International Fight League Caps Record Week by Breaking Attendance Mark in State of Washington

The
International Fight League, the world’s number one team-based professional
mixed martial arts league, completed one of the busiest weeks in its one-year
history with a number of landmark announcements. Capping the week was a
near-sellout crowd of 6,977 on Friday night at the

Everett

Events

Center just outside
Seattle, the largest crowd ever to see an MMA or boxing event in state history.

“May will
go down as one of the landmark months for the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, and
our outstanding events in Chicago and Everett show that the IFL brand is
growing exponentially, with more to come,” said Gareb Shamus, IFL co-founder
and CEO. “With a growing number of long-term partners like Warner Home Video,
MyNetworkTV, Microsoft Xbox, FSN and new partner HeadBlade, not to mention our
world champion coaches and outstanding athletes, we are just getting started.”

In
addition to record crowd, Friday night saw one of the strongest fight cards in
MMA in 2007, as the Los Angeles Anacondas and Tokyo Sabres both posted wins to
advance to the IFL playoffs August 2 at the Continental Airlines Arena in East
Rutherford, New Jersey. The highlight fight of the night saw the Anacondas’
undefeated lightweight Chris Horodecki take a decision from the Seattle Tiger
Sharks’ previously unbeaten former New York University wrestler Shad Lierley, a
fight which announcers Stephen Quadros and Bas Rutten both dubbed the best
fight of the year in 2007.

“That
fight showed everyone what the IFL is all about,” said Rutten. “You had two
different styles go against each other in a very competitive weight class, and
both athletes traded punches, kicks and other moves for every second of the
three rounds. It is a fight that all MMA fans who weren’t there will need to
see on MyNetworkTV and FSN. It was the continued emergence of two of the next
stars of the sport.”

The IFL
has now drawn the largest MMA audience in the states of

Illinois
(

Moline),

Oregon
(

Portland) and Georgia (Gwinnett) in addition to
its record in

Everett,
all in the past seven months.

The in-
and out-of-the-ring successes in

Washington
for the IFL were not the only highlights of the week. Earlier, MyNetworkTV
announced that “IFL Battleground,” hosted by Rutten and Tiffany Fallon, will be
a key anchor for its fall lineup. The show, which has seen the new network
dramatically increase its viewership in the male demo, will add an additional
eight, two-hour episodes in the fall, on top of the original 22. It will
continue to be seen Mondays at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific/7 p.m. Central, with
a re-air at the same time on Saturday nights. Also, Warner Home Video, the
world’s largest distributor of DVD’s, announced that its first IFL-themed video,
“IFL Greatest Knockouts and Extreme Action,” will hit stores on September 18.

The groundswell of activity is not expected to
stop any time soon, as the IFL moves to

Las Vegas
for its first-ever event in the state of

Nevada
on Saturday, June 16, at the Las Vegas Hilton. The final two playoff spots, as
well as many individual slots in the year-end World Grand Prix, will be at
stake when Renzo Gracie’s New York Pitbulls meet Carlos Newton’s Toronto
Dragons, while Ken Shamrock’s Nevada Lions take on Don Frye’s Tucson Scorpions.