Bellator vet Rodrigo Lima moved into the spotlight with a guillotine choke of former Tachi Palace Fights bantamweight champion Rolando Velasco while former lightweight champion Tony Llamas picked up a win over Sergio Quinones. TPF 33 took place November 2nd at the Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore, CA with a webcast at Sherdog.com.
The main event was originally for the bantamweight title but Lima missed weight making this a non-title fight. Lima went on to land a groin kick in the first but it was grabbing the fence that cost him a one-point deduction in the first round. In the second Velasco started shooting in for takedowns landing the first one only to spend time defending Lima’s submission attempts. Back on the feet Lima went back to powerful strikes then took Velasco down. Velasco created distance and rolled up for a takedown of his own only to be caught in a guillotine choke. Lima left the cage 13-4, Velasco fell to 13-5-1.
In the co-main event Tony Llamas barely struggled against Sergio Quinones before ending the fight by TKO. Quinones scored two takedowns in round 1 but Llamas was able to return to his feet to come and close to ending the fight at the end of the first with strikes. Llamas walked down Quinones in the second and knocked him down with a left jab then finished with strikes on the ground. Llamas’ first fight in two years resulted in a record of 17-15 with six wins in a row, Quinones dropped to 11-19.
The card also featured the opening round of a four-man heavyweight tournament to be concluded in February.
The first fight of the heavyweight tournament looked terrible on paper and unfolded little better as Kamaru Usman’s brother Mohammed took out Van Michael Palacio. After an errant low blow that almost caused Palacio to throw up Usman took Palacio to the mat. From side control Usman delivered elbows to the head and side of Palacio until the referee deemed one to the back of the head and issued a point deduction. Once again underway Usman took Palacio down to continue his ground onslaught against a barely competent Palacio until the TKO. Usman kept his record intact at 3-0, Palacio’s second loss in a row left his record 4-3.
In the other tournament fight Mitchell Sipe kept his perfect record intact while handing Chris Lewis his first professional loss. Lewis took round 1 with ground control while Sipe came back in round 2 with strikes on the feet. In round 3 an uppercut from Sipe against the fence led to knees to the head that dropped Lewis for the TKO. Sipe now stands 2-0, Lewis fell to 2-1.
TPF 33 results
- Lamar Reed def. Ray Cervera by unanimous decision
- Jose Avalos def. Devon Chavez 5:00 R1 by TKO
- Fard Muhammad def. Drake Boen by unanimous decision
- Ysidro Gutierrez def. Art Hernandez by unanimous decision
- HW tournament: Mohammed Usman def. Van Michael Palacio 4:52 R1 by TKO
- Evan Solorio def. Garrett Marks 0:28 R1 by TKO
- HW tournament: Mitchell Sipe def. Chris Lewis 1:13 R3 by TKO
- Tony Llamas def. Sergio Quinones 1:42 R2 by TKO
- Rodrigo Lima def. Rolando Velasco 3:47 R2 by guillotine choke