Griffin wins welterweight title at Tachi Palace Fights 21

By:Daniel "BigTrip" Quintana

Tachi Palace Fights 21 "All Or Nothing" went down Thursday Night November 6th, 2015 from The Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, Ca.

The TPF welterweight championship was on the line as (19-5) Ricky Legere Jr. looked to defend his title versus (9-1) Max "Pain" Griffin. Griffin found a home for the jab early on in the fight using his head movement and footwork to set up his combos. Legere Jr. landed a few leg kicks but wasn't able find good range to land on Griffin. Griffin would eventually blast Legere Jr. with s straight right hand that dropped Legere.

Sacramento's Griffin followed up with some hammer fist that put Legere to sleep at 3:21 into round one. Making Max "Pain" Griffin the new TPF welterweight champion.

In the co main the TPF Flyweight champion (8-1) Hector Sandoval was set to defend his title versus (10-4) Willie Gates out of Millennia MMA.  Sandoval landed a couple punches early in round one, and looked to take the fight to the canvas.

Gates who took the fight on short notice, shrugged of any take down attempt. Gates used his speed landing a knee followed by a combo that ended with a left hand that floored Sandoval. The referee would step in to stop the fight at 1:23 in round 1, making Gates the winner by TKO. Willie Gates is the new TPF flyweight champion.

Stockton's Adrian Diaz would get their better of Issac DeJesus in their rematch. The fight was close, with DeJesus turning it up in round two, scoring with his striking. Diaz would stun DeJesus in the final frame with a hard right hand. DeJesus tried to recover but Diaz followed up with more hard punches on a downed DeJesus forcing the referee to stop the fight at :37 of round 3.

Oakdale's Rolando Velasco  stopped Sergio Cortez by submission, taking the fight to the ground. Where he worked from side control and scored with some punches. Cortez looked to escape to his feet but Velasco slapped on a standing arm triangle on the way up. Velasco took Cortez back to the canvas with the submission even tighter forcing the tap at 3:08 in round 1.

Porterville's Fearless Fighters continue to prove they are a force in the MMA scene going 2-0 at TPF 21. Tony Llamas stopped Alexander Crispim, after out sriking Crispim. Llamas was landing at will leaving Crispim a battered and bloody mess. Dr was called in to check on a cut on Crispim, where he then called a end to the fight making Llamas the winner by TKO in round 3.

Alex Barajas kicked off the night for Fearless Fighters welcoming Evan Solorio  to the professional ranks in what many were calling the fight of the night. These two left it all in the cage in a back and fourth war. where Barajas dropped Solorio with a knee in round 1. Going into the second round Solorio was unloading hard combos. As the fight hit the canvas Barajas shoots for a triangle, locks it up tight and forces the tap at 3:38 in round 2.

In other bouts Anthony Figueroa defeated Luis Gonzales by unanimous decision, all three judges scored the fight (30-27).

Mario Soto defeats Dominic Clark by TKO with some ground and pound forcing the referee to stop the fight at 4:56 in round 2.

J.C. Llamas defeats Kenny Ento by verbal submission 2:42 in round 2

Mike Olson defeats Anthony Torres buy submission with a guillotine that ended the fight at 1:44 in round 1.

Art Hernandez makes a successful pro debut defeating Joshua Lagrange by TKO at 3:12 in round 2.





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