Ken Shamrock and Ian Freeman to Coach in the IFL

The International Fight League has announced that UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock and UFC veteran Ian Freeman have been added of the IFL roster as the newest coaches.

The organization announced Ian Freeman’s name yesterday at the weigh-ins for tonight’s event. Freeman’s team will be named the British Bulldogs and they will officially join the season participation in 2008.

Tonight Ken Shamrock was announced as the other coach when the IFL held a press conference shortly before the beginning of their show.

IFL Adds Sandals Resorts As Strategic Partner

The International Fight League has announced that it has added Sandals Resorts as its latest strategic partner.

Sandals will participate in on-line contests and in-arena giveaways and promotions beginning with the IFL “World Team Championship” semi-final event at Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon on Thursday, November 2. The first full IFL season will begin in the first quarter of 2007.

The IFL will be giving away trips to select Sandals resorts in the Caribbean during their live events, and the athlete that is chosen as “Fight of the Night” will also receive his own free trip. Sandals will also create a special promotion on IFL.tv and receive signage on the canvas as part of the partnership.

Ivan Menjivar Joins the Toronto Dragons

During APEX: A Night of Champions this past weekend, Carlos Newton and his IFL squad were called into the ring to present their IFL team. Included in the group was lightweight fighter Ivan Menjivar who is coming off of a tough loss in K-1 to Caol Uno.

IFL to Host Gracie vs. Newton

The International Fight League has announced that former UFC welterweight champion Carlos Newton will face off against K-1 and PRIDE veteran Renzo Gracie at 2006 World Team Championship final. The event will be held at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, on Friday, December 29 at 7 p.m. The two fighters fought once in the past at PRIDE Bushido 1 in a fight that saw Carlos Newton earn the unanimous decision victory.

Newton recently made his return to MMA against Tokimitsu Ishizawa in K-1 after a two year layoff. Newton was successful in his return knocking his opponent out at 0:22 of the first round.

Gracie much like Newton recently returned to MMA after spending over a year on the sidelines. Gracie fought Pat Miletich at IFL-Gracie vs. Miletich and won via the guillotine choke at 3:37 of the first round.

Kazushi Sakuraba Out

K-1 promoter Fight Entertainment Group held a press conference today to break the news that Kazushi Sakuraba will not be fighting on the October 9th HERO’S card at Yokohama Arena.

Earlier this week Sakuraba was rushed to the hospital by one of his training partners because he was suffering from dizzy spells and vomiting during training. When Sakuraba began to feel ill, Minoru Toyonaga who is Sakuraba’s friend and training partner, rushed him to the hospital.

Sakuraba does not have any brain damage but he has sustained damage to his vertebrobasilar system, which is responsible for blood flow to the brain.

All of this spouted from Sakuraba’s last fight against Kestutis Smirnovas. Sakuraba took enormous amounts of damage in the fight before finally pulling off the submission.

IFL: Miletich vs. Gracie Results

Here are the results from IFL - Miletich vs. Gracie

- Delson Heleno def. Ben Uker TKO (Strikes)
- Dennis Hallman def. Jeff Quinlan Decision (Majority)
- Bart Palaszewski def. Marcio Feitosa Decision (Split)
- Rory Markham def. Marcelo Azevedo TKO (Strikes)
- Fabio Leopoldo def. Ryan McGivern Submission (Kneebar)
- Andre Gusmao def. Mike Ciesnolevicz TKO (Strikes)
- Ben Rothwell def. Bryan Vetell KO (Punch)
- Josh Odam def. Rob Di Censo TKO (Strikes)
- Claude Patrick def. Ray Steinbeiss Submission (Guillotine choke)
- Joe Doerksen def. Brian Foster Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
- Brent Beauparlant def. Raphael Davis Decision (Unanimous)
- Travis Wiuff def. Wojtek Kaszowski Decision (Unanimous)
- Renzo Gracie def. Pat Miletich Submission (Guillotine choke) 

IFL Announcements

Tonight at the International Fight League weigh-ins IFL commissioner Kurt Otto announced that Don Frye and Marco Ruas have been signed on to be coaches in the IFL. Otto also announced two superfights which were Mark Kerr vs. Mike Whitehead and Daniel Gracie vs. Allan Goes.

Legends Collide

“The Croatian Sensation” Pat Miletich will be making his long awaited return to mixed martial arts Friday night when he clashes with fellow legend and MMA pioneer Renzo Gracie.

Miletich has spent the past three years with his mind focused on training others and not himself. Instead of getting himself ready for a fight every month he has spent heaps of time working will all of his students taking their games to the next level.

Fans last saw Miletich in action when he entered the octagon against Matt “The Law” Lindland. Lindland made fairly easy work of Miletich dominating him and earning the early TKO win. After that fight it was rumored that Miletich would step into the cage against Matt Hughes’s arch rival Frank Trigg at WFA 3 but Miletich was forced to drop the fight due to an injury he was suffering from.

