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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Haynes To Replace Radach For Xtreme Couture Camp At Orleans Arena In Las Vegas

Courtesy of the International Fight League:

Neck Injury Sidelines Middleweight Star; UFC Veteran Haynes To Battle IFL Newcomer Serao at 185 lbs. on Feb. 29

NEW YORK and LAS VEGAS, February 12, 2008 – MMA veteran Josh “Bring the Pain” Haynes (Las Vegas), who has competed for a dozen professional mixed martial arts organizations, including the UFC, will compete at 185-lb. against Leopoldo Serao (San Francisco) at the International Fight League (OTC.BB: IFLI) event at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Friday, February 29. Haynes replaces popular IFL star Benji Radach (Deerfield Beach, Fla.), who suffered a neck injury in training and will be out of action indefinitely.

Haynes, who has competed on the pro MMA circuit since 2002, is perhaps best known for his time on “The Ultimate Fighter 3” television program in 2006, in which he advanced to the finals. On Feb. 29, he will compete for his camp, Xtreme Couture, against World Class Fight Center’s Serao.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity. I’ve wanted to fight for the IFL for a little while,” said Haynes. “Ever since I left the UFC it’s been something I’ve wanted to do, and I think the matchup is fantastic. I love the opportunity to represent my gym. I’ve got a great camp and I think this guy is going to be unpleasantly surprised.”

The Xtreme Couture-World Class Fight Center matchup also features bouts between Lew Polley and Alexandre Ferreira, as well as Rafael Dias and Santino DeFranco.

Also on the card, Team Quest, coached by Matt Lindland, faces Ken Shamrock’s Lion’s Den, with title fights between lightweight champ Ryan Schultz and John Gunderson, heavyweight title holder Roy Nelson taking on Fabiano Scherner, and middleweight belt holder Matt Horwich facing Miletich fighter Ryan McGivern.

Tickets are available at www.orleansarena.com, all Coast Casino box offices, The Galleria at Sunset, by calling 702-284-7777 or by visiting www.ifl.tv.

IFL Las Vegas
Friday, February 29, 2008

Preliminary Bout
145 lbs.: Ian Loveland (Portland, Ore.) (0-2 IFL, 8-7 overall MMA) vs. Dennis Davis (Las Vegas) (0-0, 13-6)

Team Xtreme Couture vs. MMA Top Team (Mario Sperry)
145 lbs.: Santino Defranco (Tempe, Ariz.) (0-0, 10-3) vs. Rafael Dias (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (0-0, 8-3-1)
185 lbs.: Josh Haynes (Las Vegas) (0-0, 8-9) vs. Leopoldo Serao (San Francisco) (0-0, 11-6)
205 lbs.: Lew Polley (Coconut Creek, Fla.) (0-0, 6-0) vs. Alexandre Ferreira (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) (0-0, 15-5)

Team Quest (Matt Lindland) vs. Lions Den (Ken Shamrock)
170 lbs.: Jake Ellenberger (Omaha, Neb.) (2-2, 16-3) vs. Pat Healy (St. Louis) (2-1, 18-12)
*155 lbs.: **Ryan Schultz (North Platte, Neb.) (5-2, 18-9-1) vs. John Gunderson (Medford, Ore.) (2-2, 15-5)
*265 lbs.: **Roy Nelson (Las Vegas) (4-1, 11-2) vs. Fabiano Scherner (Portland, Ore.) (0-0, 7-5)

Championship Bout
*185 lbs.: Ryan McGivern (Bettendorf, Iowa) (5-4, 11-5) vs. **Matt Horwich (Portland, Ore.) (6-3, 21-9-1)

*Championship Bout
**Current Titleholder