Rizzo To Battle Eilers At March 9th “art Of War”
Rizzo to Battle Eilers at March 9th "Art of War"
Pedro "The Rock" Rizzo will take on Justin Eilers in the main event of the International Fighters Association’s premiere event, which will take place on March 9th. The card, which is the combined efforts of the IFA and the SUN Production Group, will take place in Dallas, Texas, at the American Airlines Center. SUN, is a professional sports and entertainment management company, and through its association with the IFA, the new MMA promotion hopes to hold ten Art of War events in 2007.
For the veteran Rizzo (14-7), the upcoming fight against Eilers (15-5-1) will serve as an opportunity to right the Brazilian striker’s career, as The Rock has lost his last two fights, being stopped with strikes by both Sergei Kharitonov and Roman Zentsov at PRIDE Critical Countdown and PRIDE 31 "Unbreakable" respectively. Eilers, on the other hand, has been on a tear since his knockout loss to Brandon Vera at UFC 57 on February 4th last year, and has won six fights in a row, a streak that includes victories over Sherman Pendergarst, Jimmy Ambriz and Josh Diekman.
The Art of War website also has several other fights listed for the March 9th card, some of which include; Carlo Prater taking on Dennis Levensky, Alex Andrade fighting Klas Akesson, Kenneth Rosfort against Buddy Clinton, and Eric Schambari meeting up with Christian Smith.
IFL Announces Lawler, Pamplona "Superfight" for February 23rd Card
The International Fight League has announced that Miletich middleweight fighter Robbie "Ruthless" Lawler will fight Eduardo Pamplona at the organization’s upcoming February 23rd card to be held in Atlanta, Georgia. Lawler, who has a record of 12-4, will be hoping to build upon his recent performance at PRIDE 32 on October 21st, in Las Vegas, Nevada, when he quickly knocked out Joey Villasenor with a highlight reel flying knee at 22 seconds of the first round. Since his back to back UFC losses in 2004, where Lawler lost to Nick Diaz and Evan Tanner at UFC 47 and UFC 50 respectively, the 24 year old fighter has gone 4-1 in the last two years, with his only loss coming to Jason "Mayhem" Miller, via a third round side-choke at Icon Sport 47 on September 2nd last fall.
Pamplona will bring a record of 5-1 to the upcoming fight with Lawler, and has not lost a fight since his MMA debut in 2002, where the Brazilian fighter lost by unanimous decision to Sanae Kikuta at Pancrase: Spirit 8. Most recently, Pamplona defeated veteran fighter Jose "Pele" Landi-Jons by unanimous decision at Showfight 5 on November 9th, 2006.
The February 23rd event’s IFL team match-ups include the Toronto Dragons taking on the Portland Wolfpack, and the Chicago Red Bears versus the New York Pitbulls. The Red Bears will be making their IFL debut that night, a team that is mostly comprised of Russian fighters who will be coached by Igor Zinoviev.
The IFL is scheduled to hold 11 events in 2007, with the league’s semifinals to take place on August 2nd in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and the championship finals slated for September 15th at the Forum, in Los Angeles, California.
Here is the complete line up for the upcoming February 23rd event in Atlanta, which will take place at The Arena at Gwinnett Center.
Dragons (Toronto) vs. Wolfpack (Portland)
155 lb: Wagnney Fabiano (4-1) vs. Ryan Schultz (North Platte, Neb.) (14-9-1)
Red Bears (Chicago) vs. Pitbulls (New York)
155 lb: Gocha Markoziya (1-1) vs. Erik Owings (2-1)