IFL 2007 Playoff Semifinals Live Results

Tonight we will be going live at 6:30 PM EST, giving you live results of the 2007 IFL Playoff Semifinals as they happen at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, NJ. As always, be sure to leave comments throughout the night.

2007 IFL Playoff Semifinals

Preliminary Bouts

LC Davis vs Conor Heun
Jason Palacios vs Joe Sampieri
Mike Dolce vs Lyman Good
Dante Rivera vs Nissim Levy

Quad Cities Silverbacks vs Los Angeles Anacondas

Mike Ciesnolevicz vs Alex Schoenauer
Rory Markham vs Chris Clements
Bart Palaszewski vs Harris Sarmiento
Gerald Harris vs Benji Radach
Ben Rothwell vs Krzysztof Soszynski

Tokyo Sabres vs New York Pitbulls

Dave Phillips vs Dan Miller
Wayne Cole vs Bryan Vetell
Savant Young vs Deividas Taurosevicius
Antonio McKee vs Delson Heleno
Vladimir Matyushenko vs Tim Boetsch

LC Davis vs Conor Heun

Davis earned an unanimous decision win over Heun. All three judges scored the bout 29-28 for Davis. The first round was a fairly uneventful one that saw Davis on top of Heun for the majority of the round. Heun attempted a gogoplata multiple times but Davis was able to maneuver out of the submission. Heun won the round with his many submission attempts and strikes from the bottom. Davis wins the final two rounds by being able to stuff Heun’s takedown attempts and land solid strikes while standing.

Winner: LC Davis - Unanimous Decision

Jason Palacios vs. Joe Sampieri

Palacios submitted Sampieri with a rear naked choke 3:21 into the first round of action. Palacios quickly took Sampieri down at the start of the fight and softened him up with an array of strikes from the top position. Palacios attempted an arm-triangle choke but Sampieri was able to squeeze out of it. Palacios then pounded on Sampieri’s ribs, forcing him to give up his back and allowing Palacios to capitalize on the opportunity by sinking in the choke.

Winner: Jason Palacios - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

Mike Dolce vs Lyman Good

Good garnered an unanimous decision win over Dolce. Dolce steals the first round by out-striking Good on the feet. Dolce is able to land the better combinations while mixing in some solid kicks and knees to the body. Good turned the tide in the second round by quickly taking Dolce down. Good pounded on Dolce from behind throughout the round before sinking in a rear naked choke just as the horn sounded to end the round. The last session was a wild one that saw neither fighter able to take the other down. Good scored points towards the end of the third with a few flurries of wild punches. The judges scored the fight 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28 for Good.

Winner: Lyman Good - Unanimous Decision

Dante Rivera vs Nissim Levy

Rivera stopped Levy with strikes at the 1:15 mark of the third round. Rivera dominated Levy on the feet in the first round and was able to take him down as well. Rivera continued to dominate on the feet into the second round with crisp combinations until Levy was able to reverse position on the ground and pound on Rivera until the round ended. The third round starts with Levy connecting with a left that rocks Rivera. Rivera counters with a left high kick that stuns Levy. Rivera then takes Levy down and pounds on him with unanswered strikes, forcing referee Dan Miragliotta to halt the bout.

Winner: Dante Rivera - TKO (Strikes)

Quad Cities Silverbacks vs Los Angeles Anacondas

Mike Ciesnolevicz vs Alex Schoenauer

For the second time in as many times as the two have fought each other, Ciesnolevicz squeaked out a split decision win over Schoenauer. The first round may have very well been the worst in IFL history. Each fighter scored a takedown during the session but didn’t generate any offense. The action picked up in the second stanza where Schoenauer controlled Ciesnolevicz on the ground and feet. The last round saw Ciesnolevicz dominate on the feet, landing a countless number of strikes on Schoenauer. The judges score the bout 29-28 and 29-28 for Ciesnolevicz while Schoenauer won the fight unanimously in the eyes of one of the judges, 30-27.

Winner: Mike Ciesnolevicz - Split Decision

Ciesnolevicz’s win gives the Silverbacks an early 1-0 lead.

Rory Markham vs Chris Clements

Markham quickly stopped Clements by TKO in the first round of their fight. Markham connected with a hard right in the opening seconds of the bout that stunned Clements. Markham follows up with a left hook that floors Clements. Markham pounces on him and unleashes some vicious ground and pound just before referee Kevin Mulhall steps in and stops the bout at the 1:17 mark.

Winner: Rory Markham - TKO (Strikes)

Markham’s stoppage victory puts the Silverbacks ahead 2-0.

Bart Palaszewski vs Harris Sarmiento

Palaszewski submitted Sarmiento with a guillotine choke at 1:06 of the third round. Both fighters saw success in the first round as each landing their fair share of strikes on the feet. Palaszewski took the second frame with ease as he landed a countless amount of heavy punches, stunning Sarmiento multiple times throughout the round. Palaszewski scored a takedown at the start of the third round. Sarmiento tries to scramble to his feet but Palaszewski sinks in a guillotine that forces Sarmiento to tap out.

Winner: Bart Palaszewski - Submission (Guillotine)

Palaszewski’s submission win guarantees the Silverbacks a spot in the IFL Championship and puts them up by a score of 3-0.

Gerald Harris vs Benji Radach

Radach put Harris to sleep with an uppercut at the 3:03 mark of the first round. Radach was active on the feet to start the round just before Harris was able to slam him to the mat. Radach attempts to counter with a guillotine while they are going down but Harris easily slips out of it. Radach works his way back to his feet and then lands a huge uppercut while Harris is shooting in. Harris is on ‘queer street’ and referee Kevin Mulhall quickly stops the fight.

Winner: Benji Radach - TKO (Strikes)

Radach’‘s win prevents the sweep and puts the Anacondas in the win column. The Silverbacks are ahead 3-1.

Ben Rothwell vs Krzysztof Soszynski

Rothwell stopped Soszynski with strikes just 13 seconds into the bout. Rothwell was able to connect with a right that knocked Soszynski down in the opening moments. Rothwell pounced on him and then landed a number of unanswered hammer fists before referee Dan Miragliotta rushed in to stop the fight.

Winner: Ben Rothwell - TKO (Strikes)

The IFL has announced that Rothwell’s win was the fastest in IFL history.

The Silverbacks finish the night as finalists by a final score of 4-1.

Tokyo Sabres vs New York Pitbulls

Dave Phillips vs Dan Miller

Miller put Phillips to sleep with a guillotine choke in the middle of the first round. Miller was able to take Phillips down to the ground early on and then worked his way to side control where he starts to unleash some ground and pound. Phillips works his way back into guard and nearly catches Miller in an armbar. They both stand up but Miller is able to lock in a guillotine choke. Phillips refuses to tap and eventually finds himself sleeping.

Winner: Dan Miller - Submission (Guillotine)

Miller puts the Pitbulls up 1-0.

Wayne Cole vs Bryan Vetell

Vetell won an unanimous decision over Cole in a fight that saw Vetell put on a striking clinic. Vetell dominated in the clinch during the first round, landing an array of knees and punches from in tight. Cole was able to catch Vetell in a guillotine momentarily as well as take him down to the mat with a single leg in the first round as well. The second round saw Vetell destroy Cole in the clinch throughout the session. The third round saw Vetell continue to work in the clinch and soften up Cole’s knee enough that he was able to take him down during the closing moments of the third round. The judges score the bout 30-27, 30-27, and 30-26 for Vetell.

Winner: Bryan Vetell - Unanimous Decision

The Pitbulls have now taken a 2-0 lead.

Savant Young vs Deividas Taurosevicius

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