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IFL In Chicago For Shows Leading To 1st Live Broadcast

Jerry Milani sent along the following:

INTERNATIONAL FIGHT LEAGUE STORMS INTO CHICAGO FOR EVENTS LEADING UP TO
FIRST EVER LIVE MMA FIGHTS ON PRIMETIME, BROADCAST TELEVISION THIS
SATURDAY

World champion coach Pat Miletich and team featured on ESPN’s E:60
show Tuesday, player signings and appearances with USO, Warner Home Video
and Muscle Milk all lead to first-ever live MMA event on broadcast
primetime television on MyNetworkTV this Saturday from the Sears Centre

NEW YORK, October 29, 2007 — The International Fight League (OTC.BB:
IFLI), the world’s number one team-based professional mixed martial
arts league, will hit the Chicago area hard with a week of partner
activations and media activity, all leading up to Saturday night’s live
broadcast on MyNetworkTV at the Sears Centre in suburban Hoffman Estates,
Ill., the first-ever live Mixed Martial Arts event on primetime
broadcast television. The IFL “World Grand Prix,” which will air on
Saturday at 9 p.m. ET/PT, 8 p.m. CT, will feature the light heavyweight
title fight between Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko and Alex
Schoenauer, and a highly-anticipated rematch between undefeated lightweight
Chris “The Polish Hammer” Horodecki and local favorite Bart
“Bartimus” Palaszewski among the nine bouts.

“This will be a big week, not just for the IFL, its coaches and
athletes but also for the sport of Mixed Martial Arts,” said Gareb Shamus,
IFL co-founder and CEO. “Whether it is a lengthy national feature
on a legend like Pat Miletich and his athletes on ESPN, our live
broadcast on MyNetworkTV, or the activation of sponsorships with partners like
the USO, Warner Home Video and Muscle Milk, we are continuing to show
that in just over a year the sport and the IFL brand continues to make
solid strides into the mainstream.”

The IFL visibility will begin on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT,
when the new ESPN newsmagazine “E:60” takes an in-depth look at
Quad Cities Silverbacks coach Miletich, his Bettendorf, Iowa, gym and all
the athletes that make up his camp. On Wednesday, the IFL, through its
partnership with the USO, will host a dinner and seminar for
servicemen and women at the Great Lakes USO station. On Thursday, Miletich and
local athletes Rory Markham and Palaszewski will visit the General
Nutrition Center store in downtown Chicago to sign autographs, while world
champions Ken Shamrock and Carlos Newton and Matyushenko will sign
copies of WHV’s “IFL Greatest Knockouts and Extreme Action” at a
downtown FYE. Later in the day, a suburban GNC will host a signing with
world champion Bas Rutten and stars Horodecki and Benji Radach.

All this will lead to Saturday’s card at the Sears Centre, which will
showcase the best of the IFL’s nine-event regular season in each of
five weight classes. For a look at some of the top matchups on
Saturday, go to http://www.ifl.tv/Multimedia.html.

About the IFL

International Fight League (IFL) is the world’s number one
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: www.ifl.tv.

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