by MMAWeekly.com
The International Fight League and HDNet Fights on Tuesday announced an agreement to televise the first three IFL events of 2008 live, beginning with the Friday, Feb. 29 card from the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. HDNet Fights will also air the April 4 card live from the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J., and the May 16 event from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

Each two-hour show will carry a minimum of five of the eight fights on the card, including no fewer than two championship fights. This is the latest partnership between the IFL and HDNet, which began with the Dec. 29, 2007, IFL Championship event from Mohegan Sun.

“We are very pleased to be able to offer our fans around the country these next three events live and in HD,” said IFL President and CEO Jay Larkin.

“The first event we did with the IFL was a great success, and we are very pleased to be able to expand that relationship into the first quarter of 2008,” said Andrew Simon, CEO of HDNet Fights. “HDNet Fights Presents: The IFL is a fantastic addition to MMA action on HDNet.”

The Feb. 29 card will be the first in the IFL’s new camp vs. camp format, with Ken Shamrock’s Lion’s Den meeting Matt Lindland’s Team Quest, and Mario Sperry’s World Class Fight Center against Xtreme Couture.

The night will also feature three individual championship defenses with lightweight titleholder Ryan Schultz meeting John Gunderson, middleweight champ Matt Horwich defending his crown against Ryan McGivern, and heavyweight champ Roy Nelson battling Fabiano Scherner.

The two-hour show will air live on HDNet at 11 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. PT.