Jerry Milani sent along the following:
LOS ANGELES LOCALS GO AT IT IN INTERNATIONAL FIGHT LEAGUE MATCHUP
FRIDAY NIGHT ON FSN
Marco Ruas’ Southern California Condors Battle L.A.-trained Sabres
NEW YORK, April 4, 2007- The International Fight League (OTC.BB: IFLI),
the world’s first team-based professional mixed martial arts league,
and television partner Fox Sports Net present bouts with a decidedly
hometown feel as Southern California-based teams battle it out on FSN on
Friday, April 6, at 11 p.m. in most markets. The Condors, coached by
Marco Ruas and based in Orange County, take on the Sabres, who train in
Los Angeles under the tutelage of Ken Yasuda.
Friday’s show features five bouts, including battles between
lightweights Savant Young and Adam Lynn and between light heavyweights Vladimir
Matyushenko and Justin Levens. The matchup was held last month at The
Forum in Los Angeles.
The upcoming IFL on FSN schedule, with dates and times on each Regional
FSN network, can be seen at http://www.ifl.tv/TV-Schedule.html. Viewers
can also check their local schedule at
The FSN schedule will continue each Friday, following the order of IFL
events in the first third of the regular season. Next Friday, April
13, the battle at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., between the
Pitbulls and 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist Matt Lindland’s Wolfpack will
air on same-night delay at 11 p.m. in most markets.
The 22 hours of original programming scheduled on FSN this year
represents nearly 70% more than the 13 hours shown in 2006, when the network
aired three hours of coverage of the IFL Legends Championship in May and
June and followed up with 10 hours of IFL World Team Championship
action, September through December.
The FSN coverage is in addition to the 22, two-hour episodes of
“International Fight League Battleground,” seen on over-the-air
MyNetworkTV nationwide every Monday (8 p.m. ET/PT).
In all, 66 hours of original IFL programming are scheduled to run on
the two networks, which together reach more than 95% of U.S. television
The remaining schedule of matchups on each FSN debut date is as follows
April 13, Wolfpack vs. Pitbulls (Uncasville, Conn., April 13 same day
April 20, Anacondas vs. Razorclaws (Los Angeles, March 17)
April 27, Dragons vs. Scorpions (Uncasville, April 13 show)
Each of the nine regular season IFL events will consist of four teams
— each with an athlete in all five weight classes competing. The
team that wins the best three of five match setup will be declared the
team winner for the match, similar to collegiate and high school wrestling
meets. The IFL also differs from other MMA organizations in that the
bouts are held in an oversized five-rope boxing ring with three,
four-minute rounds, each designed to create the most compelling in-arena
experience for local fans.
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,
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.