The International Fight League (OTC.BB: IFLI), the world’s first team-based professional mixed martial arts league, today announced the addition of four teams expected to begin competition with the 2008 season. The addition of these four teams, to be based in Brazil, France, San Diego and South Korea, brings the number of IFL squads to 17, with 12 competing in the first 11-date IFL season (which begins January 19, 2007, at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, Calif.) and at least five more expected to begin in January 2008.
“We are very excited to continue our worldwide growth by adding these four teams for 2008,” said IFL Co-founder and Commissioner Kurt Otto. “Making this announcement now gives these teams the ability to train together with world champion coaches for a full year so that they are ready to go for their first full season in 2008.”
Expected to coach the four new teams are PRIDE welterweight champion Dan Henderson (coaching a San Diego-based team), 2000 K-1 world champion and world super heavyweight champion Jerome LeBanner (coaching a French team), four-time Korean national champion of judo D.B. Park (coaching a South Korean-based team) and three time world jiu-jitsu champion Mario Sperry (coaching a Brazilian team). These four are in addition to the 2008 British team to be coached by Ian Freeman that was announced in late September. Nicknames and logos for the new squads are to be announced.
The IFL already has teams based in Toronto and Tokyo, in addition to its 10 United States-based teams for 2007. The full 12-team, 11-date IFL 2007 season can be found at www.ifl.tv.