It’s been a busy holiday season, but the International Fight League’s (IFL) World Team Championship could not go unnoticed. So I brought Tyson Rupprecht back to help me do a quick Basement Breakdown of the card. The IFL’s World Team Championship is the last event or trial run before the inaugural season starts in 2007. This championship was more or less a tournament to continue to work out the kinks and to continue to gain recognition in the sports world.
Superfight: Carlos Newton vs. Renzo Gracie
Collin- I like Renzo in this fight. He looks to be 100% dedicated to being a fighter once again. The win over Pat Miletich was a huge confidence boost. Gracie is already scheduled to fight Frank Shamrock on the premier of the Showtime promotion Elite Extreme. I think Gracie takes this by decision.
Tyson- Gracie might overlook Newton, so I’m giving the edge to Carlos in this one. Newton by decision.
Team Championship: Matt Lindland’s Portland Wolfpack vs. Pat Miletich’s Quad City Silverbacks.
The fight card is as follows:
155- Ryan Schultz (Wolfpack) vs. Bart Palaszewski (Silverbacks)
170- Chris Wilson (Wolfpack) vs. Rory Markham (Silverbacks)
185- Matt Horwich (Wolfpack) vs. Ryan McGivern (Silverbacks)
205- Aaron Stark (Wolfpack) vs. Mike Ciesnolevicz (Silverbacks)
HW- Devin Cole (Wolfpack) vs. Ben Rothwell (Silverbacks)
Collin- This is a very close call. This championship might come down to the order that which the fights take place. Like wrestling, the fight order will be drawn the day before the fights, so the usual start at 155 is not guaranteed. I’m taking Ryan Schultz over Palaszewski by a hard fought decision. Rory Markham will knock out Chris Wilson late in round three. Matt Horwich will submit Ryan McGivern by a head and arm triangle in round two. Aaron Stark will ground and pound a victory over Mike Ciesnolevicz. Ben Rothwell, will knock out Devin Cole late in round one. This would give the team championship to the Portland Wolfpack. I really believe that the team championship will come down to the winner of the Ryan Schultz/Bart Palaszewski bout.
Tyson- I've got Palaszewski, Wilson in the upset, McGivern, Mike C. and Cole winning for a Silverback 3-2 victory.
Erik Owings (1-1) of the New York Pit Bulls vs. Ed West (8-2) of the Tokyo Sabers
Collin- I like Owings by arm-bar in round two, West is a strong fighter, but Owings’a jiu-jitsu is too strong.
Tyson- I like Owings skills too, and he’ll squeeze out a decision.
Brent Beauparlant (4-2) of the Toronto Dragons vs. Andre Gusmao (2-0) of the New York Pit Bulls
Collin- Andre Gusmao will take out Brent Beauparlant with a head and arm triangle in round one.
Tyson- Agreed. Gusmao all the way.
Jamal Patterson (2-0) of the New York Pit Bulls vs. Reese Andy (3-1) of the Seattle Tiger
Collin- Reese Andy by tko round two.
Tyson- Look to see a nice display of raw talent. Jamal Patterson will get caught early.
Mike Whitehead (16-5) vs. Krysztof Soszynski (11-5-1) of the Los Angeles Anacondas
Collin- Soszynski is the second best heavyweight in the IFL behind Ben Rothwell. I like
Soszynski to ground and pound a win out late in round one.
Tyson- Whitehead’s fought a lot this past year, but all that experience won’t be enough against Soszynski.