
Tachi Palace Fights has the market cornered on the flyweight division. And the person at the top of that division is Ian McCall.
The fighter locked in a rear-naked choke to defeat Darrell Montague 2:15 into the third round and claim the flyweight championship.
The two fighters put on a great show for the fans. McCall almost had Montague at the end of the first and second rounds, but Montague was saved by the bell.
McCall got the job done in the third round to improve to 11-2 for his career. Montague fell to 9-2.
Jussier Da Silva improved to 10-1 in his career with a dominant victory over Mamoru Yamaguchi in a flyweight bout.
All three judges scored the bout for Da Silva 30-27, who bounced back successfully from the first loss of his professional career. Yamaguchi fell to 26-6 in his career.
Giva Santana showed why he is one of the most dangerous jiu-jitsu fighters in the sport. He locked in a rear-naked choke and choked out former WEC light heavyweight champion Doug in 29 seconds. Santana took the fight immediately to the ground where he gained side control and eventually took Marshall's back to finish the fight. "The Arm Collector" improved to 16-1 in his career and won by submission for the 14th time. Marshall fell to 12-5.
With Wanderlei Silva in his corner, Jorge Lopez proved to be too much for Sacramento's David Marshall. Lopez won via TKO when Marshall did not answer the bell for the third round. Lopez improved to 10-1 in his career, while Marshall fell to 8-3.
Las Vegas' Ulysses Gomez handed Soledad's Drew Bittner the first loss of his career. Gomez locked in a rear-naked choke 1:21 into the second round, forcing Bittner to tap out. The two bantamweight fighters engaged in an exciting back-and-forth first round. But round two belonged to Gomez, who improved to 8-2 for his career. Bittner fell to 4-1.
In a grudge match between a pair of local favorites, Visalia's Kenny Ento knocked out Merced's Phil Collins just 1:46 into the first round of their welterweight bout. The two fighters split their first two meetings, but Ento landed a vicious combination, knocking Collins out cold to get the upper hand in the trilogy. Ento improved to 12-6 and Collins fell to 11-6.
After his fight, Collins announced on his Facebook page that he was retiring from the sport.
The fast-risng star Brad McDonald (7-1) locked in an armbar to defeat Lemoore's Sergio Quinones (6-8) in a featherweight bout. Quinones managed a takedown and appeared to do some damage to McDonald, but the fighter found a way to lock in the submission and win the fight 3:36 into the first round.
In the opening bout of the night, Lakewood's Musa Toliver defeated Santa Andy Miranda in a featherweight bout. Toliver improved to 10-7-1 and Miranda fell to 5-2 for his career.