Archive | September, 2006

Gracie Chokes Miletich; Silverbacks and Dragons Win

25 Sep

by Josh Gross (joshg@sherdog.com) (2006-09-25)

MOLINE, Ill., Sept. 23 — It was because of his neck some four years ago that Pat Miletich (Pictures) had to walk away from the game he so dearly loves.

Tonight, in his return to competitive mixed martial arts fighting against Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend Renzo Gracie (Pictures), it was again his neck that would play a major role.

Fighting in front of a hometown crowd of 6,212 fans at The MARK of the Quad Cities, Miletich fell prey to most rudimentary of chokes at 3:37 of the opening round when Gracie, a master of such things, tightened his natural noose around the former 170-pound UFC champion’s once frail neck.

Representing their respective International Fight League squads, which earlier in the evening battled all the way to a fifth and deciding bout, both Miletich and Gracie had played significantly more important roles outside the ring in recent years.

With Gracie going 1-6 since 2000 and Miletich inactive following a TKO loss to Matt Lindland (Pictures) in 2002, neither had been mentioned anywhere near a Top-10 list for quite some time.

But for fans that filled the MARK on a night when they could have stayed home and watched Miletich’s charge Matt Hughes (Pictures) battle B.J. Penn (Pictures) on pay-per-view, as well as what seemed like a legion of Gracie followers clad in red, previous fight results meant little.

Despite his poor record since the turn of the Millennium, Gracie was active as recently as July of last year. His somewhat consistent fight schedule, relative to Miletich at least, seemed to pay dividends early.

Renzo jumped out of the gate lighter on his feet and quicker with his hands. Miletich, despite the best wishes of virtually every person in attendance, appeared sluggish and lacked the proper timing to mount an effective attack.

Two minutes into the bout, Gracie clasped his arms around Miletich’s neck and made the first of two attempts to finish the fight via guillotine choke.

“I didn’t have it on the first one, and I knew I didn’t have it,” Gracie said. “I was holding my fingers, but I squeezed just a little to build up his confidence. So right there I saw that he was cocky and sticking even more his neck out.”

Gracie maintained the position with his arms while briefly setting his feet back to the ground. But the BJJ icon was simply setting up Miletich and giving false hope to the crowd.

“When I started to make a better grip. I stood up like I wanted to drive him so he pushed even further in,” the 39-year-old Brazilian said. “I had a grip on my wrist and I jumped back in. On the beginning he acted like it wasn’t working but I knew it was on and I just kept it. He started panicking and making noises, and I knew it was over.”

Said Miletich about the submission: “To be honest with you, I felt great. I felt safe in there.

“I knew that I needed to hit the ground with him to get out of it. Problem was I didn’t trust my neck enough to do it, so I was a little worried at that time and I felt my neck getting weak.”

Apparently he wasn’t the only man in the ring with injury concerns, as Gracie said two weeks out from the fight he hurt himself to the point that his hands were numb and he could not sleep properly.

Regardless, he had enough on this evening to catch Miletich, who many moons ago attended a seminar hosted by Gracie in hopes familiarizing himself with the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

At the post-fight press conference Miletich said this was likely the last time he’d step into the ring to compete.

“I think I don’t want to push my luck with the neck,” he said. “With two daughters and coaching and things like that, it would be smart, probably wise to just coach.”

Meanwhile, the affable Gracie promised a return to the ring.

Silverbacks win in front of home crowd

Some may remember a questionable decision as the difference maker between the Gracie-led New York Pitbulls and Miletich’s Quad Cities Silverbacks. But most, including the highly partisan crowd, will recall Ben Rothwell (Pictures)’s first-round knockout of Bryan Vetell as the reason the Silverbacks remained unbeaten in IFL league competition.

Tied at two wins apiece heading into the fifth and deciding bout, “Big” Ben worked from the clinch with the stout Vetell before finally creating space. The six-foot-four heavyweight plastered Vetell with a right hook, dropping the Pitbulls powerhouse on the spot.

“I was just trying to commit on something I could counter him with,” Rothwell said.

