IFL Announces Card for Houston Event on February 2nd

The International Fight League announced today the 11-bout card for their February 2nd event at Houston’s Reliant Arena.  The event will pit Bas Rutten’s Los Angeles Anacondas against the 2006 World Champion Silverbacks, coached by Pat Miletich, as well as Antonio Inoki’s Tokyo Sabres squaring off against Don Frye’s newly-minted Tucson Scorpions.

In addition to the two team match ups, the event will include a much-anticipated superfight between top middleweights Matt “The Law” Lindland and Carlos “Ronin” Newton.  Lindland, who is considered by many to be the world’s best middleweight, is coming off a TKO victory over journeyman fighter Jeremy Horn in September. Newton is fresh off a controversial decision loss to Pitbulls coach Renzo Gracie at the World Team Championships in December.

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IFL Announcements

Today the International Fight League announced that they would be adding four new coaches and heavy-handed slugger Robbie Lawler would be making his IFL debut in a superfight against Eduardo Pamplona.

The four coaches that were introduced to the crowd were PRIDE and UFC veteran Dan Henderson, South Korean judoka and martial arts instructor Doo B. Park, BJJ expert and PRIDE veteran Mario Sperry, and finally K-1 kickboxing legend Jerome LeBanner.

The IFL also announced that UFC and PRIDE veteran “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler would be taking on Eduardo Pamplona February 23rd in Atlanta, Georgia. Pamplona was originally scheduled to face UFC veteran Ivan Salaverry but the fight was cancelled when the UFC purchased the WFA contracts which included Salaverry.

IFL Weigh-In Results

Here are the IFL weigh-in results and pictures.

Ryan Schultz (Wolfpack) - 154.75 lbs.
Bart Palaszewski (Silverbacks) - 155 lbs.

Rory Markham (Wolfpack) - 169.25 lbs.
Chris Wilson (Silverbacks) - 170 lbs.

Matt Horwich (Wolfpack) - 185.75 lbs.
Ryan McGivern (Silverbacks) - 184.25 lbs.

Light Heavyweight
Aaron Stark (Wolfpack) - 205.25 lbs.
Mike Ciesnolevicz (Silverbacks) - 205 lbs.

Devin Cole (Wolfpack) - 237 lbs.
Ben Rothwell (Silverbacks) - 264 lbs.

Alternates - Middleweight
Jake Ellenberger (Wolfpack) - 183 lbs.
Ben Uker (Silverbacks) - 185 lbs.

Superfight - Middleweight
Carlos Newton (Dragons) - 184.75 lbs.
Renzo Gracie (Pitbulls) - 184 lbs.

Intra-League Fights
Erik Owings (Pitbulls) - 154.25 lbs.
Ed West (Sabres) - 151 lbs.

Light Heavyweight
Brent Beauparlant (Dragons) - 205 lbs.
Andre Gusmao (Pitbulls) - 204.75 lbs.

Light Heavyweight
Jamal Patterson (Pitbulls) - 204.5 lbs.
Reese Andy (Tiger Sharks) - 205 lbs.

Mike Whitehead (Scorpions) - 262.5 lbs.
Krzysztof Soszynski (Anacondas) - 235.25 lbs.

Fight Opinion Christmas Show

Be sure to make your way over to Fight Opinion and tune in to their special Christmas edition of Fight Opinion Radio.

The 3 hour show features interviews with the likes of Kenny Florian, Bas Rutten, Jeff Osbourne, Jake Sheilds and many others. The guests provide interesting stories which make for an excellent show. Props to the folks at Fight Opinion.

Jeremy Horn Set to Return

UFC and PRIDE veteran Jeremy “Gumby” Horn will make his return to the ring after a short lived retirement. Earlier this year Horn suffered a KO loss to the hands of Matt Lindland and after the fight he stated that he’d be retiring and he’d consider his options in a year. Well folks, it looks like Mr. Horn had second thoughts about his decision…

Jeremy Horn will return to the ring when he faces UFC veteran Falaniko Vitale on the January 19th IFL card. The card was originally expected to be headlined by a bout between Ivan Salaverry and Eduardo Pamplona but with the UFC’s recent purchase of the WFA, Salaverry has been put in a situation where he will be required to fight for the UFC only.

“60 Minutes” to Air Report on MMA

The IFL has announced that CBS’ “60 Minutes” will air a segment on mixed martial arts, featuring IFL coaches Pat Miletich and Renzo Gracie.

CBS’ “60 Minutes” will air a segment on the growing popularity of mixed martial arts, featuring IFL coaches and MMA legends Pat Miletich and Renzo Gracie this Sunday, December 10th at 7 p.m. EST.

The segment, done by “60 Minutes” reporter Scott Pelley, takes an in-depth look at the nuances of MMA and why it has become the fighting sport of choice for America and the world.

IFL Receives Approval from NSAC

NEW YORK - The International Fight League, the world’s first team-based professional mixed martial arts league, today announced that it has received permission from the Nevada State Athletic Commission to conduct MMA events in the state, beginning in 2007. IFL Commissioner and co-founder Kurt Otto and President and co-founder Gareb Shamus met with the commission on Tuesday in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“We are very grateful that this process is completed, and that the commission has given us permission to move forward and schedule events,” Otto and Shamus said in a joint statement. “It is another important step forward for the IFL as we grow and develop our business model, and its great news for both the fans of the sport and our business partners, since Nevada is the epicenter of all fight sports and the commission is made up of some of the most respected people not only in the fight world, but in all of professional sports.”

