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Champions Retain Titles at IFL New Jersey Show


Vladimir Matyushenko throws a left hand at Jamal Patterson. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - International Fight League titleholders Vladimir “?The Janitor?” Matyushenko, Wagnney Fabiano, and Jay ?“The Thorobred”? Hieron each retained their respective titles at the IFL event at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. in front of 5,131 spectators this evening.

Matyushenko weathered a strong first round by Jamal “?The Suit?” Patterson, then punished the challenger with a series of right hands before the bout was stopped with 30 seconds left in the second round.

Fabiano, known for his world-class Brazilian Jiu Jitsu expertise, stunned Shad Lierley with a solid punch just 37 seconds into the first round to record the KO.

Hieron dominated the entire round against Mark Miller, finishing the round with ground-and-pound until the referee stepped in for the TKO.

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Three Title Fights Headline IFL Tonight

The International Fight League will jump back into action with the first of two events in two months as the promotion travels to the Izod Center (formerly Continental Airlines Arena) in East Rutherford, New Jersey for their second show in 2008.

The card for the event might very well be the deepest lineup the organization has put together since it’s inception in January 2006. Matchmaker Kurt Otto has put together three championship fights as well as an undercard featuring the likes of Bart Palaszewski, Chris Horodecki, and UFC veterans Carmelo Marrero and Alex Schoenauer.

Tonight’s event will be televised live on HDNet beginning at 8:30 PM ET. Here’s a little preview of tonight’s bouts.

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IFL New Jersey Weigh-In Results


Vladimir Matyushenko and Jamal Patterson weigh-in for this weekend’s IFL event in New Jersey. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s International Fight League show in New Jersey are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

The event features a total of three championship fights. IFL light heavyweight champion Vladimir Matyushenko will make his first title defense against New Jersey native Jamal Patterson. Popular welterweight champion and Xtreme Couture product Jay Hieron will attempt to keep his belt around his waist when he goes up against former U.S. Marine Mark Miller.

Featherweight convert Shad Lierley will challenge Wagnney Fabiano for his title. Chris Horodecki, Bart Palaszewski, and Alex Schoenauer also return to action in separate bouts.

Championship Fights:

Vladimir Matyushenko (205 lbs) vs. Jamal Patterson (205)
Jay Hieron (170 lbs) vs. Mark Miller (170 lbs)
Wagnney Fabiano (145 lbs) vs. Shad Lierley (145 lbs)

Undercard Bouts:

Delson Heleno (170 lbs) vs. Brad Blackburn (171 lbs)
Jim Miller (155 lbs) vs. Bart Palaszewski (155 lbs)
Nate Lamotte (155 lbs) vs. Chris Horodecki (154 lbs)
Mike Ciesnolevicz (206 lbs) vs. Carmelo Marrero (205 lbs)
Emyr Bussade (170 lbs) vs. Jesse Lennox (170 lbs)
Rafael Dias (145 lbs) vs. L.C. Davis (145 lbs)
Alex Schoenauer (204 lbs) vs. Brendan Barrett (205 lbs)

IFL Announces Three Title Bouts for May


Roy Nelson. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

NEW YORK - Two IFL stars, Roy Nelson and Ryan Schultz will make their second respective title defenses and another, Ryan McGivern will make his first when the International Fight League returns to the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., with a minimum of nine bouts scheduled for Friday, May 16.

HDNet will have live television coverage of the event.

The night will also mark the IFL debuts for the Bomb Squad, a Northeast-based camp which will take on Mario Sperry’?s World Class Fight Center from Las Vegas, and for Team Prodigy, an Ohio-based camp which will battle Matt Lindland?‘s Team Quest of Portland, Ore.

In the title bouts, Nelson will defend his heavyweight belt against UFC veteran Branden Lee Hinkle. Nelson won the title in December at Mohegan Sun with a knockout of Antoine Jaoude, then defended with a decisive first-round TKO over Fabiano Scherner in Las Vegas in February.

Schultz will battle Deividas Taurosevicius for the lightweight crown. Schultz also won his title in his last visit to Mohegan Sun in December, bouncing Chris Horodecki from the ranks of the unbeaten, then earned a decision win over John Gunderson in Las Vegas in February to defend.

McGivern, one of the most improved fighters in the IFL, took the middleweight belt from Matt Horwich in February and has won three of his past four bouts.

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CKA: Mar 28, 2008

Above Showtime Sports asks away with Frank Shamrock. A total of 42 questions in all, rapid fire.