Awaiting his fight backstage after the Pitbulls tied it at two, Rothwell knew all too well what he needed to do.

“The team came rushing back to me,” he said. “I was just like ‘Please don’t talk. I know.’”

Bart Palaszewski (Pictures) opened the night as he’d done in his previous IFL efforts: with victory. For Quad Cities the somewhat questionable split decision (30-28, 29-28, 28-29) over Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Marcio Feitosa (Pictures) put them ahead 1-0 — and at the end of the night it had the Pitbulls head coach talking.

Feitosa did well in rounds one and two, scoring takedowns and connecting with strikes from within the Miletich-trained lightweight’s guard.

“Bartimus” picked it up in the second, scoring with strikes before Feitosa feinted and followed with his only takedown of the period. But it was what he needed to seemingly take a two rounds to none advantage into the third.

Palaszewski turned it around in the final four minutes, battering the BJJ fighter from post to post during a beautiful series of strikes. The Brazilian had little response, yet a takedown in the fight’s closing seconds had his teammates jumping out of their seats.

“Last round in my eyes was a 10-8 round,” said Palaszewski. “The first one was kinda iffy and the middle round, the second round, even though I was on the bottom I was doing most of the damage. I think the fights are scored on damage. It’s not a takedown contest, or a jiu-jitsu contest or who’s got better technique. It’s on damage, you know. Who gets beat up more pretty much.”

By that measure, Palaszewski clearly won. Gracie, however, vehemently disagreed.

“I think the [judges] that gave against [Feitosa], they could not even vote for a wet t-shirt contest at Hooters bar, to be honest, because they did not see the same fight that I saw,” Gracie quipped.

Hard punching welterweight Rory Markham (Pictures) survived early submission troubles as Marcelo Azevedo (Pictures) forced the Silverback to defend his legs from the outset. But the various submission attacks never fazed Markham, who calmly rolled across the ring to work his way out of what appeared to be a deep Achilles lock.

Markham stood and for the first time connected with his fast hands, using an accurate jab-right combination to push Azevedo backwards. Markham landed again, this time with a vicious right straight that sent Azevedo to the canvas.

Rather surprisingly, the Silverback followed into Azevedo’s world, which at that moment was rather fuzzy. Markham continued with mean right hands until the referee stepped in to call it two seconds before the end of the opening period.

Ryan McGivern (Pictures) appeared to be on his way to victory in what could have been the decisive bout in the Silverbacks-Pitbulls tilt, but Fabio Leopoldo (Pictures) made the most of a mistake to finish by kneebar at 2:49 of the second period.

A solid first period for McGivern led into round two, where he upped the pace and scored on the feet and the floor. Attempting to take the Brazilian’s back, McGivern failed to get his hooks and Leopoldo rolled forward, putting himself in position to take the wrestler’s left leg. He did, extending it past parallel to induce the fight-finishing and momentarily match-saving tapout.

Andre Gusmao (Pictures) followed Leopoldo’s lead and made it two in a row for New York, as he dominated Mike Ciesnolevicz (Pictures) before stopping the Silverback light heavyweight at 1:01 of round two.

A solid opening four minutes led into the middle round, which saw Gusmao continue to push forward. The fight ended when Gusmao put Ciesnolevicz on the floor, where he straddled his foe and dropped heavy punches to force a referee stoppage.

Newton’s squad earns first victory

Rebounding from a 1-0 deficit, the Toronto Dragons won three fights in a row to capture its first IFL victory, defeating the San Jose Razorclaws 3-2.

Razorclaw lightweight Josh Odom (Pictures) put together a nice performance, taking over his fight with MMA rookie Rob Di Censo following a competitive first period. Though Odom was warned during round two for grabbing the ropes, it was also the frame in which he started to assert himself.

By the time action moved into the decisive round, Di Censo’s faced showed signs that he’d been in a fight. It was under that backdrop that Odom, with Frank Shamrock (Pictures) in his corner, poured it on Di Censo, scoring twice with kicks to the left side of the Canadian’s ribcage. One more strike to the head was enough, and Di Censo fell on the spot 1:47 into the final round.

