Saturday, March 17, 2007


By Mick Hammond

Heading into the 2007 season of the IFL, people wondered if Bas Rutten’s Los Angels Anacondas could take the next step and get to the finals of the World Team Tournament and possibly supplant two-time defending champions Quad Cities Silverbacks.

This past February the team responded to the questions surrounding them by defeating the Silverbacks 3-2, and cementing themselves as the early favorites for this year’s WTT Championship.

Individually, while some members of the team continue to roll, such as Chris Horodecki, bad luck still seems to be finding itself a home in light-heavyweight Alex Schoenauer.

For two consecutive fights, Schoenauer has found himself on the losing end of bouts he could have won, for one reason or another.

But with tonight's match-up in L.A. against the Frank Shamrock-lead San Jose Razorclaws comes another chance for individual redemption and for the Anacondas to further secure the first of four slots in this year’s WTT.

“I feel good,” said Alex of his condition heading into Saturday’s showdown with the San Jose Razorclaws. You know, it’s just another day at the office. Train, train, train, get ready for a fight, it’s just another day.”

Schoenauer continued, “I really haven’t heard a lot about Shamrock’s team. I know they changed a lot of their guys and that they’re really gunning for us.”

As Alex points out, the Razorclaws, like all the other teams in the league, are shooting to take out the Anacondas, thanks to their stellar performance against the Silverbacks in February.

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