5thRound.com was in attendance last night at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada as three titles were on the line. Here are the fight by fight results broken down by each round.
Ian Loveland vs. Dennis Davis
Davis did a solid job of pushing the pace early in the fight, landing a couple of nice combinations. Then Loveland landed a nice slam to bring Davis to the ground. However, Davis was crafty enough to work his way into an armbar attempt. The reminder of the round was fairly exciting with both fighters jostling for top position. Close call, but 5th Round awards that to Loveland for more aggressive submission attempts.
Loveland connected with a nice right hand to Davis’ ear dazing him. Loveland was then able to catch Davis in a guillotine choke to end the fight at :58 in the 2ndRound by tapout.
Rafael Dias vs. Santino DeFranco
Dias dominated the fight from start to finish. He put on a Jiu Jitsu clinic on Defranco as he maintained dominant position going for submission after submission throughout. Diaz was finishing able to finish off DeFranco by tapout via rear naked choke at 2:03 in the 1stRound.
Leopaldo Serao vs. Josh Haynes
Haynes connected with a nice left hook to bring Serao to the mat. Understnading that he has a major disadvantage on the ground, he let Serao stand back up. Haynes later connected with another nice head shot that sentao to the mat. Once again, Haynes let him stand back up. There is no doubt what Seroa wants to do in this fight, attempting multiple takedowns and even pulling guard. He had a nice gogoplata attempt, but Haynes was able to step out of it. Haynes dominated the round as Serao spent most of the round on his back hoping Haynes would take it to the ground. Round to Haynes, easily.
Not much activitiy as Seroa tried for multiple takedowns. The boos were raining down almost as fast as Seroa falling to the mat, trying to pull guard. Haynes catches him with a right overhand bringing Seroa to the mat. Haynes then backs away, refusing to make this a ground game. Serao is finally able to pull Haynes into his guard, however, Haynes was able to land some heavy blows in a Ground N’ Pound. 2-0 Haynes.
Unanimous Decision goes to Haynes
Much of the same as the first round, however Seroa is able to get Haynes’ back and tries for multiple rear naked attempts. Haynes is doing a great job in avoiding being submitted, as he finally steps away and lands a nice combination. Seroa may have gotten that round for aggressive submission attempts.
Alexandre “Cacareco” Ferreira vs. Lew Polley
Polley lands a couple of nice hands, however as the fighers Cacareco catches Polley in a standing guillotine and the fight is stopped before it really began. Cacareco wins via tapout at :40 in the 1stRound.
Jake Ellenberger vs. Pat Healy
Ellenberger lands a couple of nice combinations, then a strong right hook. Haely is able to pull guard and the fight is taken to the mat. Not too much activity on the ground as Ellenberger is active inside of Haely’s open guard. Ellenberger lands a heavy right elbow. Ellenberger did a solid job of controlling the top position and won the round pretty easily.
Ellenberger lands another set of nice combinations and follows that up with a nice knee knocking Haely’s mouthpiece out. The then grabs Haely in the clinch and lands a solid knee to the body. The fight makes its way to the ground and is very similar to the 1stRound with Ellenberger inflicting all the damage. Haely is finally able to get the fight back up, but Ellenberger slams him back to the mt, landing in a more dominant half guard position. Ellenberger 2-0
As Ellenberger misses a head kick, Haely is able to catch him off balance and is able to take him down. Sensing that he is down badly, Haely comes out extra aggressive, however finds himself giving up his back. Haely’s fighting spirit comes out as he lands a couple of nice shots in the guard however Ellenberger is able to get the fight back up and slams Haely back to the mat. The fighters slug it out to end and exciting 3rdRound. Haely made it a lot closer than the prevoius two rounds, and could have pulled that one out. Either way, Ellenberger should have won 2-1 on the 5thRound scorecards.
Unanimous Decision goes to Ellenberger
Ryan Schultz (Lightweight Champion) vs. John Gunderson
Gunderson gets Schultz pinned against the ropes, trying for a single leg. Shultsz is able to take Gunderson to the mat with strong double underhooks, landing in the half guard. Schultz goes for a couple big swings in the guard, but comes up empty as he stands over Gunderson finally landing a couple of shots to the face as the round ends with Shults on top in the half guard. Not too exciting of a round, Schultz 1-0.
