“60 MINUTES” TO FEATURE IFL COACHES RENZO GRACIE AND PAT MILETICH AS PART OF MIXED MARTIAL ARTS SEGMENT ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10
Reporter Scott Pelley trained with and interviewed both legends as part of in-depth look at the growth of MMA
NEW YORK, December 8, 2006- Two of the International Fight League’s (OTC.BB: IFLI) legendary coaches, world Jiu-Jitsu champion and coach of the IFL’s New York-based Pitbulls team Renzo Gracie, and Pat Miletich, coach of the IFL’s Moline, Illinois-based Silverbacks team, will be featured as part of Scott Pelley’s report on the growth of Mixed Martial Arts on “60 Minutes” on Sunday, December 10, at 7 p.m. EST/PST on CBS.
“This is yet another example of how the sport of Mixed Martial Arts continues to gain traction in the mainstream,” said IFL Co-founder and Commissioner Kurt Otto. “It is great that champions like Pat and Renzo, along with our other coaches and all the great athletes that they train, such as UFC Champion Matt Hughes (who is also feature in the segment) and others, are steadily getting more and more recognition for all their years of hard work and dedication.”
Pelley trained with both Gracie and Miletich, and the “60 Minutes” cameras were on site when their teams met at The MARK in Moline, Illinois, on September 23, the same night Gracie took on Miletich in the main event Superfight. The piece will also look at UFC champion Hughes, his career and his relationship with Miletich.
The IFL will hold the finals of its “World Team Championship” tournament on Friday, December 29, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Miletich’s Silverbacks will take on Olympic silver medalist Matt Lindland’s Wolfpack, while Gracie will battle world champion and coach of the IFL’s Toronto-based Dragons Carlos Newton, in one of a series of additional Superfights.
The first full 11-date, 12-team IFL season will begin at the ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California on Friday, January 19. The slate includes events in eight different states and kicks off with the Nevada-based Lions (coached by legend Ken Shamrock) facing the San Jose-based Razorclaws (coached by his brother, world champion Frank Shamrock) in Oakland. The Seattle-based Tigersharks (coached by world kickboxing champion Maurice Smith) take on the Southern California-based Condors (coached by world champion Marco Ruas) to round out the team matchups in the opener, with a to-be-announced Superfight included as well.
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