Claude Patrick (Pictures) refused to let the Dragons go in the hole two fights to zero. The scrappy Dragons’ welterweight took control from the opening bell by simply being the more physical fighter.

Scoring with knees in the clinch, Patrick tossed Steinbeiss to the floor and landed various strikes before the end. On top in the half-guard, Patrick quickly transitioned to his back while attacking the neck, forcing a tapout from Steinbeiss.

Veteran middleweights Joe Doerksen (Pictures) and Brian Foster (Pictures) had the task of giving their teams, the Dragons and Razorclaws respectively, the lead after three team fights.

After some smart grappling to start, Foster made the most of a referee stand-up by plastering Doerksen with a right hand. The Canadian was hurt, and he moved on wobbly legs to a neutral corner.

The fight went to the ground and Foster continued to punish Doerksen with right hands to the head. Undaunted, the Canadian 185-pounder returned to his feet and connected with a left hook to the face.

Following a good exchange on the feet to begin the second, Doerksen took the first advantage thanks to a nifty sweep off an armbar from the guard, putting him in side-control. Doerksen adeptly moved to mount and eventually back-control, from where he secured the fight ending rear-naked choke at 3:40 of round two.

With a 2-1 lead moving into the fourth contest between the IFL’s newest teams, Razorclaws light heavyweight Raphael Davis (Pictures) was charged with keeping his team alive. However, he had little to offer Brent Beauparlant (Pictures), who pounded Davis for three rounds to take a sweeping unanimous decision.

A sloppy slugfest, both men appeared to throw strikes in slow motion. It was Beauparlant who scored the more decisive blows. A plodding right hook hit its mark in the third and Davis dropped to the canvas. To his credit, Davis would not concede to the Canadian, whose victory sealed the night for Toronto.

The remaining heavyweight contest, which was of no consequence in the team format, saw Travis Wiuff (Pictures), who fought and lost twice for Pat Miletich (Pictures)’s squad, earn his first IFL victory under Shamrock’s banner. The experienced Minnesotan took down and dominated Wojtek Kaszowski (Pictures) to earn a lopsided unanimous decision.

Alternate Bouts

Veteran middleweight Dennis Hallman (Pictures) was up two rounds to none as his bout with Jeff Quinlan headed into the third period. Yet like he’s done so often in recent years when bouts moved into their latter portions, Hallman refused to move forward.

Quinlan scored a combination that made Hallman, now a member of the Toronto Dragons, wince. Quinlan pressed forward and eventually connected punches and hammerfists to Hallman’s head and body after the two moved to the floor.

Hallman, who’d previously fought for Maurice Smith (Pictures)’s Tigersharks, managed to reverse to the mount position as the bout’s final seconds ticked down. Quinlan’s aggression in the third was not enough to give him the fight, however, as two judges saw it for Hallman (29-27 and 29-28) and a third had it even, 29-29.

Kicking off alternate action, Delson Heleno (Pictures), who returned to the IFL for the first time since being disqualified in April for kicking Hallman in the head while both fighters were on the floor, landed a crisp jumping knee that dropped Ben Uker (Pictures) along the ropes.

The powerful Brazilian followed Uker to the blue canvas and unloaded a series of mean right hands before referee Yves Lavigne jumped in to protect the stunned light heavyweight.

Fairtex Fighters At Lumpinee

20 Sep

by Muaythai Reporter, Thailand (2006-09-20)

It was an exciting fight to see between two popular Lumpinee fighters this September 19th between Manasak Nalupai and Kompayak Fairtex at 117 lbs division.Both are well known fighters with outstanding performances.Their names and reputations are well respected by the fans.  Both fighters have many dangerous weapons and were not afraid to trade it through out the fight.It was interesting to see that both fighters have similar style making the fight very close. The fight was fierce between two strong fighters but at the end, the judges gave it to Manasak, winning by points.  Other Fairtex fighters on the event did very well against their opponent.Kanongsuk Fairtex won his fight against Dorgmaipha Wor Sangprapai by TKO in round 3. Also, Werasaklak Fairtex wins by points against Mueangsong Sor Phumphanmoung.

