Tachi Palace Fights’ “High Stakes” Results
By Damian Marquez
LEMOORE, Calif. - The Ultimate Fighter veteran Kyacey Usocla shocked the pro-Doug Marshall crowd with a knockout victory on Thursday night at Tachi Palace Fights "High Stakes" at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore.
Midway through the first round, Uscola got Marshall's back and he landed some vicious punches, knocking Marshall out cold and forcing the referee to step in and stop the fight 3 minutes, 17 seconds into the first round.
Now, Uscola is looking to get paid and he is hoping the Tachi Palace will keep him around.
"I'm hoping to be signing a fat contract if we can come to an agreement, Uscola said. "I want to sign a multi-fight deal and stay as busy as possible."
Uscola improved to 19-15 in his career.
Marshall, who was coming off five consecutive victories, suffered defeat for the first time since losing his World Extreme Cagefighting light heayweight title to Brian Stann.
"You can't win them all," said Marshall, who dropped to 12-4 in his career.
Anthony Ruiz vs. Leopoldo Serao
In a very entertaining championship bout, Leopoldo Serao outlasted Anthony Ruiz to capture the vacant Tachi Palace Fights middleweight championship.
The judges awarded Serao with the split-decision victory, scoring the bout 48-47, 46-48, 48-46.
Ruiz dominated the fifth round of the fight. It appeared as if Ruiz felt he was losing the fight and he did everything in his power to try and end the fight and keep it out of the judges hands.
But Serao, who was bloodied in the fifth round, survived the onslaught and held on for the victory as he improved to 17-7 in his career.
Ruiz, who was on a four-fight win streak, fell to 25-14.
Rob McCullough vs. Corey Hill
"Razor" Rob McCullough earned a very close unanimous-decision victory over Corey Hill in a lightweight special attraction.
McCullough used leg kicks to keep Hill, who had a noticeable arm-reach advantage, at a distance. Hill was effective with his jab, but the judges felt McCullough did more than enough to earn the victory. They scored the bout 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, much to Hill's dismay.
The former WEC lightweight champion improved to 19-6 for his career and to 2-0 under the PFC banner.
Hill, a former UFC fighter who is trying to make his way back to the organization, fell to 4-4.
Micah Miller vs. Diego Saraiva
Both fighters made their way to the Tachi Palace by way of Georgia, but it will be Micah Miller going home happy.
Miller defeated former UFC veteran Diego Saravia via unanimous decision. Miller outpointed Saraiva 30-27, 29-28, 29-28.
Miller improved to 15-4 and Saraiva dropped to 18-10-1.
Joseph Henle vs. Collin Hart
As soon as the bell rang it was a one-on-one middleweight bout between The Ultimate Fighter alumn Joseph Henle and Collin Hart.
But before the fight it was a name-dropping competition between the two fighters. In their pre-fight interviews, Henle and Hart didn't hesitate to mention the fighters they train with. Those fighters weren't in the cage with them though.
Both fighters represented their camps well as the bout was scored a draw. All three judges scored it 28-28.
The draw is especially tough for Hart to take because he was deducted a point in the second round for a low blow.
Henle is now 3-0-1 and Hart is 2-1-1.
Luis Gonzalez vs. Darrell Montague
Darrell Montague landed a big overhand right to knock out Luis "Speedy" Gonzalez 4:42 into the first round and improve to 8-1 in his MMA career.
Gonzalez, who was coming off a loss to Ulysses Gomez for the TPF flyweight title, falls to 2-3 for his career.
Paulina Ramirez vs. Stephanie Frausto
Hanford fighter Paulina Ramirez edged out Fresno's Stephanie Frausto in a women's flyweight bout.
All three judges scored the bout 29-28, giving Ramirez the split-decision victory in a very tightly contested matchup that could have gone either way.
Ramirez improved to 2-0 in her young career, and Frausto dropped to 2-3.
Andrew Martinez vs. Mark Matthews
Andrew Martinez, better known as Mickey D. Martinez, defeated Mark Matthews with a vicious knockout 2:41 into the first round.
Martinez connected with an overhand right, sending Matthews down to the canvas and then landed a few more punches before the referee stepped in to stop the fight.
It was the second time the two met in the cage. The first bout ended in a no-contest.
Martinez improved his record to 7-2-1 and Matthews dropped to 3-5.
Gabriel Solorio vs. Art Becerra
In the opening bout of the night, two Fresno natives slugged it out in a very exciting featherweight fight.
But it was Art Becerra pulling out the victory, beating Gabriel Solorio via rear-naked choke.
A bloodied Solorio showed a lot of heart by not tapping out, but went unconscious 3:22 into the second round, forcing the referee to step in and stop the fight.
Becerra improved to 3-1 while Solorio fell to 5-3.