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IFL Announces Major Change In Senior Management

Jerry Milani sent along the following:


Jay Larkin named Chief Executive Officer

NEW YORK, November 20, 2007 — The International Fight League (OTC.BB:
IFLI), the world’s number one team-based professional mixed martial
arts league, today announced a change in its senior leadership, naming
Jay Larkin acting Chief Executive Officer. Larkin, who had joined the
IFL as President and Chief Operating Officer on September 21, 2007,
replaces IFL co-founder Gareb Shamus, who resigned his positions as
chairman and chief executive officer, effective immediately. Shamus will
remain available to the IFL as a consultant.

“Taking a sports and entertainment entity from an idea to an
established brand in 14 months is nothing short of amazing. Gareb should be
commended for his vision and leadership during that period,” Larkin
said. “From first class events with rising athletes to quality
broadcast television and landmark licensing and sponsorship deals, the IFL
brand that has been built is very strong, and I look forward to the
challenge of taking that growing brand and working with our television
partners, business partners, staff, coaches and athletes to make it the best
organization possible for a very long time to come.”

Larkin joined the IFL after having spent over 20 years at media giant
Showtime, rising from a junior publicist to one of the most powerful and
respected dealmakers in the sport of boxing, during his storied
career. An accomplished television and theatrical producer, his educational
background has included time at the Boston Conservatory of Music; the
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television; and a degree in theater and
directing from C.W. Post. He began at Showtime in 1984, and helped
create some of the channel’s greatest entertainment specials involving
legends ranging from Frank Sinatra and Paul McCartney to The Rolling
Stones, Britney Spears, and The Spice Girls among others.

During that time, the Brooklyn native also oversaw the channel’s
growth in boxing, beginning in 1986 with Marvelous Marvin Hagler's
middleweight title defense against John Mugabi. He negotiated the deals and
helped create some of boxing’s most legendary matchups of the last
quarter century, including numerous Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Julio
Cesar Chavez fights. He also was one of the key negotiators and
co-executive producer of what was then the biggest money fight in history,
the 2002 heavyweight championship bout between Lennox Lewis and Tyson
that happened because of a landmark deal between Showtime (Tyson's
network) and rival HBO (Lewis' network).

The final IFL event of 2007, the IFL “World Grand Prix,” will take
place on Saturday, December 29, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville,
Connecticut. The event will mark the first time in North America that
five MMA title belts will be on the line in the same night. The 2008
IFL schedule is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

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,
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