Adrian Diaz Taps Cody Gibson in TPF 31 Main Event; Gibson Announces Retirement

Though two champions stepped into the Tachi
Palace Fights
cage to do battle Thursday night, only one title
was at stake in the
TPF 31
main event. Adrian Diaz
put his featherweight belt on the line against
Ultimate Fighting Championship
veteran Cody Gibson
and had to regroup after a rough opening round. Gibson took him
down and controlled the pace with plenty of strikes from on top,
but when Diaz landed a partially-blocked head kick in the second,
the tides were changed.

Gibson, who is the current TPF bantamweight champion, stormed back
in the third, but when the fight went to the ground, Gibson made a
critical error by ducking his head in a dangerous position. Diaz
quickly latched on a guillotine, locked in a tight body triangle
and forced the tap at the 1:46 mark of the third. After the fight,
Gibson announced his retirement while the younger Diaz politely
demanded a shot in the UFC.

went to war with fellow welterweight J.C. Llamas in
the TPF 31 co-feature and prevailed, but a rematch might be in
store. The two fought tooth and nail from the start, but a nasty
laceration around Llamas’ right eye ended the fight prematurely.
With blood covering his face like a mask late in the opening frame,
Llamas threatened with a leg lock. However, both men inexplicably
stopped fighting with several seconds remaining before the bell
ended the round. From there, the cageside physician deemed Llamas’
cut too severe and advised referee Mark Lawley
to stop the fight before the second began.

Heavyweight prospect Chris Lewis
dominated the larger Van Palacio
as soon as their duel began and eventually stopped him in the
second. “The Law” picked Palacio apart from the outside with
punches and kicks and continued to pound on his foe in the
following frame. When Palacio was tagged by a pair of rights, he
attempted a guillotine, but missed. Lewis slid out from the choke,
scrambled on the ground and wound up on top. From there, Lewis
hammered away with…

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