Tachi Palace flyweight champ, Ian McCall (11-2) now has a new opponent.
McCall’s original opponent Will Campuzano (9-4) had to pull from the fight due to a rib injury. Replacing Campuzano and making his inaugural appearance with TPF will be Josh Rave (18-8).
Rave, who’s competed with organizations such as M-1 Challenge and EliteXC, is on a 3-1 run since an April 2010 loss to now-Bellator bantamweight champion Zach Makovsky. Twelve of the Nebraskan’s 18 wins have come via stoppage (eight via submission).
“Rave is a top-10 guy in a lot of rankings, and most of his losses have been to some of the better talent at [bantamweight],” Tachi Palace Fights executive Jeremy Luchau said. “We felt like this is the best possible fight we could put together right now.”
Luchau said it’s been difficult to book big fights since many top flyweights are hesitant to suffer a loss right before the UFC plans to add its own 125-pound division.
McCall, a former WEC fighter, looks for his fifth straight win and his fourth straight in TPF. After scoring decision wins over Jussier da Silva and Dustin Ortiz to win the belt.
“Tachi Palace Fights 11: Redemption,” which takes place Dec. 2 at Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California.