Tachi Palace Fights "Cinco de Mayhem" Results
By DAMIAN MARQUEZ
LEMOORE, Calif. - Two titles were on the line at Tachi Palace Fights 4 "Cinco de Mayhem" on Wednesday at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino.
The first title fight of the night didn't last long as Santa Rosa's David Mitchell captured the TPF welterweight championship with a first-round submission victory over Lodi's Tim McKenzie.
Mitchell, who improved to an impressive 10-0 in his career, needed just 1 minute, 10 seconds to lock in a guillotine choke and force McKenzie to tapout and win the previously vacant title.
Following his fight, Mitchell said he was ready and willing to defend his title against anybody. He named off three fighters in Phil Collins, Poppies Martinez and Mickey D. Martinez, who haven't spent a whole lot of time fighting at 170 pounds, but have talked about moving into the welterweight division to get a shot at Mitchell's championship bout.
Mitchell welcomed any challenge, which didn't sit well with Mickey D. Martinez, who ran into the cage to confront him.
In an even more entertaining exchange of words, Mickey D. told Collins he wanted the winner of a possible Mitchell-Collins fight.
Collins responded, "I'll kick your ass though."
But Tachi Palace event coordinator Jeremy Luchau hinted it would be Poppies Martinez getting a shot at the title in July.
The main event of the night went the distance as Ulysses Gomez eeked out a unanimous decision win against Hanford's Luis "Speedy" Gonzales.
The judges scored the bout 48-47, 49-46, 49-46 much to the displeasure of the fans, crowning Gomez as the first ever Tachi Palace Fights 125-pound champion.
The fight went back and forth and could have gone either way. A unanimous decision doesn't do the two fighters justice because it was a very close fight.
Gomez improved to 6-1 and captured his first belt as a pro MMA fighter. Gonzales dropped to 2-2.
Poppies Martinez vs. Darren Crisp, welterweights
Poppiez Martinez may have jumped into the No. 1 contender's spot for the 170-pound title with his submission victory over Darren Crisp.
Martinez felt Crisp's knee early in the match and that was enough to decide he didn't want to stand-up. Martinez attempted a couple of takedowns and on the second try, he got it. Martinez pushed Crisp into the cage where he locked in a guillotine choke, forcing Crisp to tap out 2:46 into the first round.
Martinez improved to 18-6, and Crisp dropped to 7-6.
Casey Olson vs. Shawn Klarcyk, featherweights
The judges gave "The Underdog" Casey Olson a unanimous-decision victory with all three judges scoring the bout 30-27.
But the fight was in fact much closer than the scores indicate. Olson's wrestling did control the fight, but Klarcyk was very close to locking in submissions a number of times.
But Olson was able to overwhelm Klarcyk with his power and escape the submission attempts.
It was a very entertaining fight, considering it was fought on the ground the majority of the time.
Olson, who was originally scheduled to fight Isaac De Jesus for the TPF featherweight title, improved to 12-3 for his career.
De Jesus was forced to back out with a knee injury.
Klarcyk, who took the fight as De Jesus' replacement, dropped to 9-6.
Alexander Crispim vs. Enoch Wilson, featherweights
A late addition to the fight card, Alexander Crispim made the most of his opportunity with a unanimous-decision victory over Beaverton, Ore.'s Enoch Wilson.
The judges scored the bout 29-28, 30-27, 30-27.
Crispim improved to 5-2 in his career, and Wilson dropped to 13-7-1.
Phil Collins vs. Morris Aldaco, welterweights
The savvy Phil "The Pain" Collins was at it again as he made quick work of Morris Aldaco in a welterweight bout.
A slimmed-down Collins, fighting at 170 pounds, locked in a heel hook, forcing Aldaco to tap out 2:25 into the first round.
Collins, who improved to 9-5, made his case as the next contender in line for the 170-pound title belt, which David Mitchell holds.
Aldaco, of Porterville suffered defeat for the first time in his career as he dropped to 6-1.
Darrell Montague vs. Jeremy Bolt, flyweights
In a back-and-forth fight, Chino's Darrell Montague defeated Indianapolis' Jeremy Bolt.
Montague landed a vicious liver kick in the third round, forcing Bolt to call timeout on his way down. With Bolt calling for a break, the referee was forced to step in and stop the fight, giving Montague a submission victory 2:21 into the third round.
Montague improved to 7-1, and Bolt dropped to 22-10.
Stephen Abas vs. Sam Stevens-Milo, bantamweights
2004 Olympic silver medalist Stephen Abas escaped his mixed martial arts debut with a majority-decision victory against Sam Stevens-Milo.
Abas showed off his wrestling skills with some explosive double-leg takedowns, but he wasn't able to capitalize once on the ground.
Abas, who was docked a point for an eye poke, was in some danger of being submitted twice. But in the end, it was the takedowns, and control of the fight that gave the 28-28, 29-27, 29-27 decision.
Abas, who fights out of The Arena in San Diego, improved to 1-0. Stevens-Milo, of Sacramento, dropped to 1-6.
Russ Miura vs. Jesse Bowen, featherweights
Fresno's Russ Miura imposed his will against Merced's Jesse Bowen to improve to 6-1 in his career. After dominating most of the fight, Miura locked in a head and arm choke, forcing Bowen to tap out :58 into the second round.
Bowen dropped to 7-4 in his career.
Mickey D. Martinez vs. Mark Matthews, middleweights
Andrew "Mickey D" Martinez can always be counted on for an entertaining fight.
His 185-pound tilt against Sacramento's Mark Matthews was no different.
Matthews and Martinez entertained the crowd for almost two entire rounds, but an accidental eye poke to Martinez ended the fight early. Martinez could not see out of one eye and the bout was stopped by the doctor 2:56 into the second round for a no-contest.
Rumulo Melo vs. Chase Hackett, lightweights
Something had to give in the matchup of two undefeated fighters. Rumulo Melo and Chase Hackett each put their perfect 3-0 records on the line in the opening bout of the night.
Melo, fighting out of Oakland, earned the unanimous-decision victory with all three judges scoring the bout 29-28 in his favor.
Hackett, fighting out of Denver, Colo., dropped to 3-1.