Jim Miller landing a punch on Bart Palaszewski. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
The International Fight League returned to the Izod Center in New Jersey tonight, presenting what may very well have been the deepest fight card in the promotion’s history. It turned out to be very exciting night of fights that included some massive knockouts along with a vicious submission toward the end of the night.
With the IFL just opening up the lower level of the Izod Center while curtaining the upper, it looked like a great venue. It was set up a bit differently than the last time the IFL was in town for the League semi-finals last August. And while the crowd ended up filling 2/3 of the bottom bowl, it was a good deal less than last year’s. The theme of the night within the crowd seemed to be cheering for the underdog, as each had some very vocal supporters in the crowd. To my happiness, I had the pleasure of sitting next to some extremely knowledgeable fans who really knew and appreciated the sport. Thankfully, I didn’t have to sit next to the guy 3 sections over screaming “use the elbows!”, something that is illegal in the IFL. I’d like to thank Drew and friends for their conversation and knowledge of the sport. On to the action!
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.