ROSTERS ANNOUNCED AS INTERNATIONAL FIGHT LEAGUE IS FIRST TO BRING TEAM MIXED MARTIAL ARTS COMPETITION TO THE ATLANTA AREA
The Arena at Gwinnett Center to host four-team event coached by Matt Lindland, Renzo Gracie, Carlos Newton and Igor Zinoviev on February 23; Lawler and Pamplona To Battle In Superfight
NEW YORK and ATLANTA, January 15, 2007 – The International Fight League (OTC.BB: IFLI), the world’s first team-based professional mixed martial arts league, today announced the 11-bout card for its first event in the Southeast, on Friday, February 23, at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga., beginning at 7:30 p.m. The matchups at The Arena at Gwinnett Center will include the Portland, Ore., based Wolfpack, coached by Olympic silver medalist Matt Lindland, taking on the Dragons, based in Toronto, Ontario and coached by world champion Carlos Newton. The second team matchup will feature the New York-based Pitbulls, coached by world jiu-jitsu champion Renzo Gracie, taking on the Chicago-based Red Bears, a team of Russian athletes led by Igor Zinoviev.
In addition, UFC veteran Robbie Lawler (Davenport, Iowa) will battle one of Brazil’s best in Eduardo Pamplona (Sao Paulo, Brazil) in a highly-anticipated Superfight following the team competition.
The evening is part of the full 11-event IFL 2007 schedule, the most comprehensive advance schedule in the history of fight sports. The matchups are as follows:
Dragons (Toronto) vs. Wolfpack (Portland) (IFL Record, Overall)155 lb: Wagnney Fabiano (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) (0-0, 4-1) vs. Ryan Schultz (North Platte, Neb.) (1-2, 14-9-1)170 lb: Claude Patrick (Mississauga, Ontario) (1-0, 6-1) vs. Chris Wilson (Portland, Ore.) (2-1, 11-3)185 lb: Brent Beauparlant (Montreal, Quebec) (1-2, 4-3) vs. Matt Horwich (Gresham, Ore.) (2-2, 17-8-1)205 lb: Wojtek Kaszowski (Winnipeg, Manitoba) (0-2, 0-4) vs. Aaron Stark (Portland, Ore.) (2-1, 3-3)265 lb: Rafael Feijao (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) (0-0, 2-0) vs. Devin Cole (Medford, Ore.) (2-3, 6-4)
Red Bears (Chicago) vs. Pitbulls (New York)155 lb: Gocha Markoziya (Russia) (0-0, 1-1) vs. Erik Owings (New York) (2-1, 2-1)170 lb: Mark Miller (Chicago) (0-0, 5-1) vs. Delson Heleno (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) (1-1, 7-2)185 lb: Andrei Semenov (Russia) (0-0, 25-8-2) vs. Fabio Leopoldo (Sao Paulo, Brazil) (1-0, 3-1)205 lb: Alexander Zubachev (Russia) (0-0, 0-0) vs. Jamal Patterson (Belvedere, N.J.) (2-1, 2-1)265 lb: Dmitry Zabolotny (Russia) (0-0, 0-1) vs. Bryan Vetell (New York) (0-1, 0-1)
Superfight185: Robbie Lawler (Davenport, Iowa) (0-0, 12-4) vs. Eduardo Pamplona (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
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Each of the nine regular season IFL events will consist of four teams – each with an athlete in all five weight classes competing – along with a special Superfight, for a minimum of 11 bouts per card. The team that wins the best three of five match setup will be declared the team winner for the match, similar to collegiate and high school wrestling meets. The IFL also differs from other MMA organizations in that the bouts are held in an oversized five-rope boxing ring with three, four-minute rounds, each designed to create the most compelling in-arena experience for local fans.
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, 2007 at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J. The 2007 IFL Finals will then be held at The Forum in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 15, 2007.
The 10 venues for the 2007 season (The Forum in Los Angeles 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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