Mamoru Yamaguchi (left) returns to the Tachi on August 5 against Jussier da Silva. | Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog.com
A blockbuster flyweight scrap between Jussier da Silva and Mamoru Yamaguchi is set to go down on Aug. 5 at Tachi Palace Fights 10.
Sherdog.com on Wednesday confirmed the matchup with a source close to the bout, who also stated that Tachi Palace has signed Yamaguchi to a multi-fight contract that is exclusive in the United States.
The bout joins another pivotal 125-pound affair on the card, as TPF flyweight champion Darrell Montague defends his strap against surging WEC veteran Ian McCall at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif. Additionally, former titleholder “Useless” Ulysses Gomez will square off with undefeated Drew Bittner.
Formerly the world’s top-ranked flyweight, Da Silva was dealt a setback in his sophomore Tachi Palace effort, as the Brazilian was outpointed by McCall at TPF 8 in February. Unbeaten prior to that fight, Da Silva won Shooto South American 123-pound title before beating then-Shooto world champion Shinichi Kojima in a non-title bout in 2009. “Formiga” made his Tachi Palace debut in December, outpointing Danny Martinez in a unanimous verdict.
Known for his superb striking skills and trademark Afro, Yamaguchi is the reigning King of the Cage 125-pound champ and a former dual-division Shooto titleholder. The Shooting Gym Yokohama representative has won his last six bouts, finishing five of his foes in that span by either knockout or submission. The 33-year-old made his Tachi Palace debut in his most recent outing, knocking out Kevin Dunsmoor in the second round of their May 5 clash.