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IFL Show Grows; EliteXC Signs NFL Player


(Alex Schoenauer, in his sleek IFL tank, joins the April 4th event.)

A signing and a fight addition today for two organizations. Check it out:

— The EliteXC is going the way of the UFC…by signing a former NFL cast-off. ProElite has the dish from Mike Camp, manager of former baller Bobby Jones. No not that Bobby Jones. The difference between Bobby Jones and other NFLers like Brock Lesnar, Johnnie Morton, and Bob Sapp is — he’s undefeated (2-0). Oh, and he doesn’t have a penis on his chest.

B.J. won his first fight on August 24th of last year and his second was in January — both via TKO. Jones played in eleven games with the Giants during the ’02 NFL season, then bolted (aka, was released) for the mighty Arena Football League. And now he’s on to MMA. Why, you ask?

He ultimately decided to test his competitive fire by transitioning into mixed martial arts after being exposed to the sport through competitive grappling and televised MMA events.

“Somebody introduced me to submission wrestling, grappling, and I got into that and I loved it, and did very well there,” Jones was quoted as saying in an ESPN.com article last year. “I wanted to do something more and I watched MMA on TV all the time, UFC and Pride, and I fell in love with it.”

Reminds me of the time when I grew a mustache after watching a rerun of “Magnum, P.I.” It’s coming in nicely.

The IFL has added a fight to its April 4th Jersey card. Alex Schoenauer will face Jersey boy Brendan Barrett, increasing the fight card to ten bouts on a night that will see title defenses by Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko, Jay “The Thorobred” Hieron, and Wagnney Fabiano. Matyushenko will defend against Jamal Patterson in a light heavy bout, Hieron against Mark Miller for the 170 belt, and Fabiano steps in with Shad Lierley at 145 lbs. The IFL also named two replacements for the show — Jason Black, reppin’ Miletich Fighting Systems, and Jim Miller of Renzo Gracie Academy.

From the IFL’s press release:

Schoenauer, who has nine IFL bouts among his 21 career MMA fights, last fought for the IFL title at 205 lbs. in November, losing a decision to Vladimir Matyushenko. Barrett has a 3-2 record, with two of the wins coming by knockout.

Black is 23-4-1 and is highly regarded among MMA fans, gaining additional attention by competing in two UFC bouts last year. He will fight in place of Rory Markham, who is recovering from a respiratory illness, against Emyr Bussade (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) of American Top Team at welterweight. Miller, who owns an impressive 10-1 record, will take on Bart Palaszewski (Wonder Lake, Ill.) of Midwest Combat in a lightweight matchup, in place of Deividas Taurosevicius, who has a hand injury.

Also of note: Chris Horodecki gets back in it when he faces Nate Lamotte. Tickets are available at the IZOD Center Box Office (Meadowlands), or via TicketMaster and (201) 507-8900. If you’re going to the Meadowlands, I was there a few months ago and can tell you which hotel in the area not to stay at.

As it stands for the April 4th show:

Non-Title:
155 lbs.: Chris Horodecki (7-1 IFL, 11-1 overall) vs. Nate Lamotte (0-0, 6-2)
205 lbs.: Alex Schoenauer (4-5, 12-9) vs. Brendan Barrett (0-0, 3-2)

Team Battles:
American Top Team vs. Miletich Fighting Systems
145 lbs.: Rafael Dias (1-0, 10-3-1) vs. LC Davis (2-0, 9-1)
170 lbs.: Emyr Bussade (0-0, 10-5) vs. Jason Black (0-0, 23-4-1)
205 lbs.: Carmelo Marrero (0-0, 7-2) vs. Mike Ciesnolevicz (5-3, 13-3)

Midwest Combat vs. Renzo Gracie Academy
155 lbs.: Bart Palaszewski (8-3, 29-10) vs. Jim Miller (0-0, 10-1)
170 lbs.: Brad Blackburn (3-2, 11-9-1) vs. Delson Heleno (6-3, 13-4)
*205 lbs.: Vladimir Matyushenko (5-0, 20-3) vs. Jamal Patterson (4-1, 4-1)
*Championship Bout

Other Championship Bouts:
170 lbs.: Jay Hieron (6-2, 14-4) vs. Mark Miller (2-1, 8-2)
145 lbs.: Wagnney Fabiano (5-0, 9-1) vs. Shad Lierley (2-1, 2-1)

— Also in the IFL world, the organization recently announced that their weekly Fox Sports Net “Fight Night” show will start on Saturday, April 19th. It will kick-off at midnight (local time) and will run in that slot until mid-July. This will be the third season of the replay series. The IFL will continue airing on HDNet for their live events, but for you insomniac stoners who can’t remember watching the live events, “Fight Night” is here to save you.

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