IFL Director of Fighter Relations Shannon Knapp has revealed that the promotion’s light heavyweight champion Vladimir Matyushenko will defend his title against Alexandre “Cacareco” Ferreira during its next show on August 15 in East Rutherford, N.J. at the Izod Center.
Knapp broke the news during an interview with Tracy Lee of CombatLifestyle.com.
Matyushenko is one of the league’s biggest success stories, going undefeated in six career IFL bouts. The former UFC competitor joined the IFL after an extended hiatus from fighting. He holds notable career victories over Vernon White, Yuki Kondo, Josh Marsh, Travis Wiuff, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Anthony Ruiz, Tim Boetsch, and Alex Schoenauer.
The Brazilian-born Ferreira is 16-5, according to Sherdog’s fight finder, and is undefeated in his last five fights. He made his IFL debut this past February in Las Vegas, where he submitted Lew Polley with a guillotine just 20 seconds into round 1. Ferreira holds career victories over Heath Herring, Shannon Ritch, Branden Lee Hinkle, Rafael Monteiro, and Fabio Maldonado.
During the course of the interview, Knapp also indicated that most of the league’s marquee fighters will be featured on the August card and that talks are taking place for middleweights Benji Radach and Tim Kennedy to both appear on the show. It is unclear whether Radach and Kennedy will be featured in separate fights, or against each other.
The August will also feature the debut of “The Hex”, the IFL’s new fighting surface which consists of a six-sided ring.