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IFL starts 2008 off with three title fights in one night

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IFL 2008
Less than two months removed from the 2007 Grand Prix Finals during which champions were crowned for the first time in the short history of the promotion, the International Fight League (IFL) will run another show on Friday, February 29, 2008, and put three titles back on the line.

According to a recent press release, middleweight champion Matt Horwich will take on the extremely game Tim Kennedy, who capped off a solid 2007 fight season with a stoppage of Elias Rivera at the Grand Prix just days after giving Mayhem Miller all he could handle at HDNet Fights: "Reckless Abandon."

Ryan Shultz -- who crushed and abused undefeated phenom Chris Horodecki in the first round during their lightweight title bout at the Grand Prix -- will defend his belt for the first time against John Gunderson (the man who he replaced to face "The Polish Hammer").

In addition, Roy Nelson will put his heavyweight crown on the line against IFL newcomer, Fabiano Scherner.

This event, which takes place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, will also feature the team competitions between Matt Lindland's Team Quest vs. Ken Shamrock's Lions Den and Team Xtreme Couture vs. Mario Sperry's MMA Top Team.

It's the first time that Xtreme Couture and its Las Vegas-based fighters will be represented in the competition.

Here's the fight card to date:

Prelim

145 lbs.: Ian Loveland vs. Dennis Davis

Team Xtreme Couture vs. MMA Top Team (Mario Sperry)

170 lbs.: TBD vs. Marcello Salazar
185 lbs.: Benji Radach vs. TBD
TBD: Match up TBD

Team Quest (Matt Lindland) vs. Lions Den (Ken Shamrock)

170 lbs.: TBD vs. Pat Healy
155 lbs.: Ryan Schultz vs. John Gunderson
265 lbs.: Roy Nelson vs. Fabiano Scherner

Main Event
185 lbs.: Tim Kennedy vs. Matt Horwich

For tickets, which go on sale as of January 12, head over to www.orleansarena.com or call (702) 284-7777. For more details hit up the IFL official Web site.