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"IFL Battleground" Takes Viewers to the Pacific Northwest to Meet Matt Lindland, Wolfpack Monday

    Thu, 2007-04-05 07:31 — Jerry Milani

    “IFL BATTLEGROUND” TAKES VIEWERS TO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST TO MEET OLYMPIAN MATT LINDLAND AND THE PORTLAND WOLFPACK THIS MONDAY ON MyNetworkTV

    Episode Includes Nine Bouts, Never-Before-Televised Lindland Fights vs. Jeremy Horn and Carlos Newton, the IFL Debut of Mike Dolce, Visits with Matt “Suave” Horwich and The Return of Ryan Schultz

    NEW YORK, April 5, 2007- The International Fight League (OTC.BB: IFLI), the world’s first team-based professional mixed martial arts league, will take fans into the ring and behind the scenes this week with Olympic silver medalist Matt Lindland (Portland, Ore.) as he trains his Wolfpack and readies himself for fights against MMA legend Jeremy Horn and fellow IFL coach Carlos Newton. “IFL Battleground,” the new series chronicling the league, is presented every Monday at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT (7:00 p.m. CT/MT), on MyNetworkTV.

    Featured athletes in this episode will include:

    • Lightweight Ryan Schultz (Gresham, Ore.), a former wrestler at the University of Nebraska who is bouncing back from a December knockout at the hands of Bart Palaszewski.
    • Light Heavyweight Matt Horwich (Gresham, Ore.), who has risen from homelessness to use his Christian lifestyle as a basis for success both in and out of the ring.
    • Middleweight Mike Dolce (Belmar, N.J.), a former accountant who has now taken up MMA and training as his full-time profession.

    Among the nine fights in the program will be two never-before-televised bouts featuring Lindland, the world’s top-ranked middleweight. The Wolfpack mentor will take on Horn in one of the fights and Toronto Dragons coach Carlos Newton in the other. “IFL Battleground” will also feature behind the scenes footage taken at Lindland’s home with his family.

    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.

    About the IFL

    International Fight League™ (IFL) is the world’s first professional mixed martial arts sports league. IFL has its headquarters in New York, NY and offices in Las Vegas, NV. For more information about IFL, please see: www.ifl.tv.

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