by Tim Spagnola – MMAWeekly.com
UNCASVILLE, CONN. – The International Fight League drew a paid audience of 6,131 to the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut for its second event in the Northeast. It was a card that consisted of some entertaining match-ups as four teams looked to improve their records in the march to being crowned the IFL champions.
INTERNATIONAL FIGHT LEAGUE
April 13, 2007
Mohegan Sun Arena
DRAGONS DEFEATED SCORPIONS, 4-1
LW/155: Wagnney Fabiano, Dragons, def. Cam Ward, Scorpions, by TKO (Choke/Ref Stoppage), 3:24 in Round 1
WW/170: Gideon Ray, Dragons, def. Gabe Casillas, Scorpions, by TKO (Strikes/Ref Stoppage), 2:39 in Round 1
MW/185: Brent Beauparlant, Dragons, def. Seth Baczynski, Scorpions, by decision (Unanimous Decision 30-27), after three rounds.
LH/205: Mike Whitehead, Scorpions, def. Wojtek Kaszowski, Dragons by TKO (strikes/ref stoppage), 2:43 in Round 1
HW/265: Shane Ott, Dragons, def. Chad Griggs, Scorpions, by TKO (Kimura/Ref Stoppage), 1:09 in Round 1
PITBULLS DEFEATED WOLFPACK, 3-2
LW/155: Ryan Schultz, Wolfpack, def. Joe Sampieri, Pitbulls, by decision (unanimous 30-27), after three rounds.
WW/170: Delson Heleno, Pitbulls, def. Mike Dolce, Wolfpack, by decision (unanimous 30-26), after three rounds.
MW/185: Fabio Leopoldo, Pitbulls, def. Gerald Harris, Wolfpack, by split decision (30-28/ 29-28/29-28), after three rounds.
LH/205: Jamal Patterson, Pitbulls, def. Matt Horwich, Wolfpack (guillotine choke/ref stoppage), 0:37 in Round 1
HW/265: Devin Cole, Wolfpack, def. Bryan Vetell, Pitbulls, by TKO (strikes/ref stoppage), 1:42 in Round 2
DRAGONS vs. SCORPIONS
Dragons coach Carlos Newton had to be pleased with how his team went out there and made quick work of Don Frye’s Scorpions. The Dragon’s Wagnney Fabiano opened the night’s card and looked impressive as he controlled the action and got the submission victory over Cam Ward in the opening round.
UFC veteran Gideon Ray kept the momentum moving forward as he was up next to take on the Scorpion’s Gabe Casillas. After an opening exchange, Ray took control and moved the action to the ground where he was successful in landing some big strikes. Although Casillas was able to scramble and get things standing again, Ray was able to secure a big slam followed by some devastating shots that called for the referee to step in and stop the fight.
Although the Scorpion’s Seth Baczynski knew he needed the victory to keep his team’s chances alive, Brent Beauparlant proved to be too much for the IFL newcomer to handle. Baczynski showed tremendous heart, but Beauparlant controlled the action of the entire fight in securing the judge’s nod.
The one bright spot for the Scorpions was Mike Whitehead making quick work of the Dragon’s Wojtek Kaszowski. Whitehead looked to be in very good physical shape as he secured the mount and landed some brutal strikes before the referee called the action early in the opening round.
The final match was between two previously unbeaten heavyweight fighters in the Dragon’s Shane Ott and the Scorpion’s Chad Griggs. Ott was impressive as he was able to withstand the opening exchange and move the action to the ground and secure the submission win in the first round, giving the Dragons an impressive 4-1 margin of victory.
WOLFPACK vs. PITBULLS
A very entertaining team match-up as both the Wolfpack and the Pitbulls have already secured team victories in this 2007 IFL season. With the Wolfpack’s Coach Matt Lindland in Russia for one of the biggest fights of his career, the action got started with Ryan Schultz taking on newcomer Joe Sampieri. Sampieri was a last-minute addition to the Pitbull roster and showed heart, but was just unable to hold off the strength of Schultz who kept the action on the ground as he secured the unanimous decision.
The Pitbull’s Delson Heleno was able to even things up as he put on a submission clinic on the always-tough Mike Dolce. The fight had good back and forth action, and at the close of each round Heleno was in position to get a submission victory if not for the bell saving Dolce. In the end, it was left in the judges’ hands and they gave the win to the Pittbulls.
Next up was the night’s most controversial fight as the Pittbull’s Fabio Leopoldo won the split decision over Gerald Harris in what left many in the crowd scratching their heads. IFL newcomer Harris looked impressive in his debut with a number of slams and quick strikes that punished Leopoldo. All three rounds saw the action controlled by Harris with Leopoldo looking for submission attempts. Harris, even when caught, remained calm and continued to press the action, but in the end the judges saw it differently giving the nod to Leopoldo as the boos poured down from those in attendance.
Next up was the eagerly anticipated rematch of Matt Horwich and Jamal Patterson. This was the first rematch in IFL history and it did not last too long. After the opening exchange, Patterson was able to secure the neck and secure the team victory for the Pittbulls.
The last fight of the night was an entertaining match between the heavyweights as the Wolfpack’s Devin Cole was able to withstand some punishment and land a few big shots of his own in getting the win over Bryan Vetell. This was a very important victory for Cole, who had been on the skids recently, but it wasn’t enough as the Pitbulls won the team competition 3-2.