Kanongsuk Fairtex was in a destructive mood, when he faced Dokmaipaa Wor Sangprapai, on the 19th of September at Lumpini stadium.

Kanongsuk wasted no time, going after Docmaipaa from the start and opening up with fast, power punches and solid low roundkicks. Docmaipaa just tried to weather the storm and tried to keep Kanongsuk at bay with hard left roundkicks.

Kanongsuk kept up the pressure in round two and the lowkicks looked to be taken their toll on Docmaipaa, who struggled to keep Kanongsuk from overpowering him.

Kanongsuk kept pushing forward in the third and with Docmaipaa, backed into a corner Kanongsuk threw a heavy, left roundkick, which saw his shin connect squarely on the jaw of Docmaipaa. Docmaipaa dropped to the canvas and the Referee stepped in to give him a count, but soon saw Docmaipaa was not going to get up and signaled Kanongsuk as the winner, by K.O.

Fairtex Fight Night at Lumpinee Stadium

20 Sep

by Muaythai Reporter, Thailand (2006-09-20)

It was an exciting fight to see between two popular Lumpinee fighters this September 19th between Manasak Nalupai and Kompayak Fairtex at 117 lbs division.Both are well known fighters with outstanding performances.Their names and reputations are well respected by the fans.

Both fighters have many dangerous weapons and were not afraid to trade it through out the fight.It was interesting to see that both fighters have similar style making the fight very close. The fight was fierce between two strong fighters but at the end, the judges gave it to Manasak, winning by points.

Other Fairtex fighters on the event did very well against their opponent.Kanongsuk Fairtex won his fight against Dorgmaipha Wor Sangprapai by TKO in round 3. Also, Werasaklak Fairtex wins by points against Mueangsong Sor Phumphanmoung.

Godzilla Attacks The Pond on September 23rd

17 Sep

by Thomas Gerbasi for UFC.com (2006-09-17)

