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K.O. of the Weekend: Wagnney Fabiano vs. Shad Lierley

Wagnney Fabiano defended his featherweight belt in shocking fashion at Friday night’s IFL event, first blasting out Shad Lierley’s legs with a low kick, then knocking him into last week with an overhand right. The knockout was only his second KO in 11 pro fights; Fabiano won his last five via submission. Action starts at the vid’s 1:40 mark.

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Broken Hand Forces Another Switch at IFL GP

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Two days after the IFL announced that Shad Lierley broke his toe during practice and would be replaced at the IFL World Grand Prix by John Gunderson, we’re now getting word that John Gunderson has aggravated a hand injury in training, and will be replaced by Portland Wolfpack member Ryan “The Lion” Schultz. With a record of 17-9-1 (4-2 IFL), Schultz is just as credible an opponent for lightweight favorite Chris Horodecki as Gunderson was, but Horodecki beat Schultz via TKO when they fought last year, and their rematch will likely turn out the same way.

Can the IFL please just give Horodecki the title already? He’s clearly cast a Polish-voodoo curse on their lightweight division, bringing injury to those who would dare compete against him. And what’s going to happen when Schultz mysteriously blows out his knee? Do they just give the next mediocre fighter on the list a shot at the belt? I say bring in Hard Gay and be done with it. Word on the street is, he’s impervious to spells…

UPDATE: Ryan Schultz is the guy who gave Roger Huerta his only professional loss, way back in June 2004 at SuperBrawl 36. And because I didn’t mention it before, I’d just like to point out that this is actually the third time Chris Horodecki’s opponent for the IFL Grand Prix has been swapped; he was originally scheduled to fight Wagnney Fabiano, who dropped down in weight class when the IFL decided to offer a featherweight title.

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Gunderson to Replace Lierley at IFL Grand Prix

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(Shad Lierley falls against Chris Horodecki, 6/1/07)

So much for the “Fight of the Year” rematch. The IFL just sent out a bummer of a press release stating that lightweight contender Shad Lierley broke a toe during practice, and won’t be able to compete at the IFL’s World Grand Prix on December 29. Lierley was scheduled to face Chris Horodecki for the league’s lightweight title. Filling in for Lierley will be John “Guns” Gunderson, a member of Ken Shamrock’s Nevada Lions team who has gone 2-2 during his time with the IFL.

Ah well — Horodecki would have whipped his ass anyway. I’m going to find out who was responsible for breaking Lierley’s toe, so we can put him on CagePotato’s official “Do Not Train With!” list along with Matt Arroyo, Richie Hightower and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou.

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