Brad McDonald will face Francisco Rivera at Tachi Palace Fights 11. | Photo: Jeff Sherwood
Two-time UFC veteran Fabricio Camoes will not compete at Tachi Palace Fights 11 as originally anticipated. Instead, a bantamweight clash between Brad McDonald and Francisco Rivera has been added to the Dec. 2 fight bill.
Sherdog.com confirmed the switch with Tachi Palace Entertainment Coordinator Jeremy Luchau on Friday. Featuring flyweight, bantamweight and featherweight title fights, TPF 11 goes down from the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif.
“This is a big fight for Central Valley fans. Brad is on the cusp of doing great things, and I feel like this is a fight that he can showcase his skills,” Luchau told Sherdog.com in a text. “Meanwhile, Francisco is looking to re-energize his career, and this is one of those must-win type of fights.”
Camoes was originally supposed to face former EliteXC talent Thomas Denny, but “Wildman” withdrew from the contest on Nov. 1 due to injury. According to Luchau, Camoes and the organization mutually agreed to pull the fighter from the event due to the difficulty in finding a short-notice replacement.
Younger brother of UFC bantamweight prospect Michael McDonald, “Bad” Brad has tasted defeat only once as a professional and rides a five-fight winning streak heading into his showdown with Rivera. McDonald has been perfect through his TPF career thus far, notching wins over Jesse Bowen and most recently Sergio Quinones on Aug. 5.
Rivera has not fought since stumbling in his two-fight UFC stint, where he was finished by Erik Koch and Reuben Duran in November and June, respectively. Prior to the back-to-back losses, Rivera held a flawless professional record, finishing three of his five career victims by knockout.