You could say Gabe Ruediger was working against a stacked deck from the start. Entering the world of professional fighting in October of 2002 at the age of 25, the native of Topanga Canyon, California, got a rude welcome in his first bout, getting stopped by Sam Wells.
All of a sudden, the dreams of soaring through the MMA world unbeaten and retiring at the top with some gaudy and unblemished record had disappeared, and for each subsequent fight, the aspiring mixed martial artist had to get over the stigma of being the 0-1 guy.
“To be honest, it took a lot of fights for people to realize that I had a skill set,” said Ruediger, who is 10-1 since that opening loss, and who is making his UFC debut on September 23rd against Melvin Guillard at UFC 63. “In the fight game, you’re only as good as your last fight, and a loss can hurt you. But for me, that loss taught me so much and I feel fortunate. I obviously didn’t want to lose, but it taught me about preparation and proper training techniques, about having a good corner, and there’s a whole aspect that came from losing that fight. I don’t want to say that losing is beneficial, but I would hope that people who do lose take it as part of the learning curve.”
After that fight, without the pressure of protecting an unbeaten record, Ruediger was allowed to learn the game at his own pace, while at the same time fighting tougher and tougher foes on the way up the ranks. And for him, that’s what the appeal of mixed martial arts always was – to have the opportunity to be tested, both in the gym and the ring.
“I had done traditional martial arts and really enjoyed it and then I started doing Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai and really liked that raw aspect to it,” said Ruediger, who started training seriously nine years ago. “It might sound cliché, but I’m really passionate about it. It’s become such a huge part of my life that I don’t feel normal when I’m not training and I don’t feel right when I don’t get that chance to test myself. Fighting just came from training full-time. I went once to test myself and I lost and it made me want to test myself even more and it just became a growing process. And I’m at a point now as far as my fight career is concerned that I just want to see how far I can go. I don’t need an ego boost, accolades, or people telling me how good I am. For me, it’s just the chance to test myself and do what I’m passionate about.”
In October of 2004, Ruediger got his biggest test to date in quirky, but always entertaining, Olaf Alonso in a bout for the WEC lightweight title. He passed, putting Alonso to sleep with a rear naked choke in the first round to earn his first championship belt.
Three successive wins followed, including the most important one in October of 2005 when he decisioned Wells, the first man to beat him. The scene was set for a worldwide coming out party for Ruediger, but then he ran into veteran contender Hermes Franca in March of this year.
On the attack from the start, Franca came out throwing right hand bombs, one of which crashed into Ruediger’s head. ‘Godzilla’ hit the deck and Franca pounced. Moments later the bout was halted, maybe a tad prematurely. All it took was 36 seconds. Ruediger was disappointed, but having already been through the pain of defeat, he’s able to look at the loss philosophically and not let it affect his future journey in MMA.
“Nobody’s unstoppable and nobody likes losing, and especially in that manner,” said Ruediger. “Do I think the stoppage was a little premature? Absolutely, but at the same time you just take it in stride and what I realized from that fight is that I had things I needed to work on. If I would have fought to the best of my ability, that wouldn’t have been an issue, so I take it in stride. I’ve lost twice now, and both my losses have been the biggest learning experiences for me. I would love to fight Hermes again, he’s a great competitor, but I take it in stride.”
With Ruediger and Franca both in the UFC, a rematch could be a possibility down the line, but first, the jiu-jitsu brown belt has to get by Guillard, which is no easy task.
“He’s obviously a very athletically gifted kid,” said Ruediger of ‘The Young Assassin’. “He’s got a wealth of experience for the time that he’s been fighting and I wouldn’t necessarily say that he’s fought a lot of top level competition in his career, but he’s tough as nails. I think his biggest issue is that he’s not polished. He has a lot of technical holes in every aspect of his game. In his striking he hits hard, but it’s not very clean or polished. Even his wrestling isn’t polished and his ground technique is where he’s most vulnerable because that’s where he loses most of his fights. I think that he’s going to be very well-prepared and I hope that he’s overconfident because that’s an added bonus for me. He is an athlete, and over time he’s going to progress very well, but I think I have the tools, as well as the mentality, to beat him.”
Comments like those have already become bulletin-board material for Guillard, but you get the impression that Ruediger wants his opponent to fight off emotion, perhaps leaving himself open to a fight ending submission.
“I like to push the pace, but at the same time I’m looking for any mistakes or errors that are made,” said Ruediger. “And when you’re not polished, you make errors, and I think that’s gonna be a benefit for me because that’s the way I fight – you make mistakes, I capitalize on them, and then I finish you. Obviously I can’t overlook his physicality, but I think all the other aspects are gonna come into play and that’s where I see the victory being.”
So from the sound of things, Ruediger isn’t too concerned about dealing with the pre-fight jitters many first time UFC fighters are forced to combat. In fact, for him, fighting in front of a packed house at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim will be just another day at the office.
“I’ve fought in some large promotions that have gotten national recognition, but the UFC, as far as the States are concerned, is the biggest promotion, and I don’t think I’ve ever fought in front of 16,000 people before,” he said. “It is business as usual because I’ve got a job to do and my job is to fight, but there’s added bonus of knowing that I have to come in as prepared as I’ve ever been. I know I have to present myself as the fighter that I am and that has given me a newfound pride in my training and all of my mental conditioning. It’s all just motivation for me. It’s my chance to really show that I deserve to be there against a good opponent, so for me, it’s motivation.”
After September 23rd, if Ruediger can get by Guillard, a wide open and talent-laden lightweight division awaits.
“There are a lot of fun and intriguing matchups, and I’m excited to be in the division,” he said. “I can’t even do an appropriate top ten because there are so many good guys. It’s a great time and I’m excited, but I’m taking it just one step at a time. I’ll deal with Melvin and then I’ll deal with whoever’s next.”
And while for those of us who aren’t fighters, the prospect of dealing with the likes of Pulver, Sherk, Florian, Edwards, Guillard, Fisher, Stout, Hominick, Stevenson, Franca and Gurgel on a fight to fight basis would be a daunting prospect, for guys like Gabe Ruediger, it’s what gets him out of bed in the morning to train every day.
“I would hope that if you want to fight, you’d want to test yourself and your abilities, and this is a great division in which to do so,” he said. “I would hope that you would never run from a weight category just because of competition.”