Since that time Miletich has put his fighting career on the shelf and focused his thoughts elsewhere. His reason for taking a break from the rigorous training and fighting was so he could get some rest and heal some chronic injuries he was suffering from. Well folks, the IFL has come and smashed that shelf down and Mr. Miletich is back and ready.

Pat Miletich sports a mixed martial arts record of 28-6-2 with 18 of his victories coming by submission. Miletich brings tons of experience to the ring being a veteran of the UFC, Rings, SuperBrawl along with other smaller organizations. Miletich holds victories over top fighters such as John Alessio, Mikey Burnett, Chris Brennan, Shoine Carter along with others.

Pat Miletich is a 3rd degree blackbelt in Shuri-ryu karate and a BJJ blackbelt under Oswaldo Alves. Miletich held the UFC welterweight belt from Oct of 98 until May of 01 when he was eventually defeated by Canadian welterweight ace Carlos Newton.

Coming into this fight you can expect Miletich to be ready. He has surrounded himself and his fighters with the people you need to succeed. Miletich’s camp is responsible for producing former/current champions such as Tim Sylvia, Matt Hughes, Jens Pulver, Rich Franklin (close ties) and of course Miletich himself is the former UFC welterweight champion.

Not only does Miletich Fighting System’s has some of the world’s most dominant MMA champions, they also are home to a slew of tough up and comers such as Spencer Fisher, Josh Neer, Rory Markham, Robbie Lawler and more.

One thing fans should keep in mind is the intensity that would have been present at the camp coming into this fight. Not only is Miletich preparing for his return to MMA, he also has his IFL team training along with UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes and former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver preparing for their respective battles. You can expect everyone to be ready.

No matter how well prepared Miletich is come Saturday night, it’ll be a challenge to stop Gracie Jiu-Jitsu ace Renzo Gracie.

The IFL has shown they are here to stay by not only talking Pat Miletich in to return to MMA but also signed fellow legend Renzo Gracie. Along with Gracie and Miletich there has been talk and rumors that the IFL will be getting the like of Maurice Smith, Carlos Newton, and Bas Rutten to fight.

Anyways back to the topic at hand. Renzo Gracie sports a mixed martial arts record of 10-6-1 with 6 of his victories coming by submission. Unfortunately Gracie hasn’t had the best of luck the past few years dropping 6 of his last 7 fights.

Much like Miletich, Gracie brings some excellent experience to the ring. Though he doesn’t have near the amount of fights as Miletich, Gracie is still a veteran of Pride and K-1.

Coming into the fight Gracie has been fairly inactive much like his opponent with only three fights since 2002, all of which were decision losses. Both fighters will enter the fight with some ring rust but we shouldn’t expect that to last long for either guy.

Even though Gracie has dropped his last 6 of 7 the losses were to top notch fighters such as B.J Penn, Carlos Newton, Dan Henderson and Kazushi Sakuraba. With that being said Renzo holds victories over the likes of Oleg Taktarov, Maurice Smith, and Alexander Otsuka.

Being part of the ever so successful and legendary Gracie family, Renzo has done well training and handing out blackbelts to big names such as Matt Serra, Rogrigo Gracie, Ricardo Almeida, and Sean Alvarez.

Come Saturday night expect fireworks as they two legends will clash in what should prove to be an action packed fight.

IFL Announces TV Schedule

The IFL and Fox Sports Net have announced their TV schedule.

The fall IFL broadcast schedule on FOX Sports Net will be: (all times p.m.)

Sunday, September 24 6:00*
Sunday, October 1 6:00**
Monday, October 2 8:00 (Best Damn Sports Show Period, Two Hour special)
Sunday, October 8 6:00*
Sunday, November 12 6:00**
Sunday, November 19 6:00***
Sunday, November 26 6:00***
Sunday, December 31 6:00 (Two hour championship finals show)****

*- Featuring matches from Sept. 9 Portland, Ore. Quarterfinal event
**- Featuring matches from Sept. 23 Quad Cities, Ill. Quarterfinal event
***- Featuring matches for November Semifinal event (site TBD)
****- Final event at site TBD

Rutten, Quadros Reunited on TV

The IFL has announced that Bas Rutten and Stephen Quadros will be reunited and will be the announcers for the organization’s next event on September 23rd. The event will be televised nationally on Sunday, October 8th at 6:00 PM EST on FOX Sports Net.

“There is no doubt that Stephen Quadros is the most knowledgeable commentator on mixed martial arts today, and reuniting him with Bas Rutten, one of the sports’ legendary champions, outstanding coaches and most charismatic personalities, will be a treat for all fans of mixed martial arts,” said IFL president Gareb Shamus. “We are very proud not only to be able to bring this pair back together, but to also expose them to a larger sports audience on basic cable for the first time.”

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