For those who don’t have Showtime and are still interested in seeing Shamrock vs Cung Le this Saturday night, Sho.com will be streaming the fight live at approximately 10:15 PM ET using the Showtime Cage Cam.

Diaz, Cesar Gracie Plan Legal Action Against CSAC

One day after the California State Athletic Commission surprisingly ruled that Nick Diaz will not be permitted to fight at this weekend’s Elite Xtreme Combat and Strikeforce co-promoted “Shamrock vs Cung Le” show, because he owns a medical marijuana card, Diaz and manager Cesar Gracie are now reportedly planning to take legal action.

Gracie told MMA Weekly that he plans to take the matter to court after CSAC Executive Director Armando Garcia stated that Diaz’s participation was denied because of late filing of medical papers.

“That’s absolutely not true,” Gracie said in the report. “Because if he didn’t turn his medicals in, how did Garcia know Nick has a mariijuana card? He found out when the medicals were turned in. For some reason, Armando’s finding every excuse in the book to not let this guy fight. That’s exactly why we’re going to move forward with legal action after this. We’re going to go ahead and get our lawyers and we’re going to sit down and go forward with the proceedings. This is just discrimination, you can’t do that.”

Spratt-Von Flue Signed for April 26

Pete Spratt and Jason Von Flue, both veterans of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, will collide in a welterweight bout that will headline the Ultimate Warrior Challenge’s upcoming show on April 26th at George Mason University’s Patriot Center in Washington D.C.

Spratt is coming off of a controversial loss to Ryan Ford in February while Von Flue has dropped his last three fights. Notable fighters also on the card include Thomas Schulte, Carlo Prater, Aaron Riley, Marcelo Brito, and Zach Light.

Two Lightweights Fights Added to Sengoku II

A pair of lightweights bout have been added to World Victory Road’s next Sengoku show on May 18th: Satoru Kitaoka vs Ian James Schaffa and Eiji Mitsuoka vs Kwang Hee Lee.

Roger Gracie, Yuki Sasaki, and Yoshihiro Nakao, who was originally reported as facing Mirko Cro Cop at the recent DREAM event, are all expected to be in action. Even though his name was not mentioned, former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman has stated that he will be fighting at the show as well.

Evangelista, Sims, and Lennox In; Black Out

MMA Mania is reporting that Marlon Sims and Billy Evangelista will clash in a lightweight preliminary bout at tomorrow’s Elite Xtreme Combat and Strikeforce co-promoted “Shamrock vs Cung Le” show. However neither Strikeforce, EliteXC, or ProElite have made any sort of announcement of the fight at this hour.

It seems that Jason Black will not be fighting in the IFL after all just yet. Five Ounces of Pain reports through Nick Lembo, legal counsel for the New Jersey Athletic Control Board, that Black will not be on the card for undisclosed reasons. He will reportedly be replaced by Jesse Lennox.

Schoenauer-Barrett Added to April IFL Show


Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

The International Fight League has announced that a light heavyweight bout between former “Ultimate Fighter” contestant Alex Schoenauer and local product Brendan Barrett will take place when the promotion travels to East Rutherford, New Jersey for their next event on April 4th.

The organization announced the news today via a press release sent out to the media.

Since joining the ranks of the IFL in the spring of 2006, Schoenauer has put up a record of 4-5. Currently fighting out of the Xtreme Couture gym in Las Vegas, Schoenauer has dropped his last two bouts, including a light heavyweight title fight against Vladimir Matyushenko, who was victorious by unanimous decision.

Barrett is a veteran of the Reality Fighting and Extreme Challenge promotions. He last competed against Tim Boetsch in July 2007, ultimately being submitted courtesy of a Boetsch guillotine choke.

Three title fights are scheduled to headline the event. IFL light heavyweight champion Vladimir Matyushenko will make his first title defense against New Jersey native Jamal Patterson.

Popular welterweight champion and Xtreme Couture product Jay Hieron will attempt to keep his belt around his waist when he goes up against former U.S. Marine Mark Miller.

Black, Miller to Serve as IFL Replacements


Jason Black weighs-in for UFC 77: Hostile Territory. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The International Fight League has announced changes to a pair of lightweight fights that will take place when the promotion travels to East Rutherford, New Jersey for their next event on April 4th.

The organization announced the news today on their official website.

Longtime veteran Jason Black will step in for Rory Markham against welterweight Emyr Bussade. Black’s addition to the card likely unofficially confirms his release from the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where Black has lost his last two fights.

Jim Miller will replace an injured Deividas Taurosevicius and take on Bart Palaszewski in a lightweight bout.

