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MMAWeekly was on location from the IFL semifinals in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Silverbacks and the Pitbulls advance to the team championship finals. Full results and play-by-play listed below.
L.C. Davis (155) vs. Connor Heun (155.5)
Rd 1: Davis gets the better of the exchanges; Heun in turn gets the fight to the ground and puts Davis in a tight rubber guard to which Davis isn’t able to maneuver much at all but the action stalls and the fight stands back up.
MMAWeekly scores Rd 1 for LC Davis 10-9
Rd 2: Much of the same action in the 2nd round with Davis getting the better of the exchanges and Huen working the rubber guard with Davis defending. The round ends with another exchange that sees a cut open over Huen’s eye
MMAWeekly scores Rd 2 for LC Davis 10-9
Rd 3: Third round goes much the same with a few exchanges on the feet ending with Davis in Huen’s rubber guard. David does a more effective job this round of landing some damage when in his guard. Huen manages to lock on a tight guillotine towards the end of the round but Davis maintains and the fight ends.
Winner: L.C. Davis wins by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Jason Palacios (155) vs. Joe Sampieri (154.5)
Rd 1: Palacios comes out strong and gets the fight to the ground where he works for a head and arm triangle and then transitions to mount. Sampieri gives up his back and Palacios locks on a rear naked choke to end the fight.
Winner: Jason Palacios by submission (rear naked choke) Rd 1 (3:21)
Mike Dolce (180) vs. Lyman Good (178.5)
Rd 1: Lyman Good presses the fight for much of the opening round. Good gets into the clinch numerous times but does not real damage or anything to improve position but Dolce only defends
MMAWeekly scores Rd 1 for Lyman Good 10-9
Rd 2: Good gets the better of an early exchange and puts Dolce down but he survives. Good transitions from side control to taking Dolce’s back where he spends the rest of the round looking for a rear naked choke but Dolce defends well.
MMAWeekly scores Rd 2 for Lyman Good 10-9
Rd 3: Much more of a stand-up fight in the 3rd round, although Good does take the fight to the ground early on. Dolce tried to lock on a guillotine but slipped and ended up with Good in his guard. Another brief standing exchange ends the round.
Winner: Lyman Good by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-27)
Dante Rivera (184) vs. Nissim Levy (183)
Rd 1: Rivera works Levy over with good stand-up, combining combinations with a muay thai clinch throughout the round.
MMAWeekly scores Rd 1 for Dante Rivera 10-9
Rd 2: Levy improves in this round going for takedowns but Rivera again catches him in a good muay thai clinch and works solid stand up. Levy does manage a couple of takedowns in the round.
MMAWeekly scores Rd 2 for Nissim Levy 10-9
Rd 3: Rivera comes out with some great combinations to start the round and eventually takes Levy down. Rivera moves to mount position and finishes the fight with strikes on the ground
Winner: Dante Rivera by TKO (referee’s stoppage due to strikes) 1:14 Rd 3
Team semifinal matches:
Quad Cities Silverbacks vs. L.A. Anacondas
Mike Ciesnolevicz (205) vs. Alex Schoenauer (203.5)
Rd 1: Brief exchanges on the feet; Schoenauer gets a couple of good takedowns but doesn’t inflict much damage on the ground. Mike C does a good job defending and works for a guillotine choke from the bottom but eventually stands back up.
MMAWeekly scores Rd 1 for Alex Schoenauer 10-9
Rd 2: Alex lands a good shot to put Mike C. down in the 2nd round and jumps in to try to finish but opts to go for a guillotine choke. Mike C is able to reverse and get a takedown and then goes to mount and takes Alex’s back. They stand up again and Alex again drops Mike C. to finish the round.
MMAWeekly scores Rd 2 for Alex Schoenauer 10-9
Rd 3: Mike C. becomes much more aggressive in this round going for multiple takedown attempts but Schoenauer defends effectively. Mike C. manages a good head kick to end the round.
MMAWeekly scores Rd 3 for Mike C. 10-9
Winner: Mike Ciesnolevicz by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 27-30)
Rory Markham (171) vs. Chris Clements (169.5)
Rd 1: Both fighters come out swinging big with Markham landing the first big punch putting Clements down. Clements recovers but only to get put back down again by another big punch from Markham. Rory jumps in and lands some more shots before the referee steps in to stop the fight. Clements is upset afterwards about the stoppage
Winner: Rory Markham by TKO (referee’s stoppage due to strikes) 1:17 Rd 1
Bart Palaszewski (156) vs. Harris Sarmiento (153.5)
Rd 1: Fight stays on the feet for the whole round with Sarmiento getting the better of the exchanges, also throwing some leg kicks in the round.
