Teams For Rings In IFL Finals On “Battleground” Monday

Jerry Milani sent along the following:


Defending Champion Silverbacks Go For Third Straight Crown Against New
York Pitbulls

NEW YORK, September 19, 2007- For the past seven months, “IFL
Battleground” viewers have followed the 12 teams from the International
Fight League (OTC.BB: IFLI), the world’s number one professional mixed
martial arts league, through the regular season and the 2007 World
Championship semifinals. This Monday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m.
CT/MT), the program chronicles the highly-anticipated finals matchup
between Renzo Gracie’s New York Pitbulls and Pat Miletich’s defending
champion Quad Cities Silverbacks. “IFL Battleground” airs every
Monday night, with a replay on Saturday, on MyNetworkTV.

IFL stars such as Ben Rothwell and Bart Palaszewski of the Silverbacks
and Fabio Leopoldo and Delson Heleno of the Pitbulls are among the
competitors who have been featured throughout the year and who will be
competing for their respective teams. The event features five bouts, from
lightweight to heavyweight, with the team winning three or more taking
the Championship rings.

The Pitbulls, undefeated during the regular season, defeated the Tokyo
Sabres, 3-2, to advance to the finals. The Silverbacks, who won both
the 2006 Legends Championship and World Team Championship, topped the
No. 1-seeded Los Angeles Anacondas to qualify for the finals. The
Silverbacks defeated the Pitbulls, 3-2, in Moline, Ill., in September 2006 in
the only other matchup between the teams.

Matchups and personalities featured in the episode include:

* Deividas Taurosevicius (Lithuania), who has worked his way into the
starter position for the Pitbulls, challenges Palaszewski (Wonder
Lake, Ill.) in the lightweight division.
* Heleno (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), a Capoeira and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
master with the descriptive nickname of “Pe de Chumbo,” — or
“leadfoot” — for his devastating kicks, takes on Jake Ellenberger
(Omaha, Neb.), filling in for injured star Rory Markham at welterweight for
the Silverbacks.
* Middleweight Leopoldo (Sao Paolo, Brazil) returns after suffering a
shoulder injury in the last regular season bout for a rematch with the
Silverbacks’ Ryan McGivern (Bettendorf, Iowa), a civilian Army
engineer who also missed his team’s semifinal bout, but for a different
reason — the newlywed McGivern was on his honeymoon.
* Another rematch is on tap as Pitbulls’ light heavyweight Andre
Gusmao (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) puts his strong striking and ground
skills to use against Mike Ciesnolevicz (Williamstown, Pa.), whom Gusmao
defeated by second-round TKO in 2006.
* Former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez (Staten Island,
N.Y.) makes his IFL debut, substituting for injured Pitbulls heavyweight
Bryan Vetell against undefeated IFL star Ben “The North Star”
Rothwell (Milwaukee, Wis.).

Viewers can find their local MyNetworkTV affiliate at

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
and offices in Las Vegas. For more information about IFL, please see: