Here are the results from the IFL World Team Championships.
- Erik Owings def. Ed West - Decision (Unanimous)
- Andre Gusmao def. Brent Beauparlant - Decision (Unanimous)
- Reese Andy def. Jamal Patterson - TKO (Punches)
- Mike Whitehead def. Krzysztof Soszynski - Decision (Unanimous)
- Mike Ciesnolevicz def. Aaron Stark - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
- Ben Rothwell def. Devin Cole - TKO (High Kick)
- Bart Palaszewski def. Ryan Schultz - KO (Punch)
- Ryan McGivern def. Matt Horwich - Decision (Unanimous)
- Chris Wilson def. Rory Markham - TKO (Strikes)
- Renzo Gracie def. Carlos Newton - Decision (Split)
The International Fight League has announced that former UFC welterweight champion Carlos Newton will face off against K-1 and PRIDE veteran Renzo Gracie at 2006 World Team Championship final. The event will be held at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, on Friday, December 29 at 7 p.m. The two fighters fought once in the past at PRIDE Bushido 1 in a fight that saw Carlos Newton earn the unanimous decision victory.
Newton recently made his return to MMA against Tokimitsu Ishizawa in K-1 after a two year layoff. Newton was successful in his return knocking his opponent out at 0:22 of the first round.
Gracie much like Newton recently returned to MMA after spending over a year on the sidelines. Gracie fought Pat Miletich at IFL-Gracie vs. Miletich and won via the guillotine choke at 3:37 of the first round.
In case anyone is wondering, BJ Penn is already on weight for his upcoming fight against Matt Hughes on September 23rd…
“I’m in good shape. I’m at 169 pounds right now,” said Penn regarding his conditioning.
Penn was on the radio this week discussing how the fight with Hughes came about, the injury to Georges St. Pierre, and possibly fighting Jens Pulver once again. He gave plenty of interesting answers to say the least.
When asked how the match came about, Penn said, “I heard that St. Pierre might be hurt. We told Joe Silva to let us know if St. Pierre is hurt just in case you need a replacement. He [Silva] called a couple days later and said it’s on.”
With the unexpected injury, St. Pierre’s loss became BJ’s gain. “George is a great guy, no disrespect to him,” said Penn. “He’s such a tough guy. He worked his way back to the title fight. It is sad that he didn’t get the title fight… I think he made the right choice. It’s good to be at your best to come in for a fight of that caliber.”
I’m guessing that he already knew he would be the one to get the call if Georges was really hurt, which he happened to be. I know that some have said that St. Pierre should have rested some more and given training shot but BJ is right about this - A fighter wants to be 100% for this kind of opportunity.
St. Pierre had a pretty tough road back to the title compared to some fighters that lost the first time around and only won 1 or 2 fights before they got another shot - Frank Trigg and Carlos Newton are perfect examples.
Penn was also asked if he would give St. Pierre a title shot if he was to win the title from Hughes at UFC 63. His answer: an emphatic yes…
So what about Jens Pulver?
When asked about possibly dropping down in weight to face Jens Pulver in a rematch (Pulver beat Penn in 2002) , BJ responded, “Of course. In a second… I’d do it in a second. I’ll do it anytime. Let’s do it. I’m ready to go.”
“I want to be known as a champion,” added Penn. “I don’t want to be known as a great fighter. I want to be known as the best.”
Very interesting. If BJ is victorious over Hughes, I wonder if he will go with his original plan to win the belts at welterweight, lightweight, and middleweight. That would be awesome to watch.
Former UFC welterweight champion Carlos Newton has been forced to pull out of this weekend’s K-1 Hero’s card because of a ligament tear in his right knee. He will be replaced by Crosley Gracie who will take on Melvin Manhoef.
The International Fight League is set to announce the addition of four new teams and coaches at a press conference this weekend. The new coaches are expected to be named as followed: