The International Fight League (OTC.BB: IFLI), the worlds first team-based professional mixed martial arts league, today announced the 11-bout card at Reliant Arena in Houston, set for Friday, February 2, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The event will feature two flagship IFL franchises in the Los Angeles-based Anacondas, coached by world MMA champion Bas Rutten, taking on the Silverbacks, led by fellow world champion Pat Miletich. The second team matchup will feature the Tokyo-based Sabres, led by Antonio Inoki, taking on the Tucson-based Scorpions, led by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. and MMA world champion Don Frye.
In addition to the compelling team matchups, fans will get to see a special Superfight between MMA world champion Carlos The Ronin Newton and MMA world champion and Olympic wrestling silver medalist Matt Lindland. The Houston card is the first IFL event in the Southwest and 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 Houston event. Bout order is to be determined by coaches choice, selected prior to the weigh-in on February 1.
Sabres vs. Scorpions (IFL, Overall)
155 lb.: Savant Young (Pasadena, Calif.) (0-0 IFL, 5-4 overall) vs. Ed West (Tucson, Ariz.) (0-1, 8-2)
170 lb.: Antonio McKee (Lakewood, Calif.) (0-0, 17-3-2) vs. Gabe Rivas (Tucson, Ariz.) (0-0, 12-9-1)
185 lb.: Kazuhiro Hamanaka (Tokyo) (0-1, 4-3-1) vs. Shane Johnson (Tucson, Ariz.) (1-0, 8-4)
205 lb.: Vladimir Matyushenko (Los Angeles) (0-0, 15-3) vs. Dwayne Compton (Tucson, Ariz.) (0-0, 2-0)
265 lb.: John Marsh (Hawthorne, Calif.) (0-0, 7-5) vs. Chad Griggs (Tucson, Ariz.) (0-0,. 4-0)
Anacondas vs. Silverbacks
155 lb.: Chris Horodecki (London, Ontario) (3-0, 7-0) vs. Bart Palaszewski (Wonderlake, Ill.) (5-0, 25-7)
170 lb.: Jay Hieron (Las Vegas) (2-1, 10-3) vs. Rory Markham (Chicago) (4-1, 10-2)
185 lb.: Benji Radach (Castlerock, Wash.) (0-0, 12-3) vs. Ryan McGivern (Bettendorf, Iowa) (3-2, 9-3)
205 lb.: Alex Schoenauer (Las Vegas) (2-2, 10-6) vs. Mike Ciesnolevicz (Williamstown, Pa.) (2-2, 10-2)
265 lb.: Krzysztof Soszynski (Winnipeg, Man.) (2-1, 11-5-1) vs. Ben Rothwell (Kenosha, Wis.) (4-0, 19-5)
Carlos Newton (Newmarket, Ont.) (0-1, 13-11) vs. Matt Lindland (Eagle Creek, Ore.) (1-0, 19-4)
Tickets are available through www.ifl.tv or via Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com, by telephone or at Ticketmaster outlets.