The UFC wasn’t the only major MMA promotion to put on a show last night. Here are IFL results from the IFL…
LAS VEGAS, June 16, 2007 – The New York Pitbulls and host Nevada Lions claimed victories in the final 2007 regular-season International Fight League matches for each team, before a sold-out crowd of 3,200 at the Las Vegas Hilton. The Pitbulls took out the Toronto Dragons, 3-2, while the Lions scored a 4-1 win over the Tucson Scorpions.
With the win, the Pitbulls (3-0 team, 10-5 individual) have qualified for the four-team IFL Playoffs, which will begin on August 2 (semifinals, E. Rutherford, N.J.), where they will be the No. 2 seed and will take on the third-seeded Tokyo Sabres (3-0, 9-6). The top-seeded L.A. Anacondas (3-0, 11-4) will battle the No. 4 seeds, the Quad Cities Silverbacks (2-1, 9-6) in the other semifinal in New Jersey. The defeat eliminated the Dragons (1-2, 8-7) from contention.
In the first matchup, the Dragons’ Brent Beauparlant (Montreal, Quebec) defeated Fabio Leopoldo (Sao Paulo, Brazil) in the middleweight bout via TKO when Leopoldo injured his shoulder during the third round of what had been a very competitive bout, for a 1-0 Toronto lead. Light heavyweight Andre Gusmao (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) tapped out Wojtek Kaszowski (Winnipeg, Manitoba) with just seconds left in the first round to even things at 1-1.
In the pivotal lightweight fight, Wagnney Fabiano (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) made quick work of Erik Owings (New York) in a battle of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu experts, gaining a victory by armbar submission a minute into the first round to put the Dragons up, 2-1. Delson Heleno (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) earned a second-round welterweight submission victory for the Pitbulls over Gideon Ray (Roselle, Ill.) by armbar, evening the match at two wins apiece. In the decisive heavyweight bout, with his team’s season on the line, the Pitbulls’ Marcio Cruz (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) won by disqualification from Rafael Feijao (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), after Feijao committed a second illegal head-kick, to propel Renzo Gracie’s squad into the playoffs.
In the nightcap, Daniel Molina (Carson City, Nev.) put the host Lions (2-1, 8-7) on top with a submission victory, heel hooking Seth Baczynski (Phoenix) of the Scorpions (0-3, 4-11) in the middleweight bout. At welterweight, Pat Healy (St. Louis) scored a split decision over Mike Guymon (Lake Forest, Calif.) to double the Lions’ edge to 2-0. John Gunderson (Medford, Ore.) secured the Lions’ victory with a late second-round submission win over Gabe Casillas (Tucson, Ariz.) in the lightweight bout. Hometown favorite Roy Nelson (Las Vegas) was dominant in his unanimous heavyweight verdict over Shane Ott (Reading, Pa.), adding to the Lions’ lead. Mike Whitehead (Central Point, Ore.) salvaged the final point for the Scorpions by defeating Vernon White (East Palo Alto, Calif.) via second-round TKO.
In the preliminary bout which preceded the regular team competition, Rick Reeves (Reno, Nev.) of the Lions defeated Chris Kennedy (Las Vegas) of the Scorpions via unanimous decision in a welterweight battle fought mostly on the ground.