World Muaythai Council August 2006 Update

13 Sep

by WMC (2006-09-13)

August was another busy month for the World Muaythai Council, the authoritative sanctioning body for Muaythai under the directive of the Thai Government.

It has been 11 years since the WMC was established under resolution of the Royal Thai Government to foster and promote Muaythai around the world.

Now, in 2006 the WMC has 118 Member countries and is going from strength to strength.

Qualifying to fight for a WMC Championship Belt is demanding – for many boxers today, there is no doubt but that the WMC Belt is the Belt of Belts.

In August, we have seen 44 promotions around the world – the following titles were up for grabs.

Thailand.

Two World Title Fights were held at the famous Rajadamern Stadium.

The first was between WMC Welterweight Champion Bernung Sakhomsin (who has already had 3 successful defences) and Saiyoknoi Sakchainarong who has fought his way to number one challenger with some impressive victories. Saiyoknoi was crowned the new Champion in a thrilling battle.

The next Title fight was for the WMC Lightweight Title saw WMC World champion Nuapetch Sakhomsin take on the challenger Namphon P.K Stereo. This was a really exciting fight, with Namphon taking the title on points.

Russia

In one of the toughest fights of the month, a WMC Intercontinental Title at 63.5kgs fight went 5 thrilling rounds between Makeev Stanislav and Worapot Ngammungkun of Thailand. Makeev won a split points decision to take the title.

Thailand

an estimated 300,000 people witnessed the Songchai WMC Queen’s Cup event in Bangkok held in honour of Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday. This exciting 2-day festival show some great fights taking place in front of the palace.

Bruce Preacher McFie, Australia won the Intercontinental Title Belt over Farokh Jarrabashi of Iran in a short but exciting fight.

Corey Gwaliasi from New Zealand won the MAD Belt(Muaythai against Drugs) in a full-on war with Rafal Simonides from Poland. A thrilling match from 2 young men we will seeing more of in the future and had the audience on their feet.

Amongst the many women’s fights during the festival was an exciting MAD title fight between Natalie Fuz from France and Casey Kelly from Australia, a thrilling match which Casey took on points.

Hong Kong
In a great night of fights which saw Hong Kong facing off against Australia, Deng Siam from Thailand won a split points decision over Aaron Leigh Australia for the Asian Pacific Title.

French Caledonia

In a very closely-contested fight, Cedric Mueller from Francebeat Australian Champion Soren Mongkongtongfor the WMC Super Welterweight Intercontinental Title

England

Advertised as the Night of Legend, some of England’s best came into the ring against Thailand. Kieran Keddle battled against Withayanoi Sitkuanim and fought to a draw for the MAD title belt.

An exciting female bout for the WMC European title was also on the card between Becca Donnelly from England and Kim Van Der Stam from Holland, a fight which the Dutch fighter took on points.

China

A special friendship event was held between the WMC ,IFMA and the Chinese Wushu Association in China to celebrate Muaythai’s inclusion in GAISF. ( Wushu being already a member)

New Zealand

Amy Gross won the Oceania Female Title on a split decision in a great fight with Renei Beven.

Details of all these fights can be found at http://www.wmcmuaythai.org.

Please stay tuned for updates on world class events for September 2006!

IFL World Team Championship, Portland: Anacondas, Wolfpack Advance, Lindland Tops Horn

13 Sep

by IFL.tv (2006-09-13)

PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 9, 2006 – The Anacondas, based in Los Angeles, and Wolfpack, based in Portland, claimed victories in the 2006 International Fight League World Championship quarterfinals in front of 5,349 at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Ore., tonight.Local hero and Olympic Silver Medalist Matt Lindland (Eagle Creek, Ore.) scored a second-round TKO over Jeremy Horn (Salt Lake City, Utah) in the highly-anticipated Superfight which followed the team competition.The Anacondas earned a 5-0 sweep over the Sabres, who train in Tokyo, while the host Wolfpack took out the Seattle-based Tiger Sharks, 3-2.

