It was a night of finishes at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California as TPF 14: Validation ended with only two bouts going to the distance. Unfortunately, the larger part of the evening’s narrative was the ineptitude of referee Marcos Rosales (remember that name). The bill was full of promising young talent and exciting fights with impressive finishes.
It was Ian Loveland who came out of the Tachi cage as the evening’s big winner. The UFC veteran absolutely blitzed Strikeforce veteran Casey Olson in the evening’s main event to retain his TPF bantamweight championship. Olson, a serviceable test for any fighter in the 135 lb. division, was thoroughly outclassed by the Sports Lab product. It took a mere 38 seconds for “The Barn Owl” to put the coffin nails in Olson, after a vicious head kick followed by ground strikes, “The Underdog” found himself face down on the mat, being blasted so hard that the champion’s punching arm was trapped under his unconscious body. Loveland is now undefeated since being released by Zuffa, and it would seem he may have punched his ticket back to the big show after such an impressive outing.
Co-headlining the bill was a promising featherweight tilt between TPF featherweight champion Georgi Karakhanyan met with WEC veteran Micah Miller. The evenly matched 145’ers spent much of the bout in the clinch. While it was hotly contested early on, it was the Bellator veteran who would pull ahead in the later rounds, taking control of the bout. The Millennia MMA Product began taking down Miller at will. After 25 minutes, Karakhanyan would have his hand raised after the judges rendered a unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-45)
Art Arciniega used his wrestling prowess and positional dominance to take a unanimous decision victory over Brad McDonald in a featherweight tilt. “Bad” Brad, brother of surging UFC bantamweight Michael McDonald was simply unable to keep the fight standing, where he held a clear advantage, allowing “King Arthur” to take him to the ground repeatedly and grind out a unanimous 29-28 decision victory.
One of the most impressive performances of the evening was put on by rising star Andre Fili who beat Ricky Wallace from pillar to post in a featherweight bout that arguably should have been stopped several times.While referee Marcos Rosales allowed the bout continue, causing the Cobra Kai product to take an unnecessary amount of damage, Fili continued to batter his fellow Hawaiian until the end of the first period. It was at 4:08 of the second stanza where “The Fury” locked on a tight armbar, and Morales confusingly halted the bout without a discernible tap. After the bout, the Alpha Male product confirmed to me via twitter that the he felt the arm of Wallace snap as well as a subsequent tap which could not be seen on the broadcast. While Fili was able to put on a virtuoso performance against the toughest opponent he’s faced hitherto, it was unjustly tainted by the poor officiating of the aforementioned Marcos Rosales.
On the preliminary card, Poppies Martinez submitted Jason Drake with a heel hook at 1:48 of the opening period of their lightweight bout. Marcos Rosales struck again in a bantamweight clash that saw Joe Duarte choked unconscious with a guillotine by Rolando Velasco, as the inert referee missed the tap, stopping the bout 10 seconds later than needed at 2:57 of the first round. Alpha Male featherweight Anthony Avila earned a first-round guillotine of his own, submitting Sergio Quinones at 3:03 of the opening frame. Everyone’s favorite referee, Marcos Rosales, again let a beating go on for entirely too long as an inactive Drew Montgomery ate dozens of unnecessary shots from Angel Deanda in their light heavyweight contest, which was finally called at 4:30 of the first round. Alex Perez defeated Javier Salas with a rear-naked choke at 1:37 of the opening round of their bantamweight bout. Welterweight Zeth Martinez scored a TKO victory over David Bollea 59 seconds of the second period, where Rosales again let the beating continue longer than necessary. Jessica Rakoczy blasted Kristen Gatz in the sole women’s fight of the night, bringing the flyweight contest to a halt in just 2:19.
- Ian loveland defeated Casey Olson via knockout (head kick and punches) at :38 of round 1.
- Georgi Karakhanyan defeated Micah Miller via Unanimous Decision (50-45, 50-25, 49-46).
- Art Arciniega defeated Brad McDonald via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
- Andre Fili defeated Ricky Wallace via submission (armbar) at 4:08 of round 2.
- Poppies Martinez defeated Jason Drake via submission (heel hook) at 1:48 of round 1.
- Rolando Velasco defeated Joe Duarte via technical submission (guillotine choke) at 2:57 of round 1
- Anthony Avila defeated Sergio Quinones via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:03 of round 1.
- Angel Deanda defeated Drew Montgomery via TKO (punches) at 4:30 of round 1.
- Alex Perez defeated Javier Salas via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:37 of round 1.
- Zeth Martinez defeated David Bollea via TKO (punches) at :59 of round 2.
- Jessica Rakoczy defeated Kristen Gatz via KO (punches) at 2:19 of round 1.