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.
In the camp vs. camp matchups which preceded the championship bouts, World Class Fight Center and Lion?s Den/Team Quest were victorious.
Rafael Dias started things off well for Mario Sperry’?s WCFC in its win over Team Tompkins with a victory at 145 lbs. over Santino Defranco by way of rear naked choke submission two minutes into the first round. At 185 lbs., hometown favorite Josh Haynes defeated Leopoldo Serao via unanimous decision to even the camps at one win apiece.
WCFC took two out of three bouts when Alexandre Ferreira recorded a rear naked choke over Lew Polley, just 0:20 into the first round.
Jake Ellenberger, representing Team Quest, decisioned Pat Healy to open his camp? matchup with Ken Shamrock’?s Lion?s Den. Schultz?‘s win over Gunderson secured the triumph for Team Quest, while Nelson?‘s win provided the final 2-1 margin.
Prior to the team matchups, Ian Loveland submitted Dennis Davis via guillotine choke in the second round of their featherweight contest.
Complete event results are below:
Ian Loveland def. Dennis Davis - Submission (Guillotine)
Rafael Dias def. Santino Defranco - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Josh Haynes def. Leopoldo Serao - Unanimous Decision
Alexandre Ferreira def. Lew Polley - Submission (Guillotine)
Jake Ellenberger def. Pat Healy - Unanimous Decision
Ryan Schultz def. John Gunderson - Unanimous Decision
Roy Nelson def. Fabiano Scherner - TKO (Strikes)
Ryan McGivern def. Matt Horwich - Unanimous Decision