Miller, who has fought primarily on the East Coast and recently submitted UFC veteran Chris Ligouri earlier this month at a Ring of Combat show, was reported as being tapped as a replacement opponent against Marcus Aurelio at next week’s UFC Fight Night 13. However Miller’s contract with the IFL left him unable to fill in at the event.

Three title fights are scheduled to headline the event. IFL light heavyweight champion Vladimir Matyushenko will make his first title defense against New Jersey native Jamal Patterson.

Popular welterweight champion and Xtreme Couture product Jay Hieron will attempt to keep his belt around his waist when he goes up against former U.S. Marine Mark Miller.

IFL Fight Nights Begin on FSN in April

NEW YORK - The International Fight League and Fox Sports Net (FSN) announced today that the IFL?‘s weekly, one-hour ?Fight Night? show will begin its 2008 run on Saturday, April 19, at midnight local time.

The show, which will begin with the IFL World Grand Prix finals from December 29, will run in that time slot through mid-July, a slot which will give the IFL limited pre-emptions on the FSN regional network in a spot that is key for the demo that follows the sport.

?“We are very pleased to be able to continue to work so closely with FSN, especially in this very desirable and consistent Saturday night time slot”,? said IFL CEO Jay Larkin. “?The FSN weekly component is key to our TV strategy, and it has proven to draw an audience everywhere it has been placed. This Saturday midnight spot is a great piece for us to build around and promote towards, since we will rarely be up against other sports programming.?”

?“The IFL has been a great compliment to FSN programming, and there?s certainly an audience for it. For two seasons it has delivered solid ratings and exciting, quality fights. We expect Season 3 will deliver as well”,? said George Greenberg, FSN Executive Vice President of Programming and Production.

In addition to the weekly ?IFL Fight Night,? on FSN, the first three IFL events of the year are being shown live on HDNet in the United States and Fox Sports Net Canada, as well as in over 70 other countries and five continents around the world, ranging from HBO Latin America to Star TV in Asia and Middle Eastern Broadcasting and the Armed Forces Network. IFL programming is already among the most viewed MMA programming worldwide, despite being in existence only two years.

IFL Announces Additional Fights for April Card


Chris Horodecki and Shad Lierley weigh-in for an IFL event in June 2007. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

NEW YORK - Brad Blackburn is among four athletes who have been added to the card when the International Fight League returns to the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J., on Friday, April 4.

The IFL veteran will take on Delson Heleno in a welterweight clash, one of nine mixed martial arts bouts on the slate.

The IFL has also announced the addition of three other pros to complete the lineup, including featherweight Rafael Dias and light heavyweight Carmelo Marrero, who will represent American Top Team in its first IFL action, as they take on Miletich Fighting Systems?’ L.C. Davis and Mike Ciesnolevicz, respectively.

Also added to card is Nate Lamotte, who will take on 20-year-old phenom Chris Horodecki in a lightweight bout.

The charismatic Blackburn has three wins in five IFL decisions, including a victory over Hieron last June. His only bout since then was a ?no contest? against Travis Cox in Florida last September. Dias won his IFL debut on Feb. 29, submitting Santino DeFranco in the first round. Marrero and Lamotte will be making their first IFL appearances in New Jersey.

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Horodecki Returns Against Lamotte in April


Chris Horodecki and Shad Lierley weigh-in for an IFL event in June 2007. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

Former lightweight title contender Chris Horodecki will attempt to get back on track against Reality Fighting veteran Nate Lamotte when the International Fight League travels to East Rutherford, New Jersey for their next event on April 4th.

The organization officially announced the bout over the weekend.

Three title fights are scheduled to headline the card. IFL light heavyweight champion Vladimir Matyushenko will make his first title defense against New Jersey native Jamal Patterson. Popular welterweight champion and Xtreme Couture product Jay Hieron will attempt to keep his belt around his waist when he goes up against former U.S. Marine Mark Miller.

Upstart Shad Lierley, who made headlines after going toe-to-toe with Horodecki last year, will drop down to the featherweight division in exchange for a shot against current title holder Wagnney Fabiano, who submitted L.C. Davis this past December to grab the vacant belt.

Horodecki suffered his first career loss when he was stopped by current IFL lightweight champion Ryan Schultz in December. Prior to the loss, Horodecki, who currently trains at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, had won seven straight fights in the IFL.

Lamotte is currently riding a three-fight winning streak. His last victory was a submission win over Stephan Stengal at World Championship Fighting’s latest event last month.

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