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.

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