Results – 5 IFL Fighters Claim World Grand Prix Titles

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Jerry Milani from the IFL sent along the following:

FIVE INTERNATIONAL FIGHT LEAGUE ATHLETES CLAIM WORLD GRAND PRIX TITLES

Schultz Upends Horodecki in Lightweight Final; Nelson, Fabiano, Hieron,
Horwich Also Earn Inaugural Belts in Season-Ending Championship Event

UNCASVILLE, Conn., December 29, 2007 — Ryan “The Lion” Schultz
(North Platte, Neb.) knocked out previously undefeated 20-year-old Chris
“The Polish Hammer” Horodecki (London, Ontario), capping an
exciting night of action by winning the lightweight (155-lbs.) championship at
the inaugural International Fight League World Grand Prix finals, held
tonight in front of 5,731 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville,
Conn. Four other Championship belts also took place, including victories
by Roy “Big Country” Nelson (Las Vegas) at heavyweight (265-lbs.),
Wagnney Fabiano (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) at featherweight (145-lbs.),
Jay Hieron (Las Vegas) at welterweight (170-lbs.), and Matt Horwich
(Portland, Ore.) at middleweight (185-lbs.).

The five Championships were the most ever contested on one night in
North American MMA history.

Schultz took control early in the first round and continued to pound
Horodecki before the referee stepped in late in the round to stop the
bout. Schultz had been named a late replacement in the title bout after
injuries to Horodecki’s previous two opponents.

In the first Championship bout of the night, at 265 lbs., Nelson came
out swinging against Antoine Jaoude (Rio de Janeiro), eventually scoring
a TKO seconds into the second round, to win the heavyweight belt.
After nearly finishing off Jaoude near the end of the first round, Nelson
kept up the pressure, landing several uncontested punches, resulting in
the referee stoppage. Next, Fabiano kept his unbeaten (6-0) IFL
record intact by working a submission over L.C. Davis (Kansas City, Mo.) via
armbar late in the first round. Long Island, N.Y., native Hieron
scored a TKO at the end of the first round to claim the welterweight bout,
finishing off Delson Heleno (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) with a
ground-and-pound after knocking him to the mat with a right hand. Horwich stunned
Benji Radach (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) in the second round of their
middleweight bout, knocking out the previously unbeaten Radach after
absorbing several blows in the first round.

In three preliminary bouts held prior to the Championship competition,
Alex Cook (Whitehaven, England) helped introduce the new British IFL
team, coached by Ian Freeman, which will begin competition in 2008,
against Marcello Salazar (Portland, Ore./Brazil), with Salazar taking a
unanimous decision. Brett Cooper (Long Beach, Calif.), who was selected
through the IFL Draft in Los Angeles in October, scored a second-round
TKO over Rory Markham (Chicago), who fights out of Pat Miletich’s camp,
in a welterweight bout. Undefeated military vet Tim Kennedy
(Fayetteville, N.C.), knocked out local standout Elias Rivera (Meriden, Conn.)
two minutes into the first round of their middleweight matchup.

About the IFL

International Fight League (IFL) has its headquarters in New York
and offices in Las Vegas. For more information about IFL, please see:
www.ifl.tv.

IFL World Grand Prix
Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn.

Preliminary Bouts
185 lbs.: Marcello Salazar, Brazil def. Alex Cook, Whitehaven, England,
via decision (unanimous) after three rounds
170 lbs.: Brett Cooper, Long Beach, Calif., def. Rory Markham, Chicago,
via TKO (strikes), 1:15, 2nd round
185 lbs.: Tim Kennedy, Fayetteville, N.C., def. Elias Rivera, Meriden,
Conn., via KO (strikes), 2:00, 1st

Championship Bouts
265 lbs.: Roy Nelson, Las Vegas, def. Antoine Jaoude, Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, via TKO (strikes), 0:20, 2nd
145 lbs.: Wagnney Fabiano, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, def. L.C. Davis,
Kansas City, Mo., via submission (armbar), 3:38, 1st
170 lbs.: Jay Hieron, Las Vegas def. Delson Heleno, Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, via TKO (injury/strikes), 4:00, 1st
185 lbs.: Matt Horwich, Portland, Ore. def. Benji Radach, Deerfield
Beach, Fla., via TKO (strikes/referee stoppage), 1:58, 2nd
155 lbs.: Ryan Schultz, North Platte, Neb. Def. Chris Horodecki,
London, Ontario, via TKO (strikes/referee stoppage), 2:51, 1st

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