SILVERBACKS-WOLFPACK MATCHUP, GRACIE-NEWTON SUPERFIGHT HEADLINE INTERNATIONAL FIGHT LEAGUE WORLD TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL DECEMBER 29 AT MOHEGAN SUN ARENA
Eight Other IFL Athletes To Compete In Intraleague Superfights On 10-Fight Card
NEW YORK, November 20, 2006– The International Fight League (IFL), the world’s first team-based professional mixed martial arts league, today announced the rosters for the 2006 IFL World Team Championship final, to be held at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, on Friday, December 29, at 7 p.m. The team matchup between the Silverbacks, coached by Pat Miletich and based in Quad Cities, Iowa/Ill., and the Wolfpack, coached by Matt Lindland and based in Portland, Ore., yields five outstanding bouts. Renzo Gracie (Holmdel, N.J.) and Carlos Newton (Newmarket, Ontario) will square off in a Superfight matching two MMA legends and the coaches of the New York and Toronto teams, respectively. And four other bouts will feature members of IFL teams which did not advance to the finals, for a total of 10 fights on the card.
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The pairing of the Silverbacks and Wolfpack, who advanced to the final with respective semifinal victories in Portland on Nov. 2, brings together many of the league’s top athletes in intriguing matchups. The lightweight bout pits the Silverbacks’ Bart Palaszewski (Wonderlake, Ill.) against Ryan Schultz (Eagle Creek, Ore.). Sluggers Rory Markham (Chicago) and Chris Wilson (Portland, Ore.) go at it at 170 lbs. Ryan McGivern (Bettendorf, Iowa) takes on Matt Horwich (Gresham, Ore.) in the middleweight division. Mike Ciesnolevicz (Williamstown, Pa.) tangles with Aaron Stark (Portland, Ore.) at light heavyweight, while Ben Rothwell (Kenosha, Wis.) and Devin Cole (Medford, Ore.) battle in the heavyweight bout.
In addition to the Gracie-Newton Superfight, four intraleague Superfights involving IFL athletes supplement the card. Erik Owings (New York), who has fought for the Pitbulls, takes on Ed West (Tucson, Ariz.), a member of the Sabres this past year, in a 155-lb. bout. In a pair of light heavyweight fights, Brent Beauparlant (Montreal, Quebec) of the Dragons challenges Alex Schoenauer (Las Vegas) of the Anacondas, while the Pitbulls’ Jamal Patterson (Hoboken, N.J.) battles the Tiger Sharks’ Reese Andy (Billings, Mont.). Krzysztof Soszynski (Winnipeg, Manitoba) of the Anacondas and Mike Whitehead (Central Point, Ore.), who defeated Mark Kerr in an IFL Superfight in Portland on Nov. 2, clash in a heavyweight matchup.
“The Silverbacks and Wolfpack both proved they belong in the finals after their exciting victories in Portland,” IFL co-founder and Commissioner Kurt Otto said. “By combining those interesting matchups with the Newton-Gracie Superfight and a series of intraleague Superfights showcasing some of our best athletes, we have a card that fans will really enjoy seeing.”
The main Superfight will be the second contest between Newton and Gracie. Newton claimed a split decision on Oct. 5, 2003, in Saitama, Japan. It will be the first career matchup for competitors in each of other 10 bouts on the card.