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Horodecki Remains Undefeated with IFL World Grand Prix Split Decision

MMA wunderkind Chris Horodecki tacked another win onto his unbeaten record on Saturday with a split-decision over Bart Palaszewski at the IFL’s World Grand Prix. Horodecki came out strong in the first round, hammering Palaszewski with sharp combinations and briefly knocking him to the mat, but the second frame was all Palaszewski, who dominated his younger opponent with ground-and-pound and a guillotine choke attempt that Horodecki managed to slip out of. This was the decisive final round:

It was the second time the two lightweights faced off in the IFL, the second time that Horodecki walked away with a close decision, and the second time that Palaszewski wasn’t happy about the result. (β€œI have no idea what I could have done to win a decision against Chris,” he said. β€œHe looks like he was in a car wreck and I look fine.”)

In the light-heavyweight championship match, Vladimir Matyushenko handled Alex Schoenauer over three rounds for a far-less-contested unanimous decision. The other fights on Saturday went down thusly:

Wagnney Fabiano def. John Gunderson (2nd round submission)

Jay Hieron def. Donnie Liles (unan. decision)
Delson Heleno def. Gideon Ray (1st round submission)

Benji Radach def. Brent Beauparlant (1st round K.O.)
Matt Horwich def. Brian Foster (1st round submission)

Antoine Jaoude def. Shane Ott (1st round submission)
Roy Nelson def. Bryan Vetell (2nd round K.O.)

The night’s winners in the lightweight, welterweight, middleweight and heavyweight divisions will face each other at the “Battle for the Belts” on December 29 in Uncasville, Conn., which is supposed to be absolutely lovely that time of year.

UPDATE: The Fight Network reported that Donnie Liles, Delson Heleno, Gideon Ray and Matt Horwich all failed to make weight before the Grand Prix (blame the wings), but were cleared to compete. Heleno and Ray fought at a 175-pound catchweight, while Liles and Horwich’s opponents agreed to proceed with their fights; Liles was a full seven pounds over his weight limit. I think the IFL needs some Dana White-style tough love. It’s like, you either want to be a fuckin’ fighter or you don’t. If those fuckin’ hot wings are more important than competing in this fuckin’ fight, that’s fuckin’ fine, because we only want to see real fuckin’ fighters out in that [ring].

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