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This month we’d like to get your thoughts on Pride’s The Real Deal. The October 21st event will be Pride’s first show in the U.S. We’d like to hear your thoughts on the event, the impact it may have on the sport and also your thoughts on who will win the announced matches. The results of the survey and some of the commentary we receive may appear in the upcoming issue of FCF.

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From the event’s promoter:

Kerr-Whitehead, D. Gracie-Goes Superfights Supplement Hometown Wolfpack vs. Anacondas, Dragons vs. Silverbacks; Berths in Finals at Stake

NEW YORK, October 9, 2006 — Outstanding individual matchups, including two exciting Superfights, highlight the 12-bout card as the International Fight League (IFL) today
announced the rosters for the IFL World Team Championship semifinals, to be held at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Ore., on Thursday, November 2, at 7 p.m. PT. Bas Rutten’s Anacondas vs. Matt Lindland’s Wolfpack will be one matchup, while Carlos Newton’s Dragons will take on Pat Miletich’s Silverbacks in the other. The night will also feature a pair of Superfights, with Daniel Gracie (Rio de Janeiro) facing Allan Goes (Rio de Janeiro) and Mark Kerr (Portland, Ore.) squaring off against Mike Whitehead (Salt Lake City).

The Anacondas, based in Los Angeles, and Wolfpack, who train in Portland, advanced with victories over the Sabres and Tiger Sharks, respectively, on Sept. 9 in Portland. Their semifinal matchup features five outstanding bouts. At lightweight, the Anacondas’ Chris Horodecki (London, Ontario) takes on veteran Ryan Schultz (Gresham, Ore.); the welterweight tilt pits Jay Hieron (Las Vegas) and Chris Wilson (Portland, Ore.); Mike Pyle (Dresden, Tenn.) battles Matt Horwich (Gresham, Ore.) in the middleweight bout; at light heavyweight, Alex Schoenauer (Las Vegas) opposes Aaron Stark (Portland, Ore.); and heavyweights Krzysztof Soszynski (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Devin Cole (Medford, Ore.) complete the Anacondas-Wolfpack matchup.

The other semifinal promises an equally intriguing set of bouts. A pair of once-beaten welterweights, Claude Patrick (Mississauga, Ontario) of the Dragons and Rory Markham (Chicago) of the Silverbacks will do battle; Joe Doerksen (Winnipeg, Manitoba) takes on Ryan McGivern (Bettendorf, Iowa) in the middleweight fight; Brent Beauparlant (Ottawa, Ontario) and Mike Ciesnolevicz (Williamstown, Pa.) will go after the light heavyweight point; and Wojtek Kaszowski (Toronto) challenges Ben Rothwell (Kenosha, Wis.) in the heavyweight bout. Silverbacks lightweight Bart Palaszewski (Wonderlake, Ill.) will battle a Dragons opponent still to be determined. Both teams moved to the semifinals with victories at the World Team Championship event in Moline, Ill., on Sept. 23.

"These four teams proved they belong with tough wins in the quarterfinals, and the result is a card full of fights that fans will really enjoy," IFL co-founder and Commissioner Kurt Otto said. "As a bonus, Mark Kerr’s return to the ring against Mike Whitehead and Daniel Gracie vs. Allan Goes in a battle of Brazilians are very interesting Superfights."

The semifinal winners will advance to the IFL World Team Championship final in December. The site and date of the final, as well as accompanying Superfights, will be announced shortly.

Kerr is a former NCAA wrestling champion and All-American (at Syracuse University) and UFC and PRIDE heavyweight champion who is returning to the ring for the first time since 2004. MMA veteran Whitehead, also a three-time all-America wrestler at North Idaho Junior College, Southern Oregon University and the University of Missouri, has posted a 9-1 record in his last 10 MMA bouts, including five straight victories in 2006. Brazilians Gracie and Goes have both made successful IFL debuts, with Gracie defeating Wes Sims in an IFL Superfight in June and Goes defeating Devin Cole in September as part of the Tiger Sharks.

Tickets for the IFL World Team Championship semifinals are available at the Rose Quarter Box Office, participating Safeway locations, by telephone at (877)789-ROSE (7673) or online at www.rosequarter.com.

From the event’s promoter:

BodogFight Pits Gladiators Head-to-Head
As Two Physical Specimens Prepare for Battle

"These fighters are unbelievably intense," says Calvin Ayre, MMA enthusiast, creator of a number of hit reality TV series and Founder of the Bodog.com Entertainment Group. "MMA fans are going to be in for a treat as this fight will be remembered for its brutality and the raw strength of these two athletes."

Training under the keen eyes of Dave Strasser’s Freestyle Academy, [Nick] Agallar has taken his wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu skills to the top of the world’s lightweight class with an impressive 20-3 win-loss record. Being a patriotic American, he also served his country in the U.S. military and recently returned from a 16-month tour of duty in Iraq. With his relentless drive to compete in tact, Agallar will be ready for a fierce test when the bell sounds in his first BodogFight contest.

His opponent is a specimen, as well. [Nardu] Debrah’s freestyle Jiu-Jitsu training will be challenged, as will his ability to adapt and overcome a superior athlete. His commitment to education under Sifu Ralph Mitchel at the Universal Defense Systems, a center that focuses on self-preservation and perfection, has provided the mindset and attitude Debrah needs to achieve great success in MMA and life. Entering the bout, he is purely focused on the matter at hand.

Will this clash crown the BodogFight favorite fighter? Viewers will soon be able to cast their vote for the $50,000 prize at www.bodogfight.com, where biographies of all the fighters, exclusive footage, and unedited interviews and confrontations are readily available and continuously updated each week. Each of the episodes will air simultaneously on the Men’s Outdoor and Recreation channel and on BodogFight.com broadband network.

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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