Blackburn, Three Others Added To IFL New Jersey Card

Jerry Milani from the IFL sent along the following:


Olympia, Wash., Welterweight to Take on Heleno; Dias, Marrero To
Compete for ATT; Lamotte Challenges Horodecki

NEW YORK, March 12, 2008 — “Bad” Brad Blackburn (Olympia, Wash.)
is among four athletes who have been added to the card when the
International Fight League (OTC.BB: IFLI) returns to the Izod Center in East
Rutherford, N.J., on Friday, April 4. The IFL veteran will take on
Delson Heleno (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) in a welterweight clash, one of
nine mixed martial arts bouts on the slate.

The IFL has also announced the addition of three other pros to complete
the lineup, including featherweight Rafael Dias (Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil) and light heavyweight Carmelo Marrero (Douglasville, Pa.), who will
represent American Top Team in its first IFL action, as they take on
Miletich Fighting Systems’ L.C. Davis (Kansas City, Mo.) and Mike
Ciesnolevicz (Williamstown, Pa.), respectively. Also added to card is Nate
Lamotte, who will take on 20-year-old phenom Chris Horodecki (London,
Ontario) in a lightweight bout.

The charismatic Blackburn has three wins in five IFL decisions,
including a victory over Hieron last June. His only bout since then was a
“no contest” against Travis Cox in Florida last September. Dias won
his IFL debut on Feb. 29, submitting Santino DeFranco in the first
round. Marrero and Lamotte will be making their first IFL appearances in
New Jersey.

As previously announced, IFL titleholders Vladimir “The Janitor”
Matyushenko (Belarus), Jay “The Thorobred” Hieron (Freeport, N.Y./Las
Vegas) and Wagnney Fabiano (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) will defend their
belts on April 4. Matyushenko will battle Jamal Patterson (Jersey
City, N.J.) for the light heavyweight crown; Hieron will take on Mark
Miller (Chicago) at 170 lbs., and Fabiano will accept the challenge of Shad
Lierley (Seattle) at 145 lbs. In a non-title bout, Rory Markham
(Chicago) will oppose Emyr Bussade (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) in a matchup of

Tickets are available at the IZOD Center Box Office (located at the
Meadowlands), or by calling (201) 507-8900.

IFL East Rutherford, N.J.
Friday, April 4, 2008
(order TBD)

Additional Bout
155 lbs.: Chris Horodecki (London, Ontario) (7-1 IFL, 11-1 overall MMA)
vs. Nate Lamotte (0-0, 6-2)

American Top Team vs. Miletich Fighting Systems
145 lbs.: Rafael Dias (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) (1-0, 10-3-1) vs. LC
Davis (Kansas City, Mo.) (2-0, 9-1)
170 lbs.: Emyr Bussade (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (0-0, 10-5) vs. Rory
Markham (Chicago) (6-2, 12-3)
205 lbs.: Carmelo Marrero (Douglasville, Pa.) (0-0, 7-2) vs. Mike
Ciesnolevicz (Williamstown, Pa.) (5-3, 13-3)

Midwest Combat vs. Renzo Gracie Academy
155 lbs.: Bart Palaszewski (Wonderlake, Ill.) (8-3, 29-10) vs. Deividas
Taurosevicius (Lithuania) (3-0, 9-2)
170 lbs.: Brad Blackburn (Olympia, Wash.) (3-2, 11-9-1) vs. Delson
Heleno (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) (6-3, 13-4)
*205 lbs.: **Vladimir Matyushenko (Belarus) (5-0, 20-3) vs. Jamal
Patterson (Jersey City, N.J.) (4-1, 4-1)

Additional Championship Bouts
*170 lbs.: **Jay Hieron (Freeport, N.Y.) (6-2, 14-4) vs. Mark Miller
(Chicago) (2-1, 8-2)
*145 lbs.: **Wagnney Fabiano (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) (5-0, 9-1) vs.
Shad Lierley (Seattle) (2-1, 2-1)

*Championship Bout
**Current Titleholder

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