September 20, 2007

MMAWeekly LIVE in Hollywood, Florida
MMAWeekly was on location at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Caino in Hollywood, Florida bringing you results of the 2007 IFL World Team Championship, as the New York Pitbulls defeated the Quad Cities Silverbacks.


Jamal Patterson def. Chris Baten by Submission (arm triangle choke) at :56, R1
Rolles Gracie def. Sam Holloway by Submission (rear naked choke) at 1:49, R1
Travis Cox vs. Brad Blackburn ruled No Contest (accidential knee to a downed opponent) at 2:32, R1
Ryan Schultz def. Aaron Riley by Unanimous Decision at 4:00, R3
Delson Heleno def. Jake Ellenberger by Submission (armbar) at 3:45, R2
Deividas Taurosevicius def. Bart Palaszewski by Submission (armbar) at 1:30, R2
Ben Rothwell def. Ricco Rodriguez by Unanimous Decision (29-28×3) at 4:00, R3
Ryan McGivern def. Fabio Leopoldo by TKO (strikes) at 1:35, R2
Andre Gusmao def. Mike Ciesnolevicz by KO at :53, R1


Jake Ellenberger vs. Delson Heleno

Round One: They clinch along the ropes and exchange knees to the body. Heleno working to get the fight to the ground, but Ellenberger shows good defense, landing body shots. The round ends with both fighters throwing hooks as they break from the clinch. MMAWeekly scores round one 10-9 for Heleno.

Round Two: The action picks up in round two with Ellenberger throwing strikes. Heleno gets teh fight to the canvas where he passes Ellenberger’s guard aned moves to the mount position. Ellenberger reverses Heleno and ends up in his half guard before Heleno gets back to full guard. Ellenberger landing strikes, but Heleno goes for an ankle lock. Heleno reverses Ellenberger and transitions into an arm bar that finished the fight. The Pitbulls are up 1-0 in the team championship.

Bart Palaszewski vs. Deividas Taurosevicius

Round One: Bart gets the better of the first exchange, but Deividas comes firing back. Deividas flurries and goes for the takedown where Bart tries to apply a guillotine, but Deividas gets out and delivers ground and pound within Bart’s guard. Bart uses the corner to get back to his feet. The closes seconds of round one had the two clinches with Bart landing knees to the body. MMAWeekly scores round one 10-9 for Taurosevicius.

Round Two: Big exchange to open the round with Bart landing a solid right and then eating a high kick to the head. Deividas clinches and gets taken down for his efforts. Deividas slaps on an armbar. It didn’t look like Bart tapped and actually escaped the armbar catching a foot to his eye. The referee stopped the fight and as they announced the official result, the crowd voiced their displeasure with boos. Either way, the Pitbulls go up 2-0 over the Silverbacks in the team championship.

Ben Rothwell vs. Ricco Rodriguez

Round One: Ricco initiates the striking, but immediately clinches. Ricco attempts a guillotine, telling the corner he has it, but Rothwell quickly escapes. Ricco lands an inside leg kick that misses it’s mark as Rothwell complains it was a low blow. Rothwell starts to let his hands go a little, but nothing landing solid. Rothwell works shots to the body as the round comes to an end. MMAWeekly scores round one 10-9 for Rothwell.

Round Two: Rothwell fends off a takedown attempt by Ricco. Ricco applies a guillotine that looks to be in deep, but Rothwell gets his head out. Ben passes Ricco’s guard into side control. Rothwell works some ground and pound before letting Ricco back to his feet. Ricco lands another low blow to Rothwell, but the fight continues after only a few seconds delay. Rothwell cutting off the ring and stalking Ricco, but as the round ends, they were clinched in the corner with Rothwell pressing Ricco against the ropes. MMAWeekly scores round two for Rothwell.

Round Three: Ricco misses with a big right hand, and slips trying to throw a high kick. Rothwell allows him back to his feet. As they clinch in the corner, Ricco tries for another guillotine, but Rothwell again escapes and starts landing big shots inside Ricco’s guard. Neither fighter doing much at this point and the referee stands them back up. Rothwell with a combination that sends the sweat on Ricco’s head flying. The action picks up and Ricco spits at Rothwell. The round ends. MMAWeeklhy scores the final round 10-9 for Rothwell. Rothwell puts the Silverback on the board with a win, keeping the Silverbacks alive for the team title.

Ryan McGivern vs. Fabio Leopoldo

Round One: Both fighters willing to exchange. McGivern looking for that big right hand while Fabio counters. McGivern lands a big uppercut, but Fabio shakes it off. Fabio clinches, attempting to get the fight to the ground. McGivern getting the better of the exchanges. McGivern sends Fabio to the canvas with a right hand, and then allows him to get back up. The round ends with the two exchanging right hands along the ropes. MMAWeekly scores round one 10-9 for McGivern.

Round Two: McGivern lands another uppercut to start the round. Fabio goes for a single leg, but McGivern fends it off. McGivern starting to take over the fight. McGivern lands another uppercut that sends Fabio’s body crashing to the canvas. The fight is over. McGivern ties up the team championship 2-2.

Light Heavyweight:
Mike Ciesnolevicz vs. Andre Gusmao

Round One: Gusmao opens with leg kicks. Mike C. tries to get the fight to the ground, but can not. Gusmao lands a knee to Mike C’s face ending the fight by KO. The Pitbulls become the new IFL team champions.


Jamal Patterson vs. Chris Baten

Round One: Jamal scores an early takedown while Baten attempted a guillotine choke from the bottom. Jamal immediately slaps on an arm triangle choke forcing Baten to tap out.

Rolles Gracie vs. Sam Holloway

Round One: Rolles starts out trying to work the jab before clinching with Holloway and getting the fight to the ground with a trip. Gracie quickly passes Holloway’s guard into full mount and works some ground and pound. Holloway gives up his back and Gracie secures a rear naked choke to finish the fight.

Brad Blackburn vs. Travis Cox

Round One: Cox opens with a superman punch that doesn’t land and takes a knee to the body for his efforts. Blackburn hits Cox below the belt, and Travis is given time to recover. Back to the action, Cox is aggressive. the pace is furious. They clinch and Blackburn works knees to the body. Cox takes Brad down as Blackburn attempts a guillotine. They get back to their feet where Blackburn lands some good strikes. The action is halted again when Blackburn knees Cox to the head while Travis was downed. After several minutes, Cox remains on the canvas. The fight is over.

Ryan Schultz vs. Aaron Riley

Round One: Riley works a jab, feeling Schultz out. Schultz lands a nice outside leg kick. They circle in the middle of the ring exchanged jabs, looking for an opening. Riley looks to be setting the pace, but neither fighter doing any damage. Schultz double legged Riley in the corner and immediately started working ground and pound. Riley gets back to his feet, rolling across the ring. Riley works kicks as the round ends. MMAWeekly scores round one for Schultz based on the slam.

Round Two: Not a lot of action for the first minute. Riley tries to load up a left hand as SChultz counters. Schultz picks up the pace with a flurry followed by knees to the body. Riley answers with a combination followed by a high kick that lands. Body shot by Shultz lands to Riley’s body. The round comes to an end with both fighters exchanging jabs in the middle of the ring. Very close round, MMAWeekly scores round two 10-9 for Riley.

Round Three: The pace picks up as both fighters could need this round to win the fight. They exchange leg kicks. Schultz gets a takedown in the corner, but Riley attempts to get back to his feet. The fighters fall through the ropes. Riley immediately jumps back in the rind to continue to fight as the round comes to and end. MMAWeekly scores round three 10-9 for Schultz.