Bout Agreements Signed for Montague/McCall
Sources close to Tachi Palace Fights 125lb champion Darrell Montague (#6 Flyweight) have confirmed that bout agreements have been signed for the title to be put on the line against surging Ian McCall (#3 Flyweight) on August 4th, 2010 at Tachi Palace Fights 10.
Both fighters have been on superb runs of late, with Montague dominating former champ Ulysses Gomez back at TPF 8 to take the belt, while McCall scored a hard fought decision victory over then #1 Flyweight in the world, Jussier da Silva, on the same card. McCall then followed up by beating unbeaten prospect Dustin Ortiz at TPF 9 earlier this month.
While a match between McCall and Mamoru Yamaguchi (#2 Flyweight) would likely have determined the top 125lb fighter in the world, this fight still makes sense, as it gives Yamaguchi more time to build a name while solidifying either Montague or McCall as top Flyweights, as both are still relatively young in the division.
Expect Mamoru to get a fairly high profile match on this card as well (perhaps the John Dodson fight that had to be reworked), which should set up the next title challenger quite clearly.
Tachi Palace continues to make strides in its current bid with Shooto to display the best Flyweight division in the sport, and this does nothing but help that trend. It’s almost a shame that the guys at Tachi are doing all this work knowing that Zuffa can come in at any point they desire to bring the 125lb division where it belongs and scoop up the talent they’ve fostered over years of being one of a handful of legitimate promotions available to Flyweights.