August 8, 2006 Two new teams will make their International Fight League (IFL) debuts on September 9 at the IFL World Team Championship event at Memorial Coliseum at the Rose Quarter in Portland, Ore., and, in a bonus match, Lindland, the 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling, will take on Jeremy Horn to highlight the 11-bout fight card.
Olympic Silver Medalist, Hometown Star Matt Lindland To Battle Jeremy Horn In Superfight; His Portland Wolfpack Part Of World Team Championship Card; Tokyo Team Also To Make First IFL Appearance
August 8, 2006 Two new teams will make their International Fight League (IFL) debuts on September 9 at the IFL World Team Championship event at Memorial Coliseum at the Rose Quarter in Portland, Ore., beginning at 8 p.m. The mixed martial arts event will feature four squads, including Matt Lindlands new Wolfpack, based in Portland vs. Maurice Smiths Tigersharks of Seattle and Bas Ruttens Anacondas, who train in Los Angeles, vs. Antonio Inokis Sabres, another of the IFLs latest additions, from Tokyo. And, in a bonus match, Lindland, the 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling, will take on Jeremy Horn to highlight the 11-bout fight card.
Lindland, 36, who sports an 18-4-0 record in MMA, will have the home crowd with him as he battles the 31-year-old Horn, who has amassed a 77-14-5 mark. Both are widely regarded as being among the top five middleweights in the world; both are also true legends of the sport.
Many of the sports top names are scheduled to compete. The Tiger Sharks feature Reese Andy, Brad Blackburn, Allan Goes, Sam Liera, and Alvin Robinson. The homestanding Wolfpack roster includes Devin Cole, Matt Horwich, Ryan Schultz, Aaron Stark, and Chris Wilson. Competing for the Anacondas are Jay Hieron, Chris Horodecki, Mike Pyle, Alex Schoenauer and Krzysztof Soszynski. The Sabres include John Cole, Chad Dietmyer, Kazuhiro Hamanaka, Masayuki Kono, and Ed West.
Fans can purchase tickets at the Rose Quarter Box Office, all participating Safeway locations, by phone at 877.789.ROSE (7673) or online at www.RoseQuarter.com.
The IFLs two other new teams, Frank Shamrocks Razorclaws of San Jose and Carlos Newtons Dragons, based in Toronto, Ontario, will enter the ring as part of the World Team Championship in Moline, Ill, on Sept. 23, joining Renzo Gracies Pitbulls, based in New York and Pat Miletichs Silverbacks from event host Quad City.
Founded in 2006 by Kurt Otto, a highly successful real estate investor and a life-long martial arts participant and Gareb Shamus, chairman of the comics empire Wizard Entertainment Group, the International Fight League (IFL) and Pure Sport were created to establish a centralized and structured organization that brings the power and influence of the mixed martial arts industry together. For more information and action, go to www.IFL.tv.