NEW YORK – The International Fight League, the world’s number one team-based professional mixed martial arts league announced it will move its 2007 World Team Finals from The Forum in Los Angeles to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla. It will mark the IFL’s first-ever event in the state of Florida, and will take place in Hard Rock, on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.
“Although we have had great success with our first two California events, this opportunity to have an event in Florida, in a hotbed for the sport with some of the new stars of the sport, was too much to pass up,” said IFL Co-founder and Commissioner Kurt Otto. “We have been able to bring our athletes to a host of new locations in our first year, and we wanted to find the right place in Florida, and there is no better place than the Hard Rock.”
“We are very excited to be able to bring the action of the IFL to the Seminole Hard Rock for the fans of South Florida,” said Bernie Dillon, senior vice president of entertainment. “Mixed Martial Arts has done very well in our arena. We think this model with the championship on the line will be very exciting.”
The winners of the two five-man teams from the Aug. 2 playoff semi-finals at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J., will meet in the finals at the Seminole Hard Rock. The Quad Cities Silverbacks, coached by MMA legend Pat Miletich and featuring undefeated heavyweight Ben Rothwell and lightweight Bart Palaszewski, won the IFL World Team Championship competition in 2006.