The International Fight League (OTC.BB: IFLI), the world’s first team-based professional mixed martial arts league, today announced rosters for its 2007-season-opening event, which will take place on Friday, January 19 at the ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The 11-bout card features matchups between teams coached by the famed Shamrock brothers – Ken’s Lions, based in Reno, Nev., and Frank’s Razorclaws, based in San Jose, Calif., and between the Tiger Sharks, based in Seattle and coached by MMA and kickboxing champion Maurice Smith, and Condors, based in Southern Calif. and coached by MMA legend Marco Ruas. The evening will be capped by a “Superfight” between veterans Jeremy Horn and Niko Vitale.
The evening is part of the full 11-event IFL 2007 schedule, the most comprehensive advance schedule in the history of fight sports. Below are the matchups for the Oakland event:
Tiger Sharks (Seattle) vs. Condors (Southern Calif.)
LW/155: Shad Lierley (Seattle) vs. Adam Lynn (Pittsburgh)
WW/170: Brad Blackburn (Olympia, Wash.) vs. Rodrigo Ruas (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
MW/185: Bristol Marunde (Sequim, Wash.) vs. Jeremy Williams (Laguna Niguel, Calif.)
LH/205: Reese Andy (Billings, Mont.) vs. Justin Levens (Laguna Niguel, Calif.)
HW/265: Curtis Crawford (Portland, Ore.) vs. Antoine Jaoude (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Lions (Reno, Nev.) vs. Razorclaws (San Jose, Calif.)
LW/155 – John Gunderson (Medford, Ore.) vs. Josh Odom (Tallahassee, Fla.)
WW/170 – Pat Healy (St. Louis) vs. Ray Steinbeiss (Phoenix)
MW/185 – Daniel Molina (Carson City, Nev.) vs. Brian Foster (Moreno Valley, Calif.)
LH/205 – Vernon White (East Palo Alto, Calif.) vs. Raphael Davis (Torrance, Calif.)
HW/265 – Roy Nelson (Las Vegas) vs. Vince Lucero (Casa Grande, Ariz.)
MW/185: Jeremy Horn (Salt Lake City) vs. Niko Vitale (Honolulu)
Tickets are available through www.ifl.tv or via Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com, by telephone or at Ticketmaster outlets.