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From the event’s promoter:

Fox Sports Net to show team matchup between Renzo Gracie’s Pitbulls and Matt Lindland’s Wolfpack same night at 11 p.m.

NEW YORK, February 7, 2007 — The International Fight League (OTC.BB: IFLI), the world’s first team-based professional mixed martial arts league, announced today that it will move its Friday, April 13, event from Lakeland, Florida, to the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, and that the event will be shown the same night on Fox Sports Net at 11 p.m. in all markets. The live show at Mohegan Sun will begin at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets will be available starting February 10 through www.ifl.tv or via Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com, by telephone or at Ticketmaster outlets.

"We are very excited that FSN has agreed to give us a window to show our product the same night, and we felt that in order to produce the best event possible we needed to move to a site and an area which we have already had success and know very well," said IFL Co-founder and Commissioner Kurt Otto. "As we have said all along, 2007 will be the year for us to test many things to see what works best, and although we know how strong the MMA following is in Florida and that we will be there at some point, we felt the best site for our first same-night broadcast would be Mohegan Sun."

Mohegan Sun hosted the finals of the IFL "World Team Championships" on December 29, 2006, and in front of a near-capacity crowd, Pat Miletich’s Silverbacks defeated Matt Lindland’s Wolfpack for the title.

The matchups at Mohegan Sun will include the Tucson-based Scorpions, coached by MMA legend Don Frye, taking on the Toronto-based Dragons, coached by MMA world champion Carlos "The Ronin" Newton. The Portland-based Wolfpack, led by world champion and Olympic wrestling Silver Medalist Matt Lindland, will take on the New York-based Pitbulls, led by world jiu-jitsu champion Renzo Gracie.

From the event’s promoter:

Weekly National Coverage Debuts Friday, Feb. 23 at 11 p.m. as
Tiger Sharks and Condors Square Off;
First-ever Same-Night Broadcast Set For April 13

NEW YORK, February 7, 2007 — The International Fight League (OTC.BB: IFLI), the world’s first team-based professional mixed martial arts league, and television partner Fox Sports Net (FSN) today announced the first segment of its weekly national schedule of IFL programming to primarily air on Fridays at 11 p.m. local time, beginning February 23. The series begins with the 2007 season-opening matchup from Oakland, Calif., between the Seattle-based Tiger Sharks, coached by MMA and kickboxing world champion Maurice Smith, and the Condors of Southern California led by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA champion Marco Ruas.

The FSN schedule will follow the order of IFL events in the first third of the regular season. Then, as previously announced, the battle at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., between two of the league’s two top teams, the Pitbulls, coached by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu master Renzo Gracie and based in New York, and the Wolfpack, coached by Olympic Silver Medalist Matt Lindland and based in Portland, Ore., will be shown on same-night delay at 11 p.m. on Friday, April 13.

"Getting a more consistent schedule across the country in terms of both day and time was an important next step in our growth and we are glad to be able to continue to grow our FSN relationship," said IFL Co-founder and Commissioner Kurt Otto. "This schedule allows fans to better plan their viewing schedule and to know that they can usually see IFL action on Friday night every week. We are very excited that this schedule, along with our MyNetworkTV show in prime time on Monday nights, will continue to showcase our coaches and athletes and help both the IFL and Mixed Martial Arts gain a stronger footing in the sports landscape."

The 22 hours of original programming scheduled on FSN this year represents nearly 70% more than the 13 hours shown in 2006, when the network aired three hours of coverage of the IFL Legends Championship in May and June and followed up with 10 hours of IFL World Team Championship action, September through December.

The FSN coverage is in addition to the 22, two-hour episodes of "International Fight League’s Total Impact," to be seen on over-the-air MyNetworkTV nationwide beginning on March 12. In all, 66 hours of original IFL programming is scheduled to run on the two networks, which together reach more than 95% of U.S. television households.

FSN To Broadcast 22 Hours Of IFL Coverage On Friday Nights – p.2

The February FSN schedule, with dates and times on each Regional FSN network, can be seen at www.ifl.tv/TV-Schedule.html. Viewers can also check their local schedule at http://msn.foxsports.com/tv/schedule.

The schedule of matchups on each FSN debut date is as follows for March and April:

February 23, Condors vs. Tiger Sharks (contested in Oakland, Calif., Jan. 19)

March 2, Lions vs. Razorclaws (Oakland, Jan. 19)

*March 9, Scorpions vs. Sabres (Houston, Feb. 2)

March 16, Anacondas vs. Silverbacks (Houston, Feb. 2)

March 23, Dragons vs. Wolfpack (Atlanta, Feb. 23)

March 30, Pitbulls vs. Red Bears (Atlanta, Feb. 23)

April 6, Condors vs. Sabres (Los Angeles, March 17)

April 13, Wolfpack vs. Pitbulls (Mohegan Sun., April 13 same night)

April 20, Anacondas vs. Razorclaws (Los Angeles, March 17)

April 27, Dragons vs. Scorpions (Mohegan Sun, April 13 show)

*West Coast only; event airs Sat., March 10 in remainder of country (check local listings)

Several IFL athletes and coaches will be featured on FSN’s popular "Best Damn Sports Show Period" program on Thursday, February 8. Anacondas Coach Bas Rutten, Sabres Coach Ken Yasuda and four IFL competitors will appear in multiple segments.

Each of the nine regular season IFL events will consist of four teams – each with an athlete in all five weight classes competing – along with a special Superfight, for a minimum of 11 bouts per card. The team that wins the best three of five match setup will be declared the team winner for the match, similar to collegiate and high school wrestling meets. The IFL also differs from other MMA organizations in that bouts are held in an oversized five-rope boxing ring with three, four-minute rounds, each designed to create the most compelling in-arena experience for local fans.

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.

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