In the first matchup, the Anacondas, coached by Bas Rutten, swept past the Sabres, 5-0.Chris Horodecki (London, Ontario) battled past Ed West (Tucson, Ariz.) to get the Anacondas off to a good start, taking a unanimous decision at the lightweight spot.Jay Hieron (Las Vegas) wasted no time in winning his welterweight battle, delivering a crippling knockdown in the opening seconds and executing a guillotine choke which caused Amos Sotelo (Tucson, Ariz.) to submit at 0:26.Mike Pyle (Dresden, Tenn.) made even faster work of John Cole (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), taking just 0:17 to earn the submission by guillotine choke and secure the victory for the Anacondas.Not to be outdone, Alex Schoenauer (Las Vegas) also registered a tap-out over Kazuhiro Hamanaka (Tokyo) just over a minute into the first round.In an exciting finish to the match, Krzysztof Soszynski (Winnipeg, Manitoba) battled back after sustaining a cut above his right eye, catching Tom Howard (Tucson, Ariz.) with an uppercut that led to a stop by the referee late in Round 1.

“Everybody’s learning from each other,” said Rutten in assessing his team’s progress.“That’s what you get when you train as a team.”

Bragging rights for the Pacific Northwest were at stake in the second match, and the homestanding Wolfpack came out on top.Ryan Schultz (Gresham, Ore.) and Cam Ward (Beaverton, Ore.) battled in another much-anticipated matchup to open the Wolfpack – Tiger Sharks clash.They didn’t disappoint, engaging in a spirited battle which ended when Schultz delivered a flurry of punches which stunned Ward, who could not recover before the referee called the fight.Brad Blackburn (Olympia, Wash.) and Chris Wilson (Portland, Ore.) continued the trend with a highly entertaining welterweight bout, with Blackburn earning a unanimous decision to pull the Tiger Sharks even.Middleweight Matt Horwich (Gresham, Ore.) gained a unanimous decision over Bristol Marunde (Sequim, Wash.) to put the Wolfpack back ahead, 2-1, before Aaron Stark (Portland, Ore.) secured the third point with a third-round TKO over Reese Andy (Billings, Mont.).Heavyweight Allan Goes (Rio de Janeiro) submitted Devin Cole (Medford, Ore.) to pull the Tiger Sharks within the final 3-2 margin.

In the Superfight, Lindland opened the second round by landing a left which dropped Horn to the ground.Lindland then landed several unanswered punches before the referee stepped in and stopped the bout.

“I like being the main event,” said Lindland.“I love being part of the IFL.“Team fighting – the IFL – is the best thing going right now.These guys did a great job tonight.”

The Anacondas and Wolfpack now advance to the semifinal round of the IFL World Team Championship; the date and location of the event will be announced later this month.

In the preliminary bouts between the teams’ alternates, Shane Johnson of the Sabres defeated Bobby Johnson of the Anacondas with a third-round TKO, and the Wolfpack’s Brian Foster stopped Dustin Denes of the Tiger Sharks by TKO in the second round.

About the International Fight League™
Founded in 2006 by Kurt Otto, a highly successful real estate investor and a life-long martial arts participant and Gareb Shamus, chairman of the comics empire Wizard Entertainment Group, the International Fight League™ (IFL) and Pure Sport™ were created to establish a centralized and structured organization that brings the power and influence of the mixed martial arts industry together. For more information and action, go to http://www.IFL.tv.

Event Results

Alternate Bouts:

Shane Johnson (SA) def. Bobby Johnson (AN) by TKO, 2:37 in Round 3 (ref stoppage).

Brian Foster (WP) def. Dustin Denes (TS) by TKO, 3:30 in Round 2 (ref stoppage).