Gunderson lands a nice left hook to the face as he picks Schultz up and brings him to the mat, landing in Schultz’ half guard and guillotine attempt. Gunderson was never in any real danger and is able to escape, as the fighters exchange top position. Schultz has Gunderson pinned in the corner as there is little activity on the ground. The bell rings with the fighters in the exact same position as the 1stRound. Schultz on top and winning the round. Schults up 2-0, but it is close.
The 3rdRound starts with Schultz slamming Gunderson to the mat. Not too much activity on the ground, however, Schultz is able to avance his position into a half guard preventing the Ref to stand the fighters up. Gunderson goes for a guillotine attempt, but Schultz has an underhook in and is able to escape without harm. Schultz dominates the round, keeping Gunderson in his half guard throughout the round. Another round ends similar to the first two. 3-0 Schultz.
Gunderson lands a nice right hook and is able to take Schultz to the mat, landing in his half guard. As Schultz tries to stand back up, Gunderson slams him back to the mat. Knowing that he is down on the cards, Gunderson has done a fantastic job of maintaining top position, however is unable to inflict much damage. He ends the round with a couple of soid knees to Schultz’ body. Could be Gunderson’s victorious round.
The championship round starts with the most excitment that the fight has seen with Gunderson pulling Schultz into his guard attempting a tight guillotine choke. Schultz looked to be in some danger, however was able to escape and reverse top position. After inactivity, the Ref finally stands the fighters up, however Schultz takes the fight immediately to the ground landing in side mount. The fight ends with Schultz in Gunderson’s full guard. The fight didn’t quite live up to expectaction, 5thRound scores the fight 4-1 with Schultz retaining his Lightweight belt.
Unanimous decision in favor of Schultz 49-46. Schultz remains IFL Lightweight Champion
Fabiano Scherner vs. Roy Nelson (Heavyweight Champion)
The fight starts with both fighters feeling each other out, and Nelson going for a single leg and is able to take Scherner down. Not much activity from either fighter as Nelson ends up in side control. As the fighers make it back to their feet, Nelson throws Scherner down with an emphatic slam and ends the fight as with two powerful punches to Scherner’s face. Ref stops the fight at 3:20 in the 2ndRound.
Matt Horwich (Middleweight Champion) vs. Ryan McGivern
Fight starts off as the most exciting title fight of the night as both fights stand in the center of the ring exchanging, with no one really gaining an advantage. McGivern is able to take Horwich to the mat via hip toss, but allows the champin back on his feet. There wasn’t too much activity in the middle of the round, but the round ended the same way that it began, with both fighters slugging it out. Close round, may have to give it to McGivern for the takedown, however, Horwich did land the best strike of the night with a leg kick to the body.
McGivern takes the fight to the mat as he ends up in a twister side guard. McGivern goes for a kimora but it is not a real threat due to his leg being stuck in half guard. He is able to dominate top control when the champion was able to get McGivern in a crucifix, eventually rolling him over to end the round in an omoplata attempt. McGivern was saved by the bell. Champ wins this round, they are now tied 1-1
Not too much activity in the 3rdRound, although both fighters are throwing bombs. McGivern lands a nice body shot and the champ answers back with a left head kick and a flurry, but to too damaging. Another close round, but the flurry that Horwich threw may have won him the round.
Horwich comes out swinging, landing some nice combinations. McGivern answers back with some nice strikes of his own as both fightes find themselves locked in a clinch. McGivern lands a solid right uppercut that seems to stun Horwich, and he is able to take the champion down. As the fighters make their way to their feet, McGivern lands another wicked uppercut that certainly did some damage. This could very well be a 2-2 tied heading into the Championship Round.
Both fighters sensing that the fight is close, they come out swinging with McGivern winning the exchanges. McGivern clearly looks like the fresher of the two fighters as his strikes are much crisper and accurate. Not too much activity in the final round as the two jostle in the corner for under hook advantage. McGivern lands another right uppercut, his third one of the night. It looks like we could be looking at a new champion. 5thRound has it scores 3-2 in favor of the challenger.
Unanimous Decision in favor of McGivern, New IFL Middleweight Champion