IFL Returns to Portland for WTC Semifinals Nov.2
NEW YORK, September 27, 2006-- The International Fight League (IFL) today announced that it will return to the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon, for the World Team Championship semifinals on Thursday, November 2, at 7 p.m. PT. Bas Rutten’s Anacondas vs. Matt Lindland’s Wolfpack will be one matchup, and Pat Miletich’s Silverbacks vs. Carlos Newton’s Dragons will be the other. The night will also feature a pair of Superfights with Daniel Gracie facing Allan Goes and Mark Kerr taking on Mike Whitehead. Tickets for the event will go on sale on Saturday, September 30, at 9 a.m. PT.
“We are elated to be able to return to Portland,” IFL co-founder and Commissioner Kurt Otto said. “The excitement and intensity that was shown for our September quarterfinals showed us that the market is ready for an even bigger event this time around.”
The Anacondas reached the semifinals by sweeping the Sabres (based in Tokyo), 5-0, on September 9, the same night that that Portland’s Wolfpack defeated the Tiger Sharks (based in Seattle), 3-2. The Silverbacks edged the Pitbulls (based in New York), 3-2, while the Dragons (based in Toronto) edged the Razorclaws (based in San Jose), 3-2, this past Saturday in Moline, Illinois. The winners will move on to the World Team Championships in late December; site and date are to be announced.
Kerr is a former NCAA wrestling champion and All-American (at Syracuse University) and UFC and PRIDE heavyweight champion who is returning to the ring for the first time since 2004. MMA veteran Whitehead, was also a three-time all-America wrestler at North Idaho Junior College, Southern Oregon University, and the University of Missouri has posted a 9-1 record in his last 10 MMA bouts. Brazilians Gracie and Goes have both made successful IFL debuts on the team level, with Gracie defeating Wes Sims in an IFL Superfight in June and Goes defeating Devin Cole in September as part of the Tiger Sharks.
Tickets are available at the Rose Quarter Box Office, participating Safeway locations, by telephone at (877)789-ROSE (7673) or online at www.rosequarter.com
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