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.

In the camp vs. camp competition between Miletich Fighting Systems and American Top Team, LC Davis of MFS scored a knockout of Rafael Dias with just seconds remaining in the third round of a very competitive featherweight bout. ATT?‘s welterweight Emyr Bussade won a second-round submission via kneebar over Jesse Lennox.

The light heavyweight bout between Carmelo Marrero and Mike Ciesnolevicz was ruled a no contest when a cut from the head of Marrero from an inadvertent head butt would not stop.

In addition to Matyushenko vs. Patterson, in the bouts between Midwest Combat and Renzo Gracie Academy, Gracie?‘s Jim Miller scored a unanimous decision over Bart Palaszewski in a highly entertaining lightweight bout; Brad Blackburn turned around a welterweight bout in which he was trailing with a third-round KO over Delson Heleno.

The night started with a non-title bout between light heavyweights, with IFL veteran Alex Schoenauer claiming a split decision over Brendan Barrett. In another non-title bout, Chris ?“The Polish Hammer”? Horodecki scored a narrow but unanimous decision over Nate Lamotte.

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