Brad Imes To Replace Brandon Lee Hinkle At IFL On 5/16

Jerry Milani sent along the following:


Imes Challenges Roy Nelson For Heavyweight Belt; Conn. Native Latina, New
York’s Franchi Match Up in Lightweight Bout as Jim Miller Withdraws

NEW YORK, May 9, 2008 — Mixed martial arts veteran Brad Imes (Sacramento,
Calif.) will challenge Roy Nelson (Las Vegas) for the heavyweight championship
as part of the nine-bout card as the International Fight League (OTC.BB: IFLI)
returns to the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., on Friday, May 16. Imes
replaces Branden Lee Hinkle (Weirton, W. Va.), who was injured in training.

A training injury to Fabricio Camoes of Brazil also necessitated a change in a
non-championship lightweight bout. Frank Latina (Middletown, Conn.) will
battle John Franchi (Cortland, N.Y.). Jim Miller (Sparta, N.J.), originally
slated to face Camoes, withdrew from the bout following the injury to Camoes.

Imes, known as “The Hillbilly Heartthrob,” trains with Miletich Fighting
Systems in Iowa. He He has competed in several MMA organizations, and was
notably a finalist in the second season of The Ultimate Fighter television
series. Imes is 11-4 in his MMA career and will be making his IFL debut. May
16 will also mark the first IFL bouts for Latina (4-1 overall) and Franchi

As previously announced, two other IFL Champions will put their respective
titles on the line to headline the card, as Ryan McGivern (Bettendorf, Iowa)
takes on Dan Miller (Sparta, N.J.) at middleweight and Ryan Schultz (North
Platte, Neb.) defends against Deividas Taurosevicius (Lithuania) at
lightweight. HDNet will televise all three championship bouts, plus three
preliminary matchups.

The preliminary bouts feature athletes from four MMA camps, including Team
Quest, Team Bombsquad, World Class Fight Center and Team Prodigy.

Tickets are available via, the Mohegan Sun Arena Box
Office, and by telephone at 860-886-0070.

IFL Mohegan Sun
Friday, May 16, 2008 (order TBD)

Preliminary Bouts
155 lbs.: Frank Latina (Middletown, Conn.) (0-0 IFL, 4-1 overall MMA) vs. John
Franchi (Cortland, N.Y.) (Team Bombsquad) (0-0, 3-0)
205 lbs.: Aaron Stark (Portland, Ore.) (Team Quest) (2-2, 5-4) vs. Lamont
Lister (Philadelphia) (Team Bombsquad) (0-0, 5-3)
170 lbs.: John Howard (Boston) (0-0 IFL, 8-3 overall MMA) vs. Nick Calandrino
(Emerson, N.J.) (Team Bombsquad) (0-0, 5-0)
155 lbs.: Zac George (Norman, Okla.) (Team Quest) (1-1, 12-2) vs. Josh Souder
(Mason, Ohio) (Team Prodigy) (0-0, 10-6)
185 lbs.: Matt Horwich (Portland, Ore.) (Team Quest) (6-4, 21-10-1) vs. Joey
Guel (Oregon) (0-0, 12-5)
185 lbs.: Danillo Villefort (Pompano Beach, Fla.) (World Class Fight Center)
(0-0, 6-2) vs. Mike Massenzio (Paterson, N.J.) (Team Bombsquad) (0-0, 10-1)

Championship Bouts
185 lbs.: *Ryan McGivern (Bettendorf, Iowa) (Miletich Fighting Systems) (6-4,
12-5) vs. Dan Miller (Sparta, N.J.) (AMA Fight Club) (1-0, 7-1)
265 lbs.: *Roy Nelson (Las Vegas) (Lion’s Den) (5-1, 12-2) vs. Brad Imes
(Sacramento, Calif.) (Miletich Fighting Systems) (0-0, 11-4)
155 lbs.: *Ryan Schultz (North Platte, Neb.) (Team Quest) (6-2, 19-9-1) vs.
Deividas Taurosevicius (Lithuania) (Renzo Gracie) (3-0, 9-2)

*Current Titleholder