The International Fight League, the world’s first team-based professional mixed martial arts league, announced today that its inaugural event in Nevada will take place on Saturday, June 16, with an 11-bout card at the Reno Events Center in Reno, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The event is the final date to be announced as part of the full 11-event IFL 2007 schedule, the most comprehensive advance schedule in the history of fight sports. The first season begins this Friday, January 19, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
“The state of Nevada is the centerpiece of some of the greatest events not just in Mixed Martial Arts, but in all of fight sports, and we are very pleased to now join that group by hosting our first Nevada event,” said IFL Co-founder and Commissioner Kurt Otto.
“We think the fans who will see the IFL for the first time in Nevada, in the hometown for Ken Shamrock’s Lions, will discover what fans in cities like Portland, Atlantic City, Chicago and the Quad Cities already know that this event will compare well with any sports and entertainment event in terms of packed action and excitement.”
The matchups at Jenkins Arena will include the Tucson-based Scorpions, coached by WWE and MMA legend Don Frye, taking on the Toronto-based Dragons, coached by MMA world champion Carlos “The Ronin” Newton.
Then the hometown Lions, led by world champion Ken Shamrock, will take on the New York-based Pitbulls, led by world jiu-jitsu champion Renzo Gracie. The lineups for each team and an additional Superfight will be announced in the coming months.