The approval by the Nevada commission is the latest in a series of solid business developments for the IFL. Other recent announcements in the last week have included:

. The addition of the 12th and final team for 2007 (the Red Bears based in Chicago)
. The announcement of the full 2007 IFL schedule
. The move to make the IFL a publicly-traded company

The 11 date slate will include events in eight different states and begins with four teams, including the Nevada-based Lions (coached by legend Ken Shamrock (Pictures)) facing the San Jose-based Razorclaws (coached by his brother, world champion Frank Shamrock (Pictures)) at the ORACLE Coliseum on Friday January 19 in Oakland, California. Ken Shamrock (Pictures) recently held an open tryout in Reno for team hopefuls, and attracted over 150 competitors to the half-day event.

The IFL has announced 10 of the 11 sites thus far, and will announce the final site (to be held in mid-June of 2007) in the next week to 10 days.

IFL Signs Ivan Salaverry

The International Fight League has announced that they have signed UFC veteran Ivan Salaverry to participate in an upcoming superfight against Eduardo Pamplona.

The event will take place January 19th in Oakland, California when the Condors battle the Tigersharks and the Lions throw down with the Razorclaws.

IFL World Team Championship Semi-Finals Live Blog

I know it’s a little late for this but the “super-fights” haven’t even gone on yet so I thought what the heck…

This is going to be a little different then our regular live blogs. I’m not actually watching the event, I’m just posting the results as well as my thoughts at certain points.

Just so I don’t get in trouble with anyone, I’m using Sherdog as my source. Well, let’s get started…

1:05 AM - Time to get caught up. Here are the results so far…

Bart Palaszewski defeated Ivan Menjivar - Split Decision
Rory Markham defeated Keith Wisniewski - TKO (Corner Stoppage)
Joe Doerksen over Ryan McGivern - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Mike Ciesnolevicz defeated Brent Beauparlant - Submission (Guillotine)
Ben Rothwell over Wojtek Kaszowski - Submission (Keylock)
Chris Horodecki over Ryan Schultz - TKO (Strikes)
Chris Wilson beat Jay Hieron - Unanimous Decision

1:10 AM - Some random thoughts…

- In case you haven’t heard today, The IFL announced Ken Shamrock and Ian Freeman as new coaches. Also MMA Weekly is reporting via an interview with IFL President Gareb Shamus that the promotion will be having a Grand Prix event at the end of the season…

- It’s nice to see Doerksen and Rothwell continue to their winning ways. I think that Rothwell will probably take the heavyweight crown at this Grand Prix event when it comes around…

1:18 AM - Matt Horwich has defeated Mike Pyle by Rear Naked Choke in the second round of their fight.

1:25 AM - With the above results, the Quad City Silverbacks have defeated the Toronto Dragons.

- I’m guessing that puts the Silverbacks in the championship against the winner of the Anacondas/Wolfpack matchup…

1:43 AM - Sorry about that folks, got distracted a little bit there…

- It has been announced that Aaron Stark has submitted Alex Schoenauer with a guillotine choke in the second round.

1:48 AM - I wonder if the IFL has given any consideration to contacting Dan Severn about coaching a team. I know that he is still actively fighting but maybe he would like an offer to settle down for a while and maybe consider finally retiring.

1:52 AM - Krysztof Soszynski has defeated Devin Cole in by heavyweight matchup, submitting him with an armbar in the second round.

- I’m really surprised how well rounded these heavyweights are with their submissions - you usually don’t see that with the bigger guys for the most part…

2:04 AM - With Soszynski’s victory, the Portland Wolfpack have defeated the Los Angeles Anacondas.

The Wolfpack will now meet the Anacondas in the championship set to take place on December 29th.

2:05 AM - I made a comment yesterday about the IFL pairing up with Sandals resorts…

My girlfriend’s neighbor won a free car from Sandals. The only drawback? The car is painted with an ocean scene and has ‘Sandals’ all over the car about 20 times…

Keep in mind that I’m seeing this stuff in the suburbs, I can only imagine what the advertising must be like in the city of Philadelphia. Sandals is blowing up, marketing geniuses in the new age, I say!

2:30 AM - I’m really getting tired but I’ll stick it out for anyone that is hopefully reading.

- The results of the first super-fight of the night are in: Allan Goes is victorious over Daniel Gracie by way of TKO in the second round. Strange, I thought that the winner would finish the fight by a submission if it went that route. Both fighters are well-rounded however, I should have thought twice.

3:00 AM - The event is now over…

- Mike Whitehead disposed over Mark Kerr rather quickly, stopping him in the first round with strikes. Again, I must say that the heavyweights in this organization are rather impressive…

3:01 AM - Time to pass out, later peoples…

IFL Announces Plans for Grand Prix

The IFL made a pretty big announcement on MMA Weekly Radio this week, laying out plans for a Grand Prix at the end of this season.

IFL President Gareb Shamus broke down the format in which the event would take place on the program:

“After the season, we’re going to have a Grand Prix tournament. We’re going to take the top four guys in each weight class and have one event that narrows it down to the top two guys in each weight class. Then we’ll have a finals where we’ll narrow it down to the top guy in each weight class. This way we will have our champion.”

That’s a pretty good way of handing out belts in my opinion…

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