Sabres, Anacondas Win At IFL Seattle

Jerry Milani sent along the following:


Tokyo, Los Angeles Entries Remain Unbeaten, Clinch Playoff Berths As
Largest Washington MMA/Boxing Crowd Watches

EVERETT, Wash., June 1, 2007 – The Tokyo Sabres and Los Angeles
Anacondas remained unbeaten and clinched International Fight League playoff
berths with team victories tonight before 6,977 at the Everett Events
Center, the largest crowd ever to see a boxing or mixed martial arts event
in the state of Washington. The Sabres defeated the Portland Wolfpack,
3-2, and the Anacondas also won by a 3-2 verdict over the host Seattle
Tiger Sharks, in the final regular-season matches for each team.

With the win, the Sabres (3-0, 9-6) and Anacondas (3-0, 11-4) have
qualified for the four-team IFL Playoffs, which will be contested on August
2 (semifinals, E. Rutherford, N.J.) and September 15 (finals). The
Wolfpack (1-2, 7-8) and Tiger Sharks (1-2, 8-7) were eliminated from
playoff consideration with the loss.

In the first matchup, heavyweights Orville Palmer (Norman, Okla.) of
the Sabres and Devin Cole (Medford, Ore.) of the Wolfpack battled it out
for three rounds in an entertaining start to the night, with Palmer
gaining the split decision. Matt Horwich (Gresham, Ore.) knocked out
Kazuhiro Hamanaka (Tokyo) with a first round head kick in the middleweight
bout to even the score at 1-1. Vladimir Matyushenko (Rechisa, Belarus)
gave the Sabres a 2-1 edge with a first-round TKO over Aaron Stark
(Portland, Ore.) in a battle of light heavyweights. Antonio McKee
(Lakewood, Calif.) clinched the win in the welterweight bout by earning a
unanimous decision over Mike Dolce (Belmar, N.J.). Ryan Schultz (North
Platte, Neb.) returned the favor for the Wolfpack, gaining a unanimous
lightweight verdict over Savant Young (Pasadena, Calif.) for the final 3-2

In the nightcap, Benji Radach (Coconut Creek, Fla.) got the Anacondas
off to a quick start with a first-round TKO over Bristol Marunde
(Sequim, Wash.). In one of the most entertaining bouts in IFL history,
lightweights Chris Horodecki (London, Ontario) and Shad Lierley (Seattle),
slugged it out for three rounds, eliciting several standing ovations,
with Horodecki remaining unbeaten with a unanimous decision to double the
Anacondas’ advantage to 2-0. Brad Blackburn (Olympia, Wash.) stunned
Jay Hieron (Las Vegas) to win the welterweight bout with a first-round
TKO, drawing the hosts to within 2-1. Alex Schoenauer (Las Vegas) gave
the Anacondas the win with a first-round TKO over Allan Goes (Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil).
Reese Andy (Billings, Mont.) took a split decision from the
Anacondas’ Krzysztof Soszynski (Winnipeg, Manitoba) in the heavyweight bout to
complete the scoring at 3-2, L.A.

In the preliminary bouts which preceded the regular team competition,
Jason Palacios (San Antonio, Texas) of the Sabres scored a first-round
submission victory via rear naked choke over the Wolfpack’s Ian
Loveland (Gresham, Ore.). The Anacondas’ Conor Heun (Los Angeles) followed
with a submission triumph over Tristan Wit (Seattle) of the Tiger
Sharks, finishing an armbar with one second left in the first round.

The IFL next visits the Las Vegas Hilton, where the final playoff
positions will be determined as the Toronto Dragons battle the New York
Pitbulls and the host Nevada Lions take on the Tucson Scorpions.

About the IFL

International Fight League (IFL) is the world’s first professional
mixed martial arts sports league. IFL has its headquarters in New York
and offices in Las Vegas. For more information about IFL, please see:

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Everett Events Center, Everett, Wash., June 1, 2007

Sabres (3-0 team, 9-6 indiv.) def. Wolfpack (1-2, 7-8), 3-2
265 lb.: Orville Palmer, Sabres, def. Devin Cole, Wolfpack, via
decision (split), after 3 rounds

185 lb.: Matt Horwich, Wolfpack, def. Kazuhiro Hamanaka, Sabres, via
knockout (kick), 2:07, 1st
205 lb.: Vladimir Matyushenko, Sabres, def. Aaron Stark, Wolfpack via
TKO (strikes), 2:49, 1st
170 lb.: Antonio McKee, Sabres def. Mike Dolce, Wolfpack, via decision
(unanimous), after 3 rounds
155 lb.: Ryan Schultz, Wolfpack, def. Savant Young, Sabres, via
decision (unanimous), after 3 rounds

Anacondas (3-0, 11-4) def. Tiger Sharks (1-2, 8-7), 3-2
185 lb.: Benji Radach, Anacondas def. Bristol Marunde, Tiger Sharks,
via TKO (strikes), 1:28, 1st
155 lb.: Chris Horodecki, Anacondas, def. Shad Lierley, Tiger Sharks,
via decision (unanimous), after 3 rounds
170 lb.: Brad Blackburn, Tiger Sharks, def. Jay Hieron, Anacondas, via
TKO (strikes), 0:40, 1st
205 lb.: Alex Schoenauer, Anacondas def. Allan Goes, Tiger Sharks, via
TKO (strikes), 3:00, 1st
265 lb.: Reese Andy, Tiger Sharks, def. Krzysztof Soszynski, Anacondas,
via decision (split) after 3 rounds

Preliminary Bouts
155 lb.: Jason Palacios, Sabres, def. Ian Loveland, Wolfpack, via
submission (rear naked choke), 1:48, 1st
155 lb.: Conor Heun, Anacondas, def. Tristan Wit, Tiger Sharks, via
submission (armbar), 3:59, 1st

IFL Standings Through June 1
Team Overall Match
xAnacondas 3-0 11-4
xSabres 3-0 9-6
Pitbulls 2-0 7-3
Silverbacks 2-1 9-6
zCondors 2-1 8-7
Dragons 1-1 6-4
Lions 1-1 4-6
zTiger Sharks 1-2 8-7
zWolfpack 1-2 7-8
zScorpions 0-2 3-7
zRazorclaws 0-3 4-11
zRed Bears 0-3 4-11

x clinched Playoff spot
z eliminated from Playoff contention