Tonight marks a new season for the IFL as well as a new television deal and new fight format. IFL: New Blood, New Battles takes place tonight from the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. 5thRound.com will be in attendance taking pictures and providing live results as they take place.
If you want to watch the event for yourself you can catch all of the live action on HDNet starting at 8PM PT, which will be followed by Kim Couture’s MMA debut.
There are three IFL championship belts on the line tonight as Matt Horwich, Roy Nelson and Ryan Schultz are all defending their belts but we’re also going to see some of the top MMA camps in the world squaring off against each other as a part of the IFL’s new camp-based format as opposed to the former team-based format.
Team Quest headed by Matt Lindland will be in action as well as Ken Shamrock’s Lion’s Den. The primary camp-based match will feature Mario Sperry’s World Class Fight Center against the newly formed Team Tompkins.
Team Tompkins is really Xtreme Couture, but due to the legal issues regarding Randy Couture’s contract status with the UFC the IFL was forced to change the name thus avoiding any legal issues.
Anyways, make sure you check back to 5thRound.com later on tonight for exclusive coverage of the IFL’s new season.
Here are the matches for tonight:
IFL Lightweight Title Match
Ryan Schultz (C) vs. John Gunderson
IFL Middleweight Title Match
Matt Horwich (C) vs. Ryan McGivern
IFL Heavyweight Title Match
Fabiano Scherner vs. Roy Nelson (C)
Team Quest Fight Club vs. Ken Shamrock’s Lion’s Den
Jake Ellenberger vs. Pat Healy
World Class Fight Center vs. Team Tompkins
Rafael Dias vs. Santino DeFranco
Leopoldo Serao vs. Josh Haynes
Alexandre Ferreira vs. Lew Polley
Preliminary Bout – Featherweight
Ian Loveland (Team Quest) vs. Dennis Davis (Team Tompkins)
For those who didn’t have a chance to listen to Wednesday’s edition of “The Run Down” Radio Show, we had Crooklyn from CageSideLive.net join us as we previewed both the IFL’s event on Friday as well as UFC 82 on Saturday. You can listen to the show by heading over to The Run Down page and clicking on the play button!
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