Perez brings Flyweight title home to Lemoore at Tachi Palace Fights 22
By:Daniel "BigTrip" Quintana
Tachi Palace Fights was back at it, with their first show of 2015. The Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, Ca hosted Tachi Palace Fights 22 "Champions Collide". The sold out crowd was treated to a ten bout card including three title fights.
The main event was to decide the TPF bantamweight champion, but late replacement (24-6) Fabiano Silva Da Conceicao forfeited his opportunity when he failed to make weight. The fight would move forward, with a stipulation that Oakdale's (10-2-1) Rolando Velasco would keep his chance at the title, and be awarded if he won.
Conceicao used his size early in the fight getting a take down in round one, where he looked to take Velasco's back. In round two Conceicao began to land good punches, eventually landing a hard straight right hand that dropped Velasco. A couple more shots and the referee stopped the fight at 1:28 in round 2. Moving Conceicao's record to (25-6) but the bantamweight would remain vacant.
In the co main event Lemoore's own (11-2) Alex "The Decision" Perez took on Anthony Figueroa for the vacant TPF Flyweight championship. Perez took control of the fight with his ground game and never looked back.
Perez would land some kicks and shoot off some combos to set up the take downs throughout the fight. Going into the final round Figueroa who was well behind in the scorecards, would swing for the fences but it would be too late, with Perez using his footwork to avoid any damage to the end of the fight. After five rounds judges scored the fight a unanimous decision for Alex Perez making him the new TPF Flyweight Champion.
Two former TPF champions in different weight classes returned to face of for the TPF middleweight championship. As Former TPF lightweight champion and UFC vet (17-4) David Mitchell returned to take on former TPF light heavyweight champion and WSOF vet (12-4) Angel DeAnda.
Mitchell wasted no time trying to get the fight to the ground. DeAnda stuffed the first take down attempt, but Mitchell was successful in his second try. Mitchell moved to DeAnda's back where he landed hard punches while looking for the opening for a rear naked choke. Mitchell saw his chance locked in the rear naked choke and forced the tap at 3:00 in round 1.
Porterville's Tony Llamas may have earned himself a future title shot, picking up his third win in a row in the TPF. Llamas defeated Sergio Cortez by unanimous decision after three rounds of action.
Brandon Cohea pulled off what many believed was a upset, defeating a top prospect in Castle Williams by unanimous decision.
Enoch Wilson defeats Diego Saraiva by unanimous decision.
Aaron Arana stops Sergio Quinones by tko with kicks to the body that sent Quinones to the canvas, a couple more shots and the fight was stopped at 4:17.
San Luis Obispo's Richard Parra made a impressive pro debut, dropping Drake Boen with a crushing over hand right. Then following up with a couple more punches until the referee stepped in at just :06 seconds into round 1.
Salvador Becerra defeats Ladale Noa by split decision.
Jordan Williams defeats Christian Barber by TKO using his ground and pound until the referee stopped the fight at 1:14 in round 1.