Diaz stops Olaf, Ciagos wins TPF lightweight Championship at TPF 19

By: Daniel "BigTrip" Quintana

Tachi Palace Fights went old school with TPF 19 "Throwback Thursday"  June 19, 2014 from the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, Ca. Veteran Fighters than helped make any organization held at the Tachi Palace special returned, as well as some up and coming talent that will lead the tradition of fights at the Tachi Palace into the future.

The TPF lightweight championship was on the line in the main event, as (8-2) Christos "The Spartan" Giagos met (13-5) Sevak Magakian. After a brief feeling out period, Ciagos pushed Magakian against the cage. Magakian would drop looking for a heel hook but ended up with Ciagos in top position raining down punches. Ciagos took Magakian's back looking for a rear naked choke,  but Magakian broke free where he took top position. Ciagos quickly locked up a triangle and thought about transitioning to a arm bar but it wouldn't be necessary as Magakian tapped to the triangle at 4:45 in round 1. Making Christos Ciagos the new TPF lightweight Champion.

The Co main event saw the return of MMA veteran (8-11) Olaf Alfonso taking on Stockton's (5-3) Adrian Diaz. The Fight would go back and forth with Olaf getting clipped in round one by a hard right hand from Diaz. Olaf would survive and keep coming forward nearly securing a rear naked choke in round two. In round three Diaz began to land, popping the jab that had Olaf bloodied up.

Diaz followed up with a right hand and a head kick that had a tired Olaf back pedaling. Olaf shot in for one more take down attempt, but Diaz stuffed it. Diaz rained down punches on Olaf who was turtled down with no signs of defending himself forcing the referee to stop the fight at 2:35 in round 3 making Diaz the winner by TKO.

(8-1) Max "Pain" Griffin stops (9-1) Randall "Buddy" Wallace, landing a right hand that rocked Wallace in round two sending him stumbling to the canvas. Griffin followed up with some more shots trying to end the fight, but Wallace survived. Wallace trying to make it back to his feet, gave up his back in doing so.

Griffin jumped on the opportunity and secured a rear naked choke that would bring a end to the fight at 2:20 in round 2.

(21-16-1) Diego Saraiva defeated (16-5) Eddie Yagin  in their rematch. Saraiva was able to land more and cause more damage throughout the fight. Judges scored it a unanimous decision for Saraiva.

The fight between (9-6) Andrew "Mickey D" Martinez and (2-1) Josue Lugo was ruled a no contest after a accidental eye poke left Martinez unable to continue at 2:02 in round 1.

The Pit's Castle Williams made a impressive pro debut stopping (2-1) Cameron Ramirez byt TKO. Williams landed a spinning back kick to the body that put Ramirez down at 3:29 of round 1.

(10-2) Alex Perez defeats (22-16) Del Hawkins by tko, taking Hawkins to the canvas where he rained down punches until the referee stopped the fight at 2:23 in round 1.

Kelly McGill defeats Leslie Rodriguez by tko, connecting with a combo that dropped Rodriguez. McGill landed a couple more shots until he referee stepped in at 1:33 in round 1.

Former 559 Fights Heavyweight champ Josh Powell made his pro debut defeating Jerod Brown by unanimous decision.

Rodrigo Vargas Mejia defeats Jordan Williams by TKO after the Dr. stopped the fight due to a cut after the first round.

Tulare's Hector Alatorre earns his first win in MMA defeating Justin Santistevan by unanimous decision





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