NEW YORK - Pat Healy of the Nevada Lions will replace Antonio McKee of the Tokyo Sabres in the welterweight division of the 2007 IFL World Grand Prix, the individual all-star competition for the International Fight League, the world?s number one mixed martial arts league. The semifinals will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Sears Centre in Chicago and the finals will take place on Saturday, Dec. 29 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
Healy, who had been the 170-lb. alternate after a fine regular season training under Lions? Head Coach and MMA legend Ken Shamrock, moves into the No. 4 seed and will take on top-seeded Delson Heleno of the New York Pitbulls in the semifinals. Jay Hieron of the Los Angeles Anacondas moves to the No. 2 seed and will compete against the No. 3 seed Mark Miller of the Red Bears.
?“Antonio made a decision regarding competition for another organization that was unacceptable based on his contract with the IFL,”? said Kurt Otto, IFL co-founder and commissioner. ?“We feel that in the best interests of the league, these actions preclude him from competing on the IFL World Grand Prix card. We are pleased that an outstanding athlete such as Pat Healy is prepared to step into the very competitive 170-lb. division.?”
McKee, who had qualified as the No. 2 seed, posted an unbeaten (3-0) regular season, helping the Sabres a 3-0 mark and berth in the IFL World Championship, where he defeated Heleno by decision on August 2 in the Sabres? 3-2 defeat on August 2 in New Jersey.