Press Release – Courtesy of IFL
The final two playoff berths are on the line as the International Fight League announced the field for its event at the Las Vegas Hilton, set for Saturday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m. Numerous top IFL stars will be in action as the New York Pitbulls, coached by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend Renzo Gracie, take on the Toronto Dragons, coached by MMA legend Carlos Newton, and the Tucson Scorpions, led by MMA and wrestling icon Don Frye, battle Ken Shamrock’s Reno Lions on the 12-bout card.
IFL unbeatens Fabio Leopoldo (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) of the Pitbulls (2-0 team, 7-3 individual), Waggney Fabiano (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) of the Dragons (1-1, 6-4) and Mike Whitehead (Central Point, Ore.) of the Scorpions (0-2, 3-7) are among the IFL standouts on the card. Leopoldo takes on Brent Beauparlant (Ottawa, Ontario) in a key middleweight bout, Fabiano draws Pitbulls lightweight Erik Owings (New York) and Whitehead tangles with MMA veteran Vernon White (East Palo Alto, Calif.) of the Lions (1-1, 4-6).
The Pitbulls vs. Dragons matchup could be a winner-take-all affair in terms of the IFL Playoffs, which begin with the Semifinals on August 2 in East Rutherford, N.J. A win by the Pitbulls or a decisive win by the Dragons would mean that the loser would be eliminated. A 5-0 sweep by the Lions over the Scorpions would keep Shamrock’s team mathematically alive in the chase.
The evening marks the final regular season event of the full IFL 2007 schedule, the most comprehensive advance schedule in the history of fight sports. It also represents the first MMA event to be held at the Las Vegas Hilton, one of the city’s most historic venues. Below are the matchups for the event, with bout order to be determined by coaches’ selection prior to the Official Weigh-in on Friday, June 15, at 3 p.m. PT.
Dragons (1-1 team, 6-4 indiv.) vs. Pitbulls (2-0, 7-3)
155 lb: Wagnney Fabiano (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) (2-0, 6-1) vs. Erik Owings (New York) (3-1, 3-1)
170 lb: Gideon Ray (Roselle, Ill.) (1-0, 14-5-1) vs. Delson Heleno (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) (3-1, 10-2)
185 lb: Brent Beauparlant (Montreal, Quebec) (2-3, 5-4) vs. Fabio Leopoldo (Sao Paulo, Brazil) (3-0, 5-1)
205 lb: Wojtek Kaszowski (Winnipeg, Manitoba) (0-4, 0-6) vs. Jamal Patterson (Hoboken, N.J.) (3-1, 3-1)
265 lb: Rafael Feijao (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) (1-0, 4-0) vs. Marcio Cruz (0-0, 2-2)
alt. 205 lb.: John Krohn (Gresham, Ore.) (1-0, 3-0) vs. Andre Gusmao (New York) (2-0, 3-0)
Scorpions (0-2, 3-7) vs. Lions (1-1, 4-6)
155 lb.: Gabe Casillas (Tucson, Ariz.) (0-1, 9-7) vs. John Gunderson (Medford, Ore.) (1-1, 11-5)
170 lb.: Mike Guymon (Lake Forest, Calif.) (0-0, 6-1-1) vs. Pat Healy (St. Louis) (1-1, 17-12)
185 lb.: Seth Baczynski (Phoenix) (0-1, 4-4) vs. Daniel Molina (Carson City, Nev.) (0-2, 6-7)
205 lb.: Mike Whitehead (Central Point, Ore.) (3-0, 18-5) vs. Vernon White (East Palo Alto, Calif.) (1-0. 25-30-2)
265 lb.: Shane Ott (Philadelphia) (1-0, 3-0) vs. Roy Nelson (Las Vegas) (1-1, 7-2)
alt. 170 lb.: Chris Kennedy (Las Vegas) (0-0, 3-2) vs. Rick Reeves (Reno, Nev.) (1-0, 2-1)
Tickets are available at the Las Vegas Hilton Box Office, through www.lvhilton.com or by telephone at 800-222-5361.