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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?


IFL Weigh-Ins; WEC Piss-Outs

(Mark Miller (L) will attempt to knock Jay Hieron’s shades off.)

Quiet out on the MMA plains this evening, but here are a couple of news pieces to check out:

— The official weigh-in for tomorrow night’s IFL show in Jersey came and went today, and all went smooth. The show kicks off at 7:30 pm (ET) and goes live on HDNet at 8:30 pm (ET).

Here are the weigh-in results:

Title Fights
Jay Hieron (170) vs. Mark Miller (170.4)
Wagnney Fabiano (145.4) vs. Shad Lierley (145.8)
Vladimir Matyushenko (205.4) vs. Jamal Patterson (205.6)

Non-Title and Team Fights
Delson Heleno (170.8) vs. Brad Blackburn (171)
Jim Miller (155) vs. Bart Palaszewski (155.5)
Nate Lamotte (155.8) vs. Chris Horodecki (154.6)
Mike Ciesnolevicz (206) vs. Carmelo Marrero (205.8)
Emyr Bussade (170) vs. Jesse Lennox (170)
Rafael Dias (145.6) vs. L.C. Davis (145.6)
Alex Schoenauer (204) vs. Brendan Barrett (205.5)

We would post video of the weigh-ins, but it was just too intense for a Thursday.

— Keith Kizer and his NSAC boys weren’t able to bust any of the fighters from WEC 33. Fighters were tested for the normal perf-enhancing drugs and those of abuse. Brian Stann, Doug Marshall, Logan Clark, Alex Serdyukov, Richard Crunkilton, Chael Sonnen, Bryan Baker, Steve Cantwell, and Marcus Hicks were given a pass for their piss. Kizer said that the state of Nevada has had “no positive tests yet this year, although we have tested way more fighters in January through March 2008 than in any other January through March period of years past.” Brag, much?

We would post video of the piss — and other — tests, but it’s too early on a Thursday for that sort of thing.


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 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.


Holy Crap! Horodecki Brutalized by Schultz!


It’s 3 a.m. in Connecticut, and by now many of you know that Chris Horodecki, the IFL’s undefeated wunderkind, had his ass handed to him tonight by Ryan “The Lion” Schultz. It wasn’t even close — Schultz immediately took Horodecki to the ground at the start of round one, and overwhelmed the Polish Hammer with some supremely savage GnP. And just like that, Schultz is the IFL’s new lightweight champ, and Horodecki’s flawless domination of the division is all for naught. Quick results from the night:

(Middleweights) Marcello Salazar def. Alex Cook via unanimous decision
(Welterweights) Brett Cooper def. Rory Markham via TKO, 1:15 into 2nd round
(Middleweights) Tim Kennedy def. Elias Rivera via KO, 2:00 into 1st round

(Heavyweights, untelevised) Roy Nelson def. Antoine Jaoude via TKO, 0:20 into 2nd round
(Featherweights) Wagnney Fabiano def. L.C. Davis via armbar submission, 3:38 into 1st round
(Welterweights) Jay Hieron def. Delson Heleno via TKO, 3:59 into 1st round
(Middleweights) Matt Horwich def. Benji Radach via TKO, 1:58 into 2nd round
(Lightweights) Ryan Schultz def. Chris Horodecki via TKO, 2:51 into 1st round

Stay tuned for my full first-person recap of the night’s events. WAR LION!


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. (“I have no idea what I could have done to win a decision against Chris,” he said. “He looks like he was in a car wreck and I look fine.”)


Fight Card, 10/29-11/4

Everything you need to know to start planning your week…

Tuesday, 10/30
CBS, who just paid tribute to Randy Couture on Shark, will feature the man himself as a guest star on The Unit, another series I’ve never seen. The show airs at 9 p.m., and Couture will reprise his role as “Sgt. Strickland.” Also, UFC 71 and 72 are released on DVD.

Wednesday, 10/31
It’s Halloween, and I’m dressing as Mystery. On The Ultimate Fighter, a frustrated, whiny Matt Hughes berates his team and asks them to give him one good reason why he should stay on the show as their coach. I think he learned that technique from Vince Lombardi.

Friday, 11/2
Attention drunks! Atlanta honky-tonk Wild Bill’s is hosting Wild Bill’s Fight Night 12, featuring Rhomez Brower, Brent Weedman, and an appearance by Forrest Griffin. Biker attire is prohibited.

Saturday, 11/3
Undefeated 19-year-old phenom Chris Horodecki headlines the 2007 IFL World Grand Prix at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, IL, while the all-female MMA outfit Fatal Femmes Fighting comes to the Ontario Convention Center for “War of the Roses.”

Sunday, 11/4
Total Combat 24 goes down at Oceanside, CA’s Show Palace. Also, Stewie kills Lois on Family Guy.