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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

IFL World Grand Prix Previewed On "IFL Battleground" Monday

Courtesy of the International Fight League:

All 20 Athletes, 10 Matchups Analyzed As Top Stars Prepare for Season-Ending “Battle for the Belts”

NEW YORK, August 14, 2007- The International Fight League (OTC.BB: IFLI), the world’s number one professional mixed martial arts league, analyzes the matchups for its season-ending World Grand Prix event, featuring the league’s top 20 stars, in the next episode of “IFL Battleground” on Monday, August 20, at 8 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. CT/MT). From undefeated heavyweight Ben Rothwell to teen sensation Chris Horodecki to bruising light heavyweight Vladimir Matyushenko, all 10 matchups are profiled. “IFL Battleground” airs every Monday night, with a replay on Saturday, on MyNetworkTV.

Dubbed “The Battle for the Belts,” the IFL World Grand Prix pits the top four athletes at each weight class in a two-event competition. The 10 who win the semifinal matches advance to the final, with the Champions earning the first-ever Championship Belts for their respective weight class.

Among those featured in the episode include:

Rothwell (Milwaukee, Wis.), who is a perfect 8-0 in IFL competition as a member of the Silverbacks, including four wins in 2007. His match with tough Nevada Lions strongman Roy Nelson (Las Vegas) reprises their slugfest in Moline, in which Rothwell earned a narrow decision.

The Anacondas’ Horodecki (London, Ontario), whose bout with the Silverbacks’ Bart Palaszewski (Wonder Lake, Ill.) in February ranks as one of the greatest in league history and is another highly-anticipated rematch in the World Grand Prix semis.

Matyushenko (Retchisa, Belarus) of the Sabres, who has rolled through his four opponents in 2007 but faces a stiff test in UFC and IFL veteran Alex Schoenauer (Las Vegas) of the Anacondas.

Jay Hieron (Las Vegas), looking to come back from a stunning defeat in his last bout and from a training injury which kept him out of the Anacondas’ loss in the IFL World Championship semifinals.

Mike Whitehead (Central Point, Ore.), another UFC vet who has dispatched all four of his IFL opponents, three by TKO.

Benji Radach (Coconut Creek, Fla.), who is an unblemished 4-0 for the Anacondas this year after a two-plus-year absence from the sport.

Viewers can find their local MyNetworkTV affiliate at www.mynetworktv.com/local_stations.html.

About the IFL

International Fight League™ (IFL) is the world’s first professional mixed martial arts sports league. IFL has its headquarters in New York and offices in Las Vegas. For more information about IFL, please see: www.ifl.tv.