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IFL Recap: Champs Retain Their Belts


(“The Janitor” cleaned “The Suit” at the IFL’s Jersey joint.)

Three titles were on the line at last night’s IFL event in East Rutherford, New Jersey and Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko, Wagnney Fabiano, and Jay “The Thorobred” Hieron all successfully defended their titles in front of 5,131 fans at the Izod Center. Matyushenko seemed to be in for quite a fight when his opponent, local boy Jamal “The Suit” Patterson, had a strong showing in the opening frame. The second was a different story, however, and the champ ended the fight with a series of blows for a TKO win with 30 seconds left in the round to raise his record to 21-3.

In Fabiano’s fight, the champion KO’d Seattle fighter Shad Lierley just 37 ticks into the fight, which was somewhat unexpected due to Fabiano’s love for taking it to the ground early. The other championship fight also ended in the first, with Jay Hieron dominating Mark Miller. The fighter picked up a TKO after a vicious GnP of his Chicago challenger.

The camp match-ups pitted Miletich Fighting Systems versus American Top Team and Midwest Combat versus Renzo Gracie Academy. Featherweight LC Davis of KC, got a win for Miletich when he KO’d Rafael Dias in the Brazilian’s second fight for the IFL. The fight was an exciting one throughout and Davis just managed to get the KO with seconds left in the bout. ATT got a win when welterweight Emyr Bussade got a second-round kneebar sub over Jesse Lennox. The deciding fight ended up being a non-decisive one when it was ruled a no contest. It was a light heavy match-up featuring two Pennsylvania fighters, Carmelo Marrero and Mike Ciesnolevicz. The no contest came about when Marrero received a cut on his head from an inadvertent head-butt and the gushing wouldn’t stop. Where’s “Stitch” when you need him?

Matyushenko picked up a win for Midwest when he beat Patterson, and Brad Blackburn gave Midwest their other win of the night when he scored a come-from-behind KO in the third round of his welterweight fight against Delson Heleno. Renzo Gracie Academy got their lone win when New Jersey’s own Jim Miller won a unanimous decision over Bart Palaszewski in a back-and-forth lightweight battle.

In non-title/non-camp fights, light heavyweights Alex Schoenauer and Brendan Barrett fought to a split decision with Alex coming out ahead. The night’s other fight saw the return of Chris “The Polish Hammer” Horodecki, the once dominant 155-pounder who lost for the first time back in December when Ryan Schultz rocked him in the first round. Horodecki struggled and just squeaked out a unanimous decision over Nate Lamotte, a 6-3 fighter working the IFL for the first time.

The IFL’s next event will see three more title defenses and is set for May 16th.

Here are last night’s full results:

Non-Title Bouts
205 lbs: Alex Schoenauer over Brendan Barrett via decision (split)
155 lbs: Chris Horodecki over Nate Lamotte via decision (unanimous)

American Top Team vs. Miletich Fighting Systems
145 lbs: LC Davis over Rafael Dias via KO (strikes), 3:56, 3rd
170 lbs: Emyr Bussade over Jesse Lennox via kneebar, 1:25, 2nd
205 lbs: Mike Ciesnolevicz versus Carmelo Marrero ruled a no contest

Midwest Combat vs. Renzo Gracie Academy
155 lbs: Jim Miller over Bart Palaszewski via decision (unanimous)
170 lbs: Brad Blackburn over Delson Heleno via KO (strikes), 1:50, 3rd

Championship Bouts
205 lbs: Vladimir Matyushenko over Jamal Patterson via TKO (strikes), 3:35, 2nd
145 lbs: Wagnney Fabiano over Shad Lierley via KO (punch), 0:37, 1st
170 lbs: Jay Hieron over Mark Miller via TKO (strikes), 2:10, 1st

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