by MMAWeekly.com
The International Fight League on Monday announced that Miletich Fighting Academy middleweight Ryan McGivern has replaced Tim Kennedy and will challenge Matt Horwich for the IFL middleweight championship on Feb. 29 in Las Vegas. Kennedy is an active member of the U.S. military and has been called into duty.

McGivern already has one victory over Horwich in the IFL, battling to a unanimous decision in December of 2006.

“While it is disappointing to us and to Tim that he will be unable to compete due to his military obligations, we are excited and fortunate that a fighter of Ryan McGivern’s caliber is available to step in,” said Bas Rutten, vice president of fighter operations for the IFL.

Four other bouts have also now been finalized on the eight-bout card, including three featuring Xtreme Couture vs. Mario Sperry’s World Class Fight Center camps. Benji Radach will compete for Xtreme Couture in a middleweight bout against Leopoldo Serao, Lew Polley will battle Alexandre Ferreira at 205 pounds, and Santino Defranco will take on Rafael Dias in a featherweight contest. The Lion’s Den’s Pat Healy will take on Team Quest’s Jake Ellenberger in a matchup that may determine a future title bout at 170 pounds.

As previously announced, two other IFL titleholders will place their belts on the line as Roy Nelson will put his heavyweight crown on the line against IFL newcomer Fabiano Scherner, who trains with Matt Lindland at Team Quest. Ryan Schultz makes the first defense of his lightweight belt against John Gunderson, who competes for Ken Shamrock’s Lion’s Den.

Matt Lindland’s Team Quest will take on Lion’s Den in three bouts in the other camp matchup.