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PFC released card for May event

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Palace Fighting Championship on Monday released the full fight card for its May 8 event at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif.

Former WEC light heavyweight champion Doug Marshall headlines PFC 13 in a middleweight contest against Jaime Jara. The event also features four championship bouts, including three for vacant belts.

A longtime supporter of women's MMA, PFC 13 also features about between Erin Toughill and Emily Thompson.

Also of note is the return of Cole Escovedo, who hasn't competed in nearly three years. Escovedo contracted a staph infection in December of 2006 that went unchecked because he just thought it was a spider bite or something of that sort. By the time he was diagnosed in January 2007 with staph, the infection made its way into his spine and paralyzed him from the waist down. He has since recovered and May 8 will be his first fight back since the ordeal occurred.

PFC Main EventMiddleweights Doug Marshall (9-3) vs. Jaime Jara (21-6)

PFC Co-Main EventFeatherweight Elimination Bout Casey Olson (9-2) vs. Eddie Yagin (12-3-1) *Winner will face champion Atlanta, Ga.'s Diego Saraiva (13-8-1)

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Middleweight titleLeopoldo Serao (15-7) vs. Phil Collins (7-4) *Vacant title fight

Welterweight titleOlaf Alfonso (8-10) vs. Kyle Pimentel (6-0) *Alfonso is making his first title defense

Lightweight titleDominique Robinson (14-2-1) vs. Carlo Prater (23-6-1) *Vacant title fight

Flyweight titleAnthony Perales (3-0) vs. Pat Runez (5-0) *Vacant title fight

LightweightsDarren Crisp (6-3) vs. Gabe Ruediger (11-5)Bryan Travers (11-1) vs. John Gunderson (18-6)Marcelo Guidici (8-1) vs. John Reedy (6-3)Scott McAfee (7-1) vs. Bill Theofonopolus (3-1)

Bantamweights Cole Escovedo (11-4) vs. Michael McDonald (7-0)

Women's Featherweights Erin Toughill (9-2-1) vs. Emily Thompson (4-0)

(Fight card courtesy of Palace Fighting Championship, subject to change.)