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Miletich Stops Denny in Return Bout at Adrenaline MMA II


Pat Miletich. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

Former UFC welterweight champion and Miletich Fighting Systems founder Pat Miletich was victorious in his first bout in over two years last night in Moline, Illinois as the MMA pioneer scored a first-round TKO of journeyman Thomas Denny in the main event of Monte Cox’s second Adrenaline MMA show.

During an early exchange, Miletich tagged Denny with a looping left hook that stunned him and then scored an easy takedown. Miletich spent the majority of the first round controlling Denny on the mat. Denny was able to get back to his feet on one occasion, but Miletich was quick to push him back down to the canvas.

The fight stayed standing in the second round, where Miletich blasted Denny with two consecutive right hands that sent the King of the Cage veteran crumbling to the ground. Miletich (29-7-2) pounced on Denny (26-18) and delivered a few more unanswered punches before referee Michael Reid stepped in to save Denny.

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Miletich’s Return Headlines Adrenaline MMA’s Latest Venture Tonight


Pat Miletich. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

Former UFC welterweight champion and longtime mixed martial arts trainer Pat Miletich will return to action after a two-year layoff to headline Monte Cox’s second Adrenaline MMA event tonight at the I-Wireless Center in Moline, Illinois against journeyman veteran Thomas Denny.

The event will be broadcast live on HDNet starting at 10 PM ET.

Miletich returned from a four-year retirement to take on Renzo Gracie at an International Fight League event in September 2006 but was submitted by Gracie in the first round. Miletich, who successfully defended his UFC welterweight belt four times, was forced to retire from active competition in 2002 due to lingering problems with his neck. Denny last competed at EliteXC’s “Unfinished Business” event on July 26, losing via second-round TKO to Nick Diaz.

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Miletich to Return Against Denny at Adrenaline MMA’s Second Show


Pat Miletich. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

Former UFC welterweight champion and longtime mixed martial arts trainer Pat Miletich will be returning to action after a two-year layoff to headline Monte Cox’s second Adrenaline MMA event on December 11 against journeyman veteran Thomas Denny.

Ron Kruck of HDNet’s Inside MMA revealed the exclusive news on the television program this past Friday night. The show is scheduled to take place at the I-Wireless Center in Moline, Illinois and is also expected to feature former IFL standouts Ben Rothwell and Ryan McGivern on the card.

Miletich returned from a four-year retirement to take on Renzo Gracie at an International Fight League event in September 2006 but was submitted by Gracie in the first round. Miletich, who successfully defended his UFC welterweight belt four times, was forced to retire from active competition in 2002 due to lingering problems with his neck. Denny last competed at EliteXC’s “Unfinished Business” event on July 26, losing via second-round TKO to Nick Diaz.

Nelson, Schultz, Miller Win at Mohegan

UNCASVILLE, CT – Heavyweight Roy Nelson (Las Vegas) and lightweight Ryan Schultz (North Platte, Neb.) defended their respective International Fight League titles while Dan Miller (Sparta, N.J.) scored a victory over defending middleweight champion Ryan McGivern (Bettendorf, Iowa) before 4,530 tonight at the Mohegan Sun Arena.  Nelson capped the evening with a victory over Brad Imes (Kansas City, Mo.), after Schultz defeated fellow lightweight Deividas Taurosevicius (Lithuania) to retain his belt.

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IFL Connecticut Weigh-In Results


Roy Nelson and Brad Imes weigh-in for their heavyweight title bout at tonight’s IFL event at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

The official weigh-in results for tonight’s International Fight League event at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut are below. All fighters successfully made weight on their first try with the exception of Josh Souder, who needed only a few minutes to cut his extra weight.

The event will feature a total of three title bouts. IFL heavyweight champion Roy Nelson will defend his title against last-minute injury replacement Brad Imes, who was the heavyweight runner-up on the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter”.

IFL middleweight king Ryan McGivern will also take on New Jersey native Dan Miller and lightweight champion Ryan Schultz will make his second title defense against submission artist Deividas Taurosevicius.

Championship Fights:

Roy Nelson (264.2 lbs) vs. Brad Imes (249.2 lbs)
Ryan Schultz (154 lbs) vs. Deividas Taurosevicius (154 lbs)
Ryan McGivern (181.2 lbs) vs. Dan Miller (180.5 lbs) 

Non-Title Fights:

Matt Horwich (185.7 lbs) vs. Joey Guel (185.5 lbs)
Zac George (155.2 lbs) vs. Josh Souder (155.2 lbs)
Lamont Lister (205.2 lbs) vs. Aaron Stark (205.7 lbs)
John Franchi (155 lbs) vs. Frank Latina (152 lbs)
Nick Calandrino (170 lbs) vs. John Howard (170.5 lbs)
Mike Massenzio (185.2 lbs) vs. Danillo Villefort (184.7 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 4, 2008

If you have some free time on your hands, be sure to check out one of the more exciting fights from the IFL’s first show of 2008 this past weekend, Matt Horwich going up against Ryan McGivern for the IFL middleweight belt.

