- CHAMPIONS DEFEND AT IFL IN NEW JERSEY

April 5, 2008
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by MMAWeekly.com (Photos courtesy of IFL)
(Photos courtesy of IFL)

International Fight League champions Vladimir Matyushenko, Wagnney Fabiano, and Jay Hieron on Friday night all defended their respective titles at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J.

Light heavyweight champion Matyushenko retained his belt by stopping Jamal Patterson by TKO due to strikes with just 30 seconds left in the second round.

In an IFL record-setting performance, Fabiano knocked out challenger Shad Lierley in a mere 37 seconds. The win kept the featherweight title strapped securely around Fabiano’s waist.

He couldn’t top Fabiano’s quick knockout, but welterweight champion Jay Hieron didn’t waste much time in stopping Mark Miller by TKO little more than two minutes into the opening round.

A light heavyweight contest between Miletich Fighting Systems’ Mike Ciesnolevicz and Carmelo Marrero, representing American Top Team, was ruled a no contest when Marrero suffered a cut on his head due to an inadvertent head butt.

Championship Bouts
-Vladimir Matyushenko def. Jamal Patterson by TKO (Strikes) at 3:35, R2
-Wagnney Fabiano def. Shad Lierley by KO at 0:37, R1
-Jay Hieron def. Mark Miller by TKO (Strikes) at 2:10, R1

Non-Title Bouts
-Alex Schoenauer def. Brendan Barrett by Split Decision, R3
-Chris Horodecki def. Nate Lamotte by Unanimous Decision, R3

American Top Team vs. Miletich Fighting Systems
-LC Davis (MFS) def. Rafael Dias (ATT) by KO (Strikes) at 3:56, R3
-Emyr Bussade (ATT) def. Jesse Lennox (MFS) by Submission (Kneebar) at 1:25, R2
-Mike Ciesnolevicz (MFS) vs. Carmelo Marrero (ATT), No Contest

Midwest Combat vs. Renzo Gracie Academy
-Jim Miller (RGA) def. Bart Palaszewski (MWC) by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Brad Blackburn (MWC) def. Delson Heleno (RGA) by KO at 1:50, R3

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