UFC castaway Xavier
Foupa-Pokam will lock horns with Anthony Ruiz
in the featured bout at Tachi Palace Fights 2 on Thursday at the
Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif. The middleweight
tilt will headline an 11-fight lineup.
Foupa-Pokam enters the matchup on a two-fight losing streak, which
resulted in his dismissal from the UFC. The 27-year-old Frenchman
last appeared at UFC 98 in May when he succumbed to Drew
McFedries strikes in 37 seconds. A proven finisher, “Professor
X” has delivered 18 of his 20 career victories by knockout,
technical knockout or submission.
Ruiz, a late replacement for World Extreme Cagefighting veteran
Moreno, has not competed since he knocked out Gan McGee at Pure
Combat 9 in July. The well-traveled 32-year-old Californian holds
notable victories against former Strikeforce light heavyweight
Southworth and “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 2 heavyweight
finalist Brad Imes. He
has been knocked only once -- by Jaime Jara -- in
35 career bouts.
In the co-main event, former Palace Fighting Championship
titleholder Diego Saraiva
will meet Eddie Yagin.
The 27-year-old Saraiva will carry a four-fight winning streak into
the match; the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt has never been
finished. Yagin, meanwhile, has not tasted defeat in nearly six