As always major props go out to the IFL for actually going out of there way to make their fights available for everyone to see.

“Iron Ring” Debuts March 18th on BET

Remember that mixed martial arts project BET was discussing a while back? Well it finally premieres tonight.

From a press release we received:

BET introduces Iron Ring, a half hour weekly series that showcases mixed martial arts, the fastest growing new sports format in entertainment. With $100,000 in prize money up for grabs, these skilled competitors go toe-to-toe using the combined fighting techniques of jiu-jitsu, judo, karate, boxing, kickboxing, and wrestling in teams owned and managed by Ludacris, Nelly, Floyd Mayweather, T.I., Lil Jon and Dipset.

CSAC Suspends Four

The California State Athletic Commission announced the suspension of four different fighters yesterday.

Three fighters who were slated to compete on World Cagefighting Organization’s disastrous San Diego show have all been suspended after testing positive for the steroid Nandrolone, the same steroid reportedly found in Sean Sherk’s system. Carlos Fuentes, Kyacey Uscola, and Gustavo Machado have all been suspended for a year and fined $2,500.

Fabio Costa, who last competed at Fist Series’ WinterFist 2008 last month, tested positive for marijuana. He’s been suspended until May and fined $500.

Jae Suk Lim Wins SpiritMC Middleweight Title

Jae Suk Lim regained his SpiritMC middleweight title with a decisive win over top prospect Yoon Young Kim Sunday night. After the event, Lim announced that he will now be headed to Hawaii to compete under the ICON Sport banner.

Complete results below courtesy of MMA Weekly:

Jae Suk Lim def. Yoon Young Kim - TKO (Strikes)
A Sol Kwan def. Takaaki Aoki - Unanimous Decision
Jae Young Kim def. Soichi Nishida - TKO (Strikes)
Jung Hwan Cha vs. Dong Hyun Kim - Draw
Hans Olson def. Chang Seob Lee - Unanimous Decision
San An def. Dong Yoon Shin - KO (Punch)
Ye Won Nam def. Seung Hwan Kim - Submission (Triangle)
Dae Gun Kim def. Ok Myoung Kim - Submission (Heel Hook)

Kang Still Without Opponent for DREAM Debut

Denis Kang, who is currently training in Montreal, Quebec, Canada along with Georges St. Pierre and Jackson’s Submission Fighting, has informed The Fight Network that he still without an opponent for his first fight inside the confines of DREAM in April:

“I’m just going to go to Montreal, do my thing and get ready for whoever I’m going to face,” Kang said. “I think the Japanese MMA promotions like to keep their fans in suspense, whereas with the UFC, they really saturate the market with advertising well ahead of their events. DREAM has not even finalized the March 15 card. They’ve only announced like five of the fights.”

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Nelson, Schultz Defend IFL Titles in Vegas


Ryan Schultz throws a right hand at John Gunderson. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

LAS VEGAS - Lightweight Ryan Schultz and heavyweight Roy Nelson defended their respective International Fight League titles and middleweight Ryan McGivern won his first belt before 3,931 at the IFL event last night at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

Schultz grinded out a unanimous decision over John Gunderson to retain his title, maintaining strong position throughout the match. Most of the bout was contested on the ground, with both fighters escaping potential chokes in the final two rounds.

Nelson earned a first-round TKO victory over Fabiano Scherner to defend his heavyweight crown. Nelson took Scherner down midway through the round and used a flurry of right hands to secure the stoppage at 3:20.

In what many felt was the best bout of the night, McGivern topped defending champion Matt Horwich by unanimous decision in a battle in which both fighters had strong moments.

Horwich nearly secured an armbar at the end of the second round, when McGivern was likely saved by the bell. In the closing seconds of the fourth round, McGivern delivered a series of strikes that staggered the former champion, but the champion held on until the bell.

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McGivern Likely to Replace Kennedy in Feb


Ryan McGivern grapples with Fabio Leopoldo at an IFL event in September 2007. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

Tim Kennedy will reportedly bow out of his scheduled International Fight League middleweight title bout against current champion Matt Horwich and will likely be replaced by Miletich Fighting Systems middleweight Ryan McGivern.

The fight is slated to happen at the IFL’s “New Blood New Battles” event on February 29th, which will take place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

The news comes from Five Ounces of Pain, who also report that the IFL is expected to make a formal announcement concerning the change at some point this week.

McGivern fought and defeated Horwich by unanimous decision at the IFL Championship Finals in December 2006. While an official reason as to why Kennedy will be unable to compete at the event, it is speculated that he is tied in to a military commitment.