MMAWeekly scores Rd 1 for Harris Sarmiento 10-9
Rd 2: Palaszewski comes alive in the 2nd session, taking Sarmiento down a couple of times in the round and working a ground and pound attack.
MMAWeekly scores Rd 2 for Bart Palaszewski 10-9
Rd 3: Palaszewski takes control in the 3rd round taking the fight to the ground and eventually locking on a guillotine causing a tap out from Sarmiento
Winner: Bart Palaszewski by submission (guillotine choke) Rd 3
Quad City Silverbacks advance to IFL championships
Gerald Harris (185.5) vs. Benji Radach (185)
Rd 1: Radach continues his dominance in the IFL by stopping Gerald Harris in the first round. Harris did manage one big slam but outside of that, Radach landed multiple combos and during one last shot attempt from Harris landed a final shot that put him down for good
Winner: Benji Radach by TKO Rd 1 (3:03)
Ben Rothwell (265) vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (229.5)
Rd 1: The two big men exchange and Rothwell puts him down with a big punch. A few more strikes and its all over
Winner: Ben Rothwell by TKO (referee’s stoppage due to strikes) Rd 1 :13 seconds
(IFL officials confirm fastest KO in organization’s history)
Tokyo Sabres vs. N.Y. Pitbulls
Dave Phillips (185) vs. Dan Miller (184.5)
Rd 1: Dan Miller takes the fight to the ground early and works from side control. Phillips manages to pull guard and almost catch Miller in an armbar but he escapes. Miller then locks on a standing guillotine choke and Phillips goes unconscious.
Winner: Dan Miller by submission (guillotine choke) Rd 1
Wayne Cole (217) vs. Bryan Vetell (266)
Rd 1: Vetell gets the best of Cole during the round using his size and strength to his advantage moving the clinch around and landing some solid shots on his opponent.
MMAWeekly scores Rd 1 for Bryan Vetell 10-9
Rd 2: Vetell took the fight to the ground early and worked some ground and pound on Cole. Not much more action in the round.
MMAWeekly scores Rd 2 for Bryan Vetell 10-9
Rd 3: Very little action in the third round, multiple clinch exchanges. Vetell scored a takedown late in the round but was reversed and Cole ended the fight with some ground punches on Vetell.
MMAWeekly scores Rd 3 for Bryan Vetell 10-9
Winner: Bryan Vetell by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Savant Young (155) vs. Deividas Taurosevicius (155.5)
Rd 1: Young and DT (as we will call him here) exchange blows in the early part of the round. Young gets DT to the ground where he is almost caught in an omo plata but no finish. DT gets the better of an exchange to close the round.
MMAWeekly scores Rd 1 for DT 10-9
Rd 2: DT dominates the 2nd round, taking Young’s back and working for a rear naked choke. As the round closes, he almost finishes the fight with an armbar but the bell sounds saving Savant Young for another round.
MMAWeekly scores Rd 2 for DT 10-9
Rd 3: DT gets another round with his superior stand-up and takedowns throughout the round. When Young does engage he ends up with the worst of almost every exchange.
Winner: Deividas Taurosevicius by unanimous decision
Antonio McKee (170) vs. Delson Heleno (170)
Rd 1: Fairly uneventful round with the only real offense coming from a McKee takedown late in the session.
MMAWeekly scores Rd 1 for Antonio McKee 10-9
Rd 2: McKee gets a double leg takedown early on but is unable to capitalize on his position. Heleno belts McKee with an accidental knee to the groin that sends him crashing to the canvas. The fight continues after McKee is able to have time to recover
MMAWeekly scores Rd 2 for Antonio McKee 10-9
Rd 3: Heleno opens up some offense, reversing a takedown attempt and ended up taking McKee’s back. McKee was able to defend and avoid any submissions as the fight ended.
Winner: Antonio McKee by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 27-30)
Vladimir Matyushenko (205) vs. Tim Boetsch (206)
Rd 1: Matyushenko goes for more stand-up than many are used to seeing from him and he actually gets taken down a couple of times in the round but reverses easily and gets a few takedowns of his own.
MMAWeekly scores Rd 1 for Vladdy Matyushenko 10-9
Rd 2: Matyushenko secures a takedown early in the round maintains side control through most of the 4 minutes. Boetsch does get back to his feet and tries to pull a guillotine choke late in the round but Vladdy escapes.
MMAWeekly scores Rd 2 for Vladdy Matyushenko 10-9
Rd 3: Another series of takedowns round out the third session for Matyushenko, althought Boetsch is a surprisingly game opponent for the heavily favored Matyushenko
Winner: Vladdy Matyushenko by unanimous decision.