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While You Were Out: Ian McCall and Various UFC Vets Fought at Tachi Palace Fights 9

And to think, only ONE of these guys is nicknamed “Uncle Creepy”. Image courtesy of

Last night, Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California hosted their ninth event.  The card featured a Top 10 flyweight,  Gerald Harris attempting to get back in the W column and the return of the greatest tattoo in MMA.  And probably some other stuff, too.  

Fresh off of his upset victory over then top ranked flyweight Jussier da Silva, “Uncle Creepy” Ian McCall returned to action last night against Nashville prospect Dustin Ortiz.  Before dropping to flyweight, Uncle Creepy compiled an 8-2 record as a bantamweight.  You may remember him from his brief stint with the WEC, where he went 1-2 in three fights, including a unanimous decision loss to Dominick Cruz at WEC 38.  Last night McCall dominated the entire fight, showboating to the crowd throughout the third round on his way to a unanimous decision win.  The victory likely propels him to a flyweight title fight against Darrell Montague.

Gerald Harris was also in action last night against journeyman Anthony Ruiz, who at one point was a contender for Strikeforce’s light heavyweight title. Ruiz has heavy hands, but he also throws punches so wildly that even Leonard Garcia wonders if the word “technique” means anything to him.  Rather than get involved with that, Harris opted to clinch and secure takedowns on his way to a unanimous decision victory.  After the fight, Harris claimed to have broken his hand in the first round.   

Also of note, TUF-8 winner Efrain Escudero battled fellow UFC castaway Fabricio Camoes.  Since being released by the UFC, Escudero won three straight fights coming into last night.  However, Camoes showed off some improved boxing skills, as well as superior grappling.  While Escudero managed to land a flying knee that damaged Camoes in the third round, he was unable to finish.  The victory for Camoes marks his second straight since being released by the UFC.

Results, courtesy of

Ian McCall def. Dustin Ortiz via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Isaac DeJesus def. Russ Miura via knockout at 2:52 of Round 1
Fabricio Camoes def. Efrain Escudero via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Gerald Harris def. Anthony Ruiz via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Mamoru Yamaguchi def. Kevin Dunsmoor via knockout at 4:03 of Round 2
Jorge Lopez def. Waachiim Spiritwolf via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)

-Seth Falvo


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pooflinger- May 9, 2011 at 11:20 am
Oh poop
lolatyou- May 8, 2011 at 10:40 pm
way to miss out on another event... should be changed to "while we weren't paying attention"
Chromium- May 8, 2011 at 12:26 am
Pretty sure it feature more than one Top 10 Flyweight if both Ian McCall and Mamoru Yamaguchi were on the card.
Null Kuhl- May 7, 2011 at 10:21 pm
I remember when Ian gave some sort of primal scream while delivering brutal GnP to Ox Wheeler. I didn't know whether to laugh or consider it one of the best things I had ever seen.
Ziggy- May 7, 2011 at 7:14 pm
I confirmed with the Tachi Palace entertainment coordinator, McCall is fighting Montague for the belt in August.
Payday- May 7, 2011 at 5:48 pm
I remember when Ian was suplexed by Charlie Valencia and couldn't stand up straight after the fight was waved off.