NEW YORK, April 19, 2007- The International Fight League (OTC.BB: IFLI), the world’s first team-based professional mixed martial arts league, will take fans into the camps of both the Seattle Tiger Sharks, coached by kickboxing and MMA legend Maurice Smith, and the Southern Calif. Condors, coached by Brazilian world champion Marco Ruas, Monday, April 23, at 8 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. CT/MT). “IFL Battleground,” the series chronicling the league, airs every Monday night on MyNetworkTV.
Some of the highlights seen during this week’s 11 bouts include:
. Condors’ assistant coach Debi Purcell (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) who shows her training methods with the team along with some in the ring action from some of her previous fights. Debi tells what it’s like training and sometimes competing with men.
. Condors’ undefeated submissions expert middleweight Jeremy Williams (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) tells the stories of how he overcame personal tragedy (cancer of his mom and brother) and used the responsibility of becoming a father as motivation as an athlete.
. Condors’ light heavyweight Justin Levens (Philadelphia) tells an emotional story of overcoming a troubled background to channel his emotions and using MMA discipline to steady his life.
. Condors’ heavyweight Antoine Jaoude (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), a former Brazilian Olympian now turned lawyer who returned to the ring to compete for fellow legend Ruas.
. Tiger Sharks’ undefeated lightweight Shad Lierley (Seattle), a former Division III collegiate All-American at New York University who majored in economics and international politics.
. Tiger Sharks’ veteran heavyweight Allan Goes (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), who attempts to avenge his one career loss to fellow Brazilian Daniel Gracie in a never-before seen bout.
Viewers can find their local MyNetworkTV affiliate at www.mynetworktv.com/local_stations.html.
Each of the 12 IFL teams for 2007 will compete in three regular season events; the teams with the top four overall win-loss team records will advance to the semi-finals, which will be held on Thursday, August 2, at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J. The 2007 IFL Finals will then be held at The Forum in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 15.