Thursday, March 1, 2007


By Mike Johnson

MyNetworkTV Presents Countdown to Battleground

Excitement Builds for Broadcast Premiere of Mixed Martial Arts Programming

New York, March 1, 2007 MyNetworkTV, the broadcast home of the International Fight League, announced today that it will present Countdown to Battleground on Wednesday, March 7 at 8 p.m. (EST/PST). The one-hour special will give audiences a sneak preview of the new MyNetworkTV show, IFL Battleground.

The program is designed to introduce audiences to the IFL and mixed martial arts, as well as the athletes and teams that make up the league. Countdown to Battleground will include interviews with the fighters and the five legendary coaches, Ken Shamrock, Renzo Gracie, Pat Miletich, Bas Rutten and Frank Shamrock. Audiences will also get a taste of the action-packed fast-paced competition through recaps of recent IFL events.

We are excited to bring viewers a taste of the powerful battles, intense rivalries and inspiring stories that will be featured this season on IFL Battleground, said Greg Meidel, President, MyNetworkTV.

We are looking forward to exposing these great athletes and our legendary coaches and the sport of MMA to the largest TV audience ever, said Gareb Shamus, co-founder and CEO, International Fight League. This preview will give viewers an intense glimpse of the action and the personalities that will be coming every Monday night starting March 12.

MyNetworkTV is a primetime general entertainment broadcast television network. Targeted to Adults 18-49 and broadcast televisions only all Hi-Definition network, it reaches over 95% of the country. MyNetworkTV provides its affiliates 12 hours of programming Monday through Saturday. Currently, MyNetworkTV airs Twentieth Televisions dramas Wicked Wicked Games, starring Oscar-winning actress Tatum ONeal, and Watch Over Me, with Dayanara Torres, Casper Van Dien and Catherine Oxenberg. For more information, please visit

International Fight League (IFL) is the worlds first professional mixed martial arts sports league. IFL has its headquarters in New York, NY and offices in Las Vegas, NV. For more information about IFL, please see:

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