SCHULTZ, PATTERSON, GRIGGS, BEAUPARLANT AMONG NOTABLES AS INTERNATIONAL FIGHT LEAGUE VISITS MOHEGAN SUN APRIL 13
Renzo Gracie’s N.Y. Pitbulls Take On 2006 Finalist Wolfpack; Carlos Newton’s Dragons Battle Don Frye’s Tucson Scorpions In Key Team Matchups; Same-Day Coverage To Be Broadcast On Fox Sports Net
NEW YORK and UNCASVILLE, Conn., April 2, 2007 – The International Fight League (OTC.BB: IFLI), the world’s first team-based professional mixed martial arts league, today announced the field for its event at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., set for Friday, April 13 at 8 p.m. The matchup between the Pitbulls, based in New York and coached by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend Renzo Gracie, taking on the 2006 IFL World Team Championship finalist, the Wolfpack, based in Portland, will be shown the same night on Fox Sports Net at 11 p.m. in most markets. The Dragons, coached by MMA legend Carlos Newton, battle the Scorpions, led by MMA and wrestling icon Don Frye, in the other team matchup on the 10-bout card.
The rosters for the four teams are dotted with IFL standouts, including Jamal Patterson of the Pitbulls (1-0 team, 4-1 individual), who will take on Matt Horwich of the Wolfpack (1-0, 3-2) in a light heavyweight battle that represents the first rematch in IFL history. Patterson defeated Horwich, then a member of the Tiger Sharks, at the IFL Legends Championship in April 2006. Another key bout in the Pitbulls-Wolfpack matchup pits heavyweights Bryan Vetell and Devin Cole. Wolfpack lightweight Ryan Schultz makes his return to the ring for the first time since a knockout loss at the IFL World Team Championship final at Mohegan Sun last December.
Among the intriguing matchups as the Dragons (0-1, 2-3) take on the Scorpions (0-1, 2-3) are the bouts between heavyweights Rafael Feijao and Chad Griggs, and between light heavyweights Wojtek Kaszowski and Mike Whitehead. Dragons middleweight Brent Beauparlant also takes on newcomer Seth Baczynski in a key matchup.
The evening is part of the full 11-event IFL 2007 schedule, the most comprehensive advance schedule in the history of fight sports. Below are the matchups (bout order to be determined by coaches’ choice prior to weigh-in):
Dragons (0-1 team, 2-3 indiv.) vs. Scorpions (0-1, 2-3)155 lb: Wagnney Fabiano (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) (1-0, 5-1) vs. Cam Ward (Tigard, Ore.) (0-1, 4-2)170 lb: Gideon Ray (Roselle, Ill.) (0-0, 12-5-1) vs. Gabe Casillas (Tucson, Ariz.) (0-0, 9-6)185 lb: Brent Beauparlant (Montreal, Quebec) (1-3, 4-4) vs. Seth Baczynski (Phoenix) (0-0, 4-3)205 lb: Wojtek Kaszowski (Winnipeg, Manitoba) (0-3, 0-5) vs. Mike Whitehead (Central Point, Ore.) (2-0, 17-5)265 lb: Rafael Feijao (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) (1-0, 3-0) vs. Chad Griggs (Tucson, Ariz.) (1-0, 5-0)
Wolfpack (1-0, 3-2) vs. Pitbulls (1-0, 4-1)155 lb: Ryan Schultz (North Platte, Neb.) (1-2, 14-9-1) vs. TBD170 lb: Mike Dolce (Gresham, Ore.) (1-0, 3-0) vs. Delson Heleno (2-1, 9-2)185 lb: Gerald Harris (Portland, Ore.) (0-0, 3-0) vs. Fabio Leopoldo (Sao Paulo, Brazil) (2-0, 4-1)205 lb: Matt Horwich (Gresham, Ore.) (2-2, 17-8-1) vs. Jamal Patterson (Hoboken, N.J.) (2-1, 2-1)265 lb: Devin Cole (Medford, Ore.) (2-4, 6-5) vs. Bryan Vetell (New York) (1-1, 1-1)
Tickets are available at the Mohegan Sun Box Office, through www.ifl.tv or via Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com, by telephone or at Ticketmaster outlets.
Each of the nine regular season IFL events will consist of four teams – each with an athlete in all five weight classes competing. 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 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.
About the IFL
International Fight League™ (IFL) is the world’s first professional mixed martial arts sports league. IFL has its headquarters in New York, NY and offices in Las Vegas, NV. For more information about IFL, please see: www.ifl.tv