Anacondas (Los Angeles) def. Sabres (Tokyo), 5-0

LW/155: Chris Horodecki (AN) def. Ed West (SA) by unanimous decision after 3 rounds

WW/170: Jay Hieron (AN) def. Amos Sotelo (SA) by submission (guillotine choke), 0:26 in Round 1

MW/185: Mike Pyle (AN) def. John Cole (SA) by submission (guillotine choke), 0:17 in Round 1

LH/205: Alex Schoenauer (AN) def. Kazuhiro Hamanaka (SA) by submission (guillotine choke), 1:04 in Round 1

HW/265: Krzysztof Soszynski (AN) def. Tom Howard (SA) by TKO, 3:47 in Round 1 (ref stoppage)

Wolfpack (Portland) vs. Tiger Sharks (Seattle), 3-2

LW/155: Ryan Schultz (WP) def. Cam Ward (TS) by TKO, 2:38 in Round 2 (ref stoppage)

WW/170: Brad Blackburn (TS) def. Chris Wilson (WP) by unanimous decision after 3 rounds

MW/185: Matt Horwich (WP) def. Bristol Marunde (TS) by unanimous decision after 3 rounds

LH/205: Aaron Stark (WP) def. Reese Andy (TS) by TKO, 2:00 in Round 3 (ref stoppage)

HW/265: Allan Goes (TS) def. Devin Cole (WP) by submission, 3: in Round 1 (guillotine choke)

Superfight
MW/185: Matt Lindland def. Jeremy Horn by TKO, 0:21 in Round 2 (ref stoppage)

Bonus Awards for the Night

1st Bracket: Anacondas vs. Sabres
Submission of the night (1): Mike Pyle, Anacondas

Submission of the night (2): Jay Hieron, Anacondas

Most exciting fight: Chris Horodecki, Anacondas, vs. Ed West, Sabres

2nd Bracket: Tiger Sharks vs. Wolfpack

“Heart of the Lion” award: Matt Horwich, Wolfpack
Submission of the night: Allan Goes, Tiger Sharks
Most exciting fight: Brad Blackburn vs. Chris Wilson

Shields & Faber Win In The City By The Bay

11 Sep

by Scott Bowler for Sherdog.com (2006-09-11)

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 9 — Hometown boy Jake Shields made a crowd of 6,800 at the Cow Palace proud with a dominating performance over Steve Berger Saturday night.

From the moment the welterweights hit the ground early in the opening stanza, Shields was on Berger like an anaconda — it was obvious that a very skilled fighter had ran into a buzz saw.

Berger, bewildered and confused by the relentless attack, had no chance to mount an offensive of his own. Shortly after the bell for round two sounded Shields slammed Berger and began a ground-and-pound display that forced the referee to call a halt to the contest at the 1:36 mark.

Sacramento’s own Urijah Faber (Pictures) found himself in a tougher fight than many expected against Enoch Wilson (Pictures). Although Faber was never in any real danger, Wilson kept scrambling and made it hard for “The California Kid” to finish the standout Oregonian bantamweight.

Faber took Wilson’s back on several occasions, but was unable to finish. However, you could see Faber’s confidence build late in the first round and that continued until the referee stopped the bout due to strikes at 1:01 of the second round.

“Malice at the Palace” Full Results

Nick Theotikos def. Josh Hancock TKO 0:58 R1
Marco Falcon def. George Rodriguez submission (rear-naked choke) 0:41 R1

Alaneder Crispim def. Gigo Jara (Pictures) submission (rear-naked choke) 1:49 R1

Moses Baca def. Dave McMillian split decision 3R
Jason Pietz def. Vincent Perez submission (Kimura) 1:39 R1

Marlon Sims def. Sal Guillena TKO 0:28 R1

Brian Ebersole def. Shannon Ritch tapout 3:46 R1

Jeremiah Metcalf def. Jamie Hants TKO 0:59 R3

Nam Phan def. Aric Nelson TKO 4:11 R2

Urijah Faber def. Enoch Wilson TKO 1:01 R2

Jake Shields def. Steve BergerTKO 1:36 R2

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