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- IFL ANNOUNCES ‘07 SCHEDULE, SUPERFIGHTS

Posted on by MMAWeekly.com Staff

Press Release
Coast-to-coast events, multi-year venue partnerships all part of calendar that opens with Ken Shamrock vs. Frank Shamrock-led teams in Oakland, California on Friday, Jan. 19

NEW YORK, November 29, 2006- The International Fight League, (OTC.BB: IFLI) the world’s first team-based professional mixed martial arts league, today announced its full 11-event 2007 schedule, the most comprehensive advance schedule in the history of fight sports. The full slate includes events in eight different states and kicks off with the Nevada-based Lions (coached by legend Ken Shamrock) facing the San Jose-based Razorclaws (coached by his brother, world champion Frank Shamrock) at the ORACLE Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, January 19. The arena partnerships were secured by the IFL through its partnership with the William Morris Agency, and many include multi-year commitments to the IFL.

“This is a landmark day for all fight sports in general and for the growing number of fans of Mixed Martial Arts in particular,” said IFL Co-founder and Commissioner Kurt Otto. “For the first time, fans and business partners will be able to plot out their entire event calendar well in advance, and know where and when they will be able to see these great athletes and their coaches compete around the country in 2007.”

“We were very pleased with the interest of so many venues to work with the IFL,” said Marc Geiger of William Morris. “It is a great sign for both the sport of Mixed Martial Arts and for the solid business plan that the IFL has that these very prestigious arenas were so eager to do multi-year partnerships.”

Each of the nine regular season events will consist of four teams – each with an athlete in all five weight classes competing – along with a special Superfight, for a minimum of 11 bouts per card. Each of the 12 IFL teams for 2007 will compete in three regular season events; the teams with the top four overall win-loss team records will advance to the semi-finals, which will be held on Thursday, August 2, 2007 at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The 2007 IFL Finals will then be held at The Forum in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 15, 2007. The IFL will also hold a Grand Prix all-star event, comprised of the athletes with the top eight individual win-loss records, following the completion of the team season, with the dates and times to be announced.

All events will be subject to the rules and approval of the state athletic commissions in each state in which the event will be held.

The 10 venues for the 2007 season (The Forum will host two events) will scale to between 7,000 and 13,000 seats, which has been consistent with the IFL’s plan of managed growth. The venues for the inaugural season will include:

• The ORACLE Arena (Oakland, Calif.) on Friday, January 19

• Reliant Arena (Houston) on Friday, February 2

• The Arena at Gwinnett Center (Atlanta) on Friday, February 23

• The Forum (Los Angeles) on Friday, March 17

• The MARK of the Quad Cities (Moline, Ill.) on Saturday, April 7

• Jenkins Arena/Lakeland Center (Lakeland, Fla.) on Friday, April 13

• Sears Centre (Chicago) on Saturday, May 19

• Everett Events Center (Everett, Wash.) on Friday, June 1

• TBD on Saturday, June 23

2007 Semi-Finals

• Continental Airlines Arena (East Rutherford, N.J.) on Thursday, August 2

2007 Finals

• The Forum (Los Angeles) on Saturday, September 15

The start time for each event is 7:30 p.m. local time. The matchup schedule for each event is below.

Tickets to each venue, with the exception of East Rutherford and the Finals in Los Angeles, are currently on sale through www.ifl.tv and www.ticketmaster.com, at Ticketmaster outlets, and via telephone through Ticketmaster. Ticket prices range between $25 and $150, also in keeping with the IFL plan for the inaugural season.

2007 International Fight League Schedule/Matchups
(All events begin at 7:30 local time)

Jan. 19
Oakland, Calif.
ORACLE Arena
Tiger Sharks (Seattle) vs. Condors (So. Calif.)
Lions (Nevada) vs. Razorclaws (San Jose)
Superfight: TBD

Feb. 2
Houston
Reliant Arena
Anacondas (L.A.) vs. Silverbacks (Quad Cities)
Sabres (Tokyo) vs. Scorpions (Tucson)
Superfight: Carlos Newton vs. Matt Lindland

Feb. 23
Atlanta
The Arena at Gwinnett Center
Dragons (Toronto) vs. Wolfpack (Portland)
Red Bears (Chicago) vs. Pitbulls (New York)
Superfight: TBD

Mar. 17
Los Angeles
The Forum
Condors (So. Calif.) vs. Sabres (Tokyo)
Razorclaws (San Jose) vs. Anacondas (Los Angeles)
Superfight: Marco Ruas vs. Maurice Smith

Apr. 7
Moline, Ill.
The MARK of the Quad Cities
Lions (Nevada) vs. Silverbacks (Quad Cities)
Tiger Sharks (Seattle) vs. Red Bears (Chicago)
Superfight: TBD

Apr. 13
Lakeland, Fla.
Jenkins Arena/Lakeland Center
Scorpions (Tucson) vs. Dragons (Toronto)
Wolfpack (Portland) vs. Pitbulls (New York)
Superfight: TBD

May 19
Chicago
Sears Centre
Razorclaws (San Jose) vs. Condors (So. Calif.)
Silverbacks (Quad Cities) vs. Red Bears (Chicago)
Superfight: TBD

June 1
Everett, Wash.
Everett Events Center
Sabres (Tokyo) vs. Wolfpack (Portland)
Anacondas (Los Angeles) vs. Tiger Sharks (Seattle)
Superfight: TBD

June 23
TBD
TBD
Dragons (Toronto) vs. Pitbulls (New York)
Scorpions (Tucson) vs. Lions (Nevada)
Superfight: TBD

Aug. 2
E. Rutherford, N.J.
Continental Airlines Arena
Semifinals (teams with four best overall regular season records)
Superfight: TBD

Sept. 15
Los Angeles
The Forum
Finals (semifinal winners)
Superfight: TBD

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