Press Release courtesy of the IFL
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UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Heavyweight Roy Nelson and lightweight Ryan Schultz defended their respective International Fight League titles on Friday night, while Dan Miller scored a victory over defending middleweight champion Ryan McGivern before 4,530 at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
Nelson capped the evening with a victory over Brad Imes, after Schultz defeated fellow lightweight Deividas Taurosevicius to retain his belt.
Nelson started with a blitz of punches right at the start of the first round, which Imes was able to recover briefly. Nelson finished the bout with a crunching series of blows for the quick KO.
Schultz and Taurosevicius battled hard, with both surviving near-submissions and solid strikes. Ultimately, Schultz claimed the unanimous decision.
Miller’s was a quick finish, after an exciting first three minutes of the first round in which both competitors maintained a high-energy pace. Miller caught McGivern in a kneebar to win his first title.
The preliminary bouts featured athletes from four MMA camps, including Team Quest, Team Bombsquad, World Class Fight Center and Team Prodigy. Lightweight John Franchi of Bombsquad got the night off to an exciting start with a first-round submission victory over Frank Latina. Team Quest’s Aaron Stark then scored a unanimous decision over Bombsquad’s Lamont Lister in a light heavyweight bout. John Howard then knocked out Nick Calandrino of Bombsquad with a third-round flurry of strikes in an entertaining matchup of welterweights.
The second set of preliminary bouts began with Matt Horwich of Team Quest recording a unanimous decision over Joey Guel in a middleweight matchup. Josh Souder of Team Prodigy then wrapped up a quick TKO over Team Quest’s Zac George, before World Class Fight Center’s Danillo Villefort scored a first-round submission victory via kneebar over Mike Massenzio of Bombsquad.
The IFL’s next scheduled event is set for August 15 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J., when it will unveil its new six-sided ring surface, dubbed “The Hex.”
-John Franchi def. Frank Latina via submission (rear naked choke), 2:19, R1
-Aaron Stark def. Lamont Lister via decision (unanimous), R3
-John Howard def. Nick Calandrino via TKO (strikes), 2:24, R3
-Matt Horwich def. Joey Guel via decision (unanimous), R3
-Josh Souder def. Zac George via TKO (strikes), 0:47, R1
-Danillo Villefort def. Mike Massenzio via submission (kneebar) 3:44, R1
185 lbs.: Dan Miller def. *Ryan McGivern via submission (kneebar), 3:36, R1
155 lbs.: *Ryan Schultz def. Deividas Taurosevicius via decision (unanimous), R5
265 lbs.: *Roy Nelson def. Brad Imes via TKO (strikes), 2:55, R1