Silverbacks, Tiger Sharks Win At IFL Moline

Jerry Milani sent along the following:


Miletich’s Hometown Favorites, Maurice Smith’s Seattle-based Squad
Keep Playoff Hopes Alive With Decisive Victories; Curran Takes

MOLINE, Ill., April 7, 2007 — The Tiger Sharks and Silverbacks kept
their respective International Fight League playoff hopes alive with
victories at the IFL regular season event at The MARK of the Quad Cities
in Moline, Ill., tonight before 5,308 spirited fans. The Tiger Sharks,
based in Seattle and coached by Maurice Smith, dispatched the Red
Bears, based in Chicago and coached by Igor Zinoviev, 4-1, while the
hometown Quad-Cities-based Silverbacks, mentored by Pat Miletich, took care of
the Nevada-based Lions, led by Ken Shamrock by the same 4-1 count.

The results leave the Tiger Sharks, Pitbulls and Lions with 1-1 team
records, while the Red Bears fell to 0-2. With identical 6-4 individual
marks, the Tiger Sharks and Silverbacks are tied for fifth place in the
overall standings, ahead of the Condors (5-5) and Lions (4-6). The top
four teams at the end of the regular season advance to the playoffs.

Shad Lierley (Seattle) got the Tiger Sharks off to a quick start with a
split decision over Mike Corey (St. Louis) in the lightweight bout.
Mark Miller (Chicago) moved the Red Bears even with a unanimous decision
over Brad Blackburn (Olympia, Wash.) in the welterweight division. In
the pivotal middleweight matchup, Bristol Marunde (Sequim, Wash.)
turned aside an early set of punches from John Kading, then unleashed a
barrage of strikes of his own for the first-round TKO and 2-1 Tiger Sharks
edge. With the match on the line, Allan Goes (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
finished the job by knocking out Homer Moore (Phoenix) in the second
round, turning around a match that Moore had dominated over the first
five minutes. Reese Andy (Billings, Mont.) completed the victory with a
workmanlike second-round submission triumph over Adam Maciejewski
(Krasnik, Poland).
The Silverbacks’ Rory Markham (Chicago) put the crowd in a frenzy
with an exciting third-round knockout of Pat Healy (St. Louis) in a
welterweight slugfest which saw both fighters score with big shots. Ryan
McGivern (Bettendorf, Iowa) then ground out a unanimous verdict over
Daniel Molina (Carson City, Nev.) for a 2-0 advantage for the hosts. Vernon
White (East Palo Alto, Calif.) secured a second-round submission from
Sam Hoger (Eagle River, Alaska) in another bout that seemed to be going
the other way when Hoger applied a choke of his own earlier in the
round before White escaped and turned the tables. Lions heavyweight Roy
Nelson (Las Vegas) gave Ben Rothwell (Milwaukee, Wis.) his toughest IFL
contest, with Rothwell grinding out a split decision, earning the
Silverbacks the team victory. Bart Palaszewski (Wonder Lake, Ill.) completed
the 4-1 score with a split decision over John Gunderson (Medford,

In the Superfight that followed, lightweight Jeff Curran (Crystal
Lakes, Ill.) topped Kevin English (Lake Station, Ind.) by submission in the
second round.

In the preliminary matchups which featured the alternate fighters,
Tristan Wit of the Tiger Sharks won via TKO over Pavel Zurochka of the Red
Bears when Zurochka failed to answer the bell for the third round, and
Rick Reeves of the Lions won via first-round submission over Luke
Johnson of the Silverbacks, securing a rear naked choke.

The IFL next visits Uncasville, Conn., on April 13, with the Dragons
vs. Scorpions and Pitbulls vs. Wolfpack, at Mohegan Sun Arena. Each of
the 12 IFL teams for 2007 will compete in three regular season events;
the teams with the top four overall win-loss team records will advance to
the semi-finals, which will be held on Thursday, August 2, at
Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J. The 2007 IFL Finals will
then be held at The Forum on Saturday, September 15.

The 10 venues for the 2007 season (The Forum will host two events) will
scale to between 7,000 and 13,000 seats, which has been consistent with
the IFL’s plan of managed growth.

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