Dustin Ortiz (above) faces Ian McCall in the main event of Tachi Palace Fights 9. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
The dance card is full for Tachi Palace Fights 9, as the promotion on Wednesday announced the complete 13-fight bill for the May 6 event, which goes down at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif. The event will stream live and free on Sherdog.com beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.
Headlining the show will be a flyweight scrap pitting the world-ranked Ian McCall against undefeated up-and-comer Dustin Ortiz. Another pivotal 125-pound affair has also been ratified for the show, as former two-division Shooto champion Mamoru Yamaguchi locks horns with unorthodox “Magician” John Dodson. Meanwhile, UFC veterans collide in a lightweight duel, as Efrain Escudero squares off with Fabricio Camoes.
McCall, a three-time World Extreme Cagefighting veteran, recently made waves by outpointing top-ranked Jussier “Formiga” da Silva at TPF 8 in February. The Californian has won back-to-back bouts since being cut by WEC as a bantamweight.
The man nicknamed “Uncle Creepy” made his WEC debut in 2007, knocking out Coty Wheeler at WEC 30 with only 26 seconds left in their fight. That victory would mark McCall’s first and last win inside the little blue cage, however, as the fighter was subsequently handed losses by both Charlie Valencia and current UFC bantamweight king Dominick Cruz.
Undefeated through his nascent MMA career, Ortiz has finished each of his fallen foes since turning pro one year ago. The Nashville MMA product is a two-time veteran of Strikeforce competition, most recently knocking out Matt Horning at Strikeforce Challengers 13 in January. Outside of his two Strikeforce appearances, the Tennessean has fought the entirety of his pro career in the local Gameness Fighting Championship promotion. Ortiz has three knockouts and four submission wins to his credit.