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Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino to Launch New MMA Promotion

The Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino, the original home of the WEC, will continue running MMA shows under a new name after mutually splitting in May with promoter Christian Printup and his Palace Fighting Championships.

A press conference has been set for Wednesday afternoon to announce the new in-house promotion and early details of the first event and fighters under contract will also be revealed for the casino in Lemoore, Calif.

MMA has been a mainstay at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino since the venue began hosting WEC events in 2001 and would end up holding 22 out of the WEC's first 24 cards until 2006 when the promotion was sold to Zuffa and moved to Las Vegas.

Printup remained with the casino and organized the Palace Fighting Championships in January 2007 to continue running MMA shows at the venue and to keep the local fighters active who weren't picked up by the WEC under Zuffa.

Printup ended his relationship with the casino in May after nine years of service and left with the Palace Fighting Championships name. The final PFC at the casino was PFC 13 in May and plans were scrapped for two PFC events in September and December. A MMA-boxing hybrid card "Best of Both Worlds" was held in July under the banner of Tachi Palace Fights.

Meanwhile, Palace Fighting Championship will continue its operations with MMA and kickboxing shows later this month in Hanford and Fresno, Calif.

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