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Black, Miller to Serve as IFL Replacements


Jason Black weighs-in for UFC 77: Hostile Territory. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The International Fight League has announced changes to a pair of lightweight fights that will take place when the promotion travels to East Rutherford, New Jersey for their next event on April 4th.

The organization announced the news today on their official website.

Longtime veteran Jason Black will step in for Rory Markham against welterweight Emyr Bussade. Black’s addition to the card likely unofficially confirms his release from the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where Black has lost his last two fights.

Jim Miller will replace an injured Deividas Taurosevicius and take on Bart Palaszewski in a lightweight bout.

Miller, who has fought primarily on the East Coast and recently submitted UFC veteran Chris Ligouri earlier this month at a Ring of Combat show, was reported as being tapped as a replacement opponent against Marcus Aurelio at next week’s UFC Fight Night 13. However Miller’s contract with the IFL left him unable to fill in at the event.

Three title fights are scheduled to headline the event. IFL light heavyweight champion Vladimir Matyushenko will make his first title defense against New Jersey native Jamal Patterson.

Popular welterweight champion and Xtreme Couture product Jay Hieron will attempt to keep his belt around his waist when he goes up against former U.S. Marine Mark Miller.

IFL Announces Three Title Bouts for April


Chris Horodecki and Shad Lierley weigh-in for an IFL event in June 2007. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

The International Fight League earlier today announced details for their upcoming East Rutherford, NJ event, which will take place at the IZOD Center on April 4th.

Three title fights are scheduled to headline the card. IFL light heavyweight champion Vladimir Matyushenko will make his first title defense against New Jersey native Jamal Patterson. Popular welterweight champion and Xtreme Couture product Jay Hieron will attempt to keep his belt around his waist when he goes up against former U.S. Marine Mark Miller.

Upstart Shad Lierley, who made headlines after going toe-to-toe with lightweight sensation Chris Horodecki last year, will drop down to the featherweight division in exchange for a shot against current title holder Wagnney Fabiano, who submitted L.C. Davis this past December to grab the vacant belt.

Horodecki is also expected to return to action at the event, currently against an opponent yet to be named.

The nine-fight card will feature matchups between four different camps. Fighters from Renzo Gracie’s Academy will take on athletes from Midwest Combat while American Top Team will make it’s IFL debut against martial artists from the renowned Miletich Fighting Systems.

“I like the local feel of this card,? said IFL Vice President Bas Rutten. “?In addition to three outstanding championship bouts, featuring fighters from New York and New Jersey, you have Renzo Gracie?‘s camp, which was the champion last year, Midwest Combat, which features our top fighters from the Chicago area, and great battles with the Miletich camp and American Top Team, who we are very excited to have on board.?”

Miletich fighters Rory Markham and Mike Ciesnolevicz will go up against American Top Team’s Emyr Bussade and Lew Polley respectively. L.C. Davis will also likely compete for Pat Miletich as well.

A lightweight clash between Deividas Taurosevicius and Bart ?Palaszewski is the only announced battle between Renzo Gracie’s Academy and Midwest Combat as of right now. Skilled welterweight Delson Heleno will also represent Renzo Gracie on the card.