IFL Results (12/29) – Silverbacks Win, Gracie Beats Newton

Press Release:

SILVERBACKS CLAIM INTERNATIONAL FIGHT LEAGUE WORLD TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

Three Straight KO’s Lead to Win Before Near-Capacity Crowd; Gracie
Tops Newton In Main Superfight

UNCASVILLE, Conn., December 29, 2006– The Silverbacks, coached by Pat
Miletich and based in Quad Cities, Iowa/Ill., defeated the Wolfpack,
coached by Matt Lindland and based in Portland, Ore., to claim the 2006
International Fight League World Team Championship title with a 4-1
victory in tonight’s final at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. In
addition, Renzo Gracie (Holmdel, N.J.), coach of the New York-based
Pitbulls, edged Carlos Newton (Newmarket, Ontario), coach of the
Toronto-based Dragons, by split decision in the headline Superfight. The mixed
martial arts competition was seen by a near-capacity crowd of 6,825.

In the team event, which was contested in the order determined by
coaches following a coin toss, the Silverbacks’ Mike Ciesnolevicz
(Williamstown, Pa.) defeated Aaron Stark (Portland, Ore.) at light heavyweight,
using a vicious kick at the start of the third round to stun Stark,
leading to a guillotine choke that led to the referee stopping the bout
just over a minute into the final round. Heavyweight Ben Rothwell
(Kenosha, Wis.) gave the Silverbacks a 2-0 lead with a knockout of Devin Cole
(Medford, Ore.) with a strong finishing right kick after dominating
most of the first round. At 155 lbs., Bart Palaszewski (Wonderlake, Ill.)
clinched the Championship with a second-round knockout against Ryan
Schultz (Eagle Creek, Ore.), breaking open an even bout with a big right
hand to the jaw during a heated exchange, finishing with several
unguarded blows to the ground. Ryan McGivern (Bettendorf, Iowa) and Matt
Horwich (Gresham, Ore.) battled for three rounds in the middleweight
division,
with the Silverbacks’ McGivern earning the unanimous decision. The
highly-anticipated welterweight battle between Rory Markham (Chicago) and
Chris Wilson (Portland, Ore.) went to Wilson via first-round technical
knockout, as the Wolfpack averted the sweep.

In addition to the Gracie-Newton Superfight, four intraleague
Superfights involving IFL athletes supplemented the card. Erik Owings (New
York) of the Pitbulls topped Ed West (Tucson, Ariz.) of the Scorpions in a
unanimous decision. In a pair of light heavyweight fights, Andre
Gusmao (New York) of the Pitbulls out-slugged Brent Beauparlant (Montreal)
of the Dragons, winning by unanimous decision in a highly entertaining
bout, followed by the Tiger Sharks’ Reese Andy (Billings, Mont.)
registering a second-round TKO over the Pitbulls’ Jamal Patterson
(Hoboken, N.J.). In a heavyweight battle, Mike Whitehead (Central Point, Ore.)
of the Scorpions defeated Krzysztof Soszynski (Winnipeg, Manitoba) of
the Anacondas by unanimous decision.

The team Finals were preceded by several intra-league Superfights,
pitting members of other IFL squads. In a preliminary fight between the
alternates on the competing teams, Jake Ellenberger (Omaha, Neb.) of the
Wolfpack defeated Ben Uker (Bettendorf, Iowa) of the Silverbacks with a
second-round TKO.

The event can be seen on Fox Sports Net (U.S.) on New Year’s Eve, and
on Rogers Sportsnet (Canada) on Jan. 6. Check local listings or
www.ifl.tv for times in each region.
The IFL is the world’s first team-based professional mixed martial
arts league. The circuit begins its first full season of competition in
January 2007. The Silverbacks begin their 2007 season in Houston on
Feb. 2, when they take on the Anacondas, coached by Bas Rutten and based
in Los Angeles. The Wolfpack open on Feb. 23 in Atlanta vs. Newton’s
Dragons (Toronto).

The Wolfpack had advanced to the final with victories over the Tiger
Sharks (Seattle) in September and the Anacondas (Los Angeles) in
November. The Silverbacks’ path to the final went through the Pitbulls (New
York) in September and the Dragons (Toronto) last month.

IFL World Team Championship Final, Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn., Dec. 29, 2006
Event Results

Alternate Bout:
Jake Ellenberger, Wolfpack, def. Ben Uker, Silverbacks, by TKO, 1:44 in
Round 2, (ref stoppage)

Intraleague Superfights
LW/155: Erik Owings, Pitbullls, def. Ed West, Scorpions, by decision
(unanimous), after three rounds
LH/205: Andre Gusmao, Pitbulls def. Brent Beauparlant, Dragons, by
decision (unanimous), after three rounds
LH/205: Reese Andy, Tiger Sharks, def. Jamal Patterson, Pitbulls, by
TKO (ref stoppage), 3:24 in Round 2
HW/265: Mike Whitehead, Scorpions, def. Krzysztof Soszynski, Anacondas,
by decision (unanimous) after three rounds

Silverbacks (Quad Cities) defeated Wolfpack (Portland), 4-1
LH/205: Mike Ciesnelovicz, Silverbacks, def. Aaron Stark, Wolfpack by
TKO (guillotine choke/ref stoppage), 1:03 in Round 3
HW/265: Ben Rothwell, Silverbacks, def. Devin Cole, Wolfpack, by
knockout (kick), 3:16 in Round 1
LW/155: Bart Palaszewski, Silverbacks, def. Ryan Schultz, Wolfpack, by
knockout (strikes), 2:16 in Round 2
MW/185: Ryan McGivern, Silverbacks, def. Matt Horwich, Wolfpack, by
decision (unanimous), after three rounds.
WW/170: Chris Wilson, Wolfpack, def. Rory Markham, Silverbacks, by TKO
(ref stoppage), 2:14 in Round 1.

Main Superfight
MW/185: Renzo Gracie def. Carlos Newton, by decision (split), after
three rounds

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