ROSTERS ANNOUNCED AS INTERNATIONAL FIGHT LEAGUE HEADS TO LOS ANGELES FOR REGIONAL SHOWDOWN
Field Set As Condors vs. Sabres, Razorclaws vs. Anacondas Complete 10-Fight Card at Los Angeles Forum; All Four Teams Have Southern California Residents Competing
NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES, Calif., March 7, 2007 – The International Fight League (OTC.BB: IFLI), the world’s first team-based professional mixed martial arts league, today announced the 10-bout card at The Forum in Los Angeles, set for Saturday, March 17, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The event will feature the Condors of Southern California, led by MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend Marco Ruas facing off against the fresh strategies of Ken Yasuda’s Sabres, who are based in Tokyo but train in Los Angeles. The second match-up of the night will highlight the skills of the Razorclaws under Frank Shamrock as they take on Bas Rutten and his hometown Anacondas.
Some highlight bouts include a light heavyweight battle between Vladimir Matyushenko of the Sabres and Justin Levens of the Condors, and a lightweight matchup between Josh Odom of the Razorclaws and Chris Horodecki of the Anacondas. Eight of the athletes competing live full-time in Southern California, while several others reside there part-time.
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 for the Los Angeles event:
Sabres (Tokyo) (1-0) vs. Condors (Southern Calif.) (1-0)LW/155: Trenell “Savant” Young (Los Angeles) (1-0 IFL, 7-4 0verall) vs. Adam Lynn (Huntington Beach, Calif.) (0-1, 10-6)WW/170: Antonio McKee (Lakewood, Calif.) (1-0, 18-3-2) vs. Rodrigo Ruas (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) (0-0, 3-3-1)MW/185: Kazuhiro Hamanaka (Tokyo) (0-1, 4-3-1) vs. Jeremy Williams (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) (1-0, 6-2)LH/205: Vladimir Matyushenko (El Segundo, Calif.) (1-0, 16-3) vs. Justin Levens (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) 0-1, 9-4)HW/265: Wayne Cole (Oklahoma City) (0-0, 6-3) vs. Antoine Jaoude (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) (1-0, 5-2)
Razorclaws (San Jose) (0-1) vs. Anacondas (Los Angeles) (1-0)LW/155: Josh Odom (Tallahassee, Fla.) (1-1, 4-2) vs. Chris Horodecki (London, Ontario) (4-0, 8-0)WW/170: Donnie Liles (0-0, 7-2) vs. Jay Hieron (Las Vegas) (3-1, 11-3)MW/185: Brian Foster (Moreno Valley, Calif.) (1-1, 8-10) vs. Benji Radach (Coconut Creek, Fla.) (1-0, 13-3)LH/205: Brian Ebersole (San Jose, Calif.) (0-0, 27-12) vs. Alex Schoenauer (Las Vegas) (2-3, 10-7) HW/265: Dan Christison (Las Vegas) (0-0, 8-4) vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (Winnipeg, Manitoba) (2-2, 11-6-1)
Tickets are available 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 – 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, at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J. The 2007 IFL Finals will then be held at The Forum on Saturday, September 15.
The 10 venues for the 2007 season (The Forum 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.
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