IFL Report $31 Million Losses
The IFL will promote no pay-per-views in 2008, but that is the least of the MMA group's problems. According to the the IFL's 10k SEC report filed on 4/15, the group has suffered a net loss of $31 million. The IFL received $1.6 million from MyNetwork TV for programming, but paid $15.9 million to run shows in 2007. As things stand, the group has insufficient funds to operate past the third quarter of this year.
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I don't think this will come as a surprise to anyone really. So will any of the other orgs pick up any of the talent in the IFL.
MMA Fighter Profiled In-Depth In New York Times
The New York Times helped MMA get one more step closer to mainstream acceptance Wednesday. The newspaper featured an in-depth profile of fighter Jamal Patterson, who fights in the IFL and faces IFL Light Heavyweight Champion Vladimir Matyushenko Friday night.
Bas Rutten Interview
ChokeHimOut.com recently caught up with "The Legendary" Bas Rutten . Bas was as humble as usual and very respectful. Read on to hear about Bas' toughest fight, training Kimbo Slice, hanging with Kevin James, acting and working with the IFL...
Team Bomb Squad to join IFL
Team Bomb Squad, a team comprised of some of the top MMA fighters in the Northeastern corridor of the United States, will make its formal IFL debut on May 16 at the Mogehan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, team manager Gary Marino revealed exclusively to FiveOuncesOfPain.com
April 4th IFL Card
Alex Schoenauer VS Brendan Barrett
Chris Horodecki VS Nick Lamotte
Brad Blackburn VS Delson Heleno
Bart Palaszewski VS Jim Miller
Carmelo Marrero VS Mike Ciesnolevicz
Emyr Bussade VS Jason Black
Rafael Dias VS L.C. Davis
Jay Hieron VS Mark Miller (Championship Fight)
Vladimir Matyushenko VS Jamal Patterson (Championship Fight)
Waganney Fabiano VS Shad Lierley (Championship Fight)
sorry if this is old news...i just found it..
does anyone know if it will be on T.V.?
IFL is back on TV
The International Fight League (OTC.BB: IFLI) and Fox Sports Net (FSN) announced today that the IFL's weekly, one-hour "Fight Night" show will begin its 2008 run on Saturday, April 19, at midnight local time. The show, which will begin with the IFL World Grand Prix finals from December 29, will run in that time slot through mid-July, a slot which will give the IFL limited preemptions on the FSN regional network in a spot that is key for the demo that follows the sport.
Will IFL New Blood/ New Battles be added to Secondary League ? Fight Card with Link included
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Event: New Blood New Battles
Date: April 4, 2008
Location: East Rutherford, N.J.
Venue: Izod Center
Jay Hieron vs. Mark Miller
Wagnney Fabiano vs. Shad Lierley
Jamal Patterson vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
Bart Palaszewski vs. Deividas Taurosevicius
Brad Blackburn vs. Delson Heleno
Rafael Dias vs. LC Davis
Emyr Bussade vs. Rory Markham
Carmelo Marrero vs. Mike Ciesnolevicz
Nate Lamotte vs. Chris Horodecki
IFL CEO Jay Larkin Has Battle Outside the Ring
LAS VEGAS -- Every day the alarm goes off and his eyes open is a victory for Jay Larkin.
He has one of the toughest jobs in sports: trying to take the IFL off the critical list. The league’s stock is hovering at 10 cents, rumors of its demise pop up every day and sponsors shudder at the thought of associating with it.
But Larkin looks at it all – “this great big mess,” he says – and beams.
He has a job that makes him relevant, and going to work every day trying to solve problems for folks who depend on his wisdom and his instincts almost makes him forget he has brain cancer.
Larkin, 57, was diagnosed with brain cancer in April 2007, nearly 1½ years after he parted ways with Showtime, where he founded and ran the network’s boxing program. If the IFL’s many woes make him forget, he remembers by the monthly trips to Durham, N.C., where he receives treatment at Duke University.
Ryan Schultz Ready To Defend IFL Title
Team Quest’s Ryan Schultz seemed like the perpetually snake bitten fighter for much of his career.
Momentum built up by big wins over fighters such as Eddy Ellis, Gil Castillo and Roger Huerta were often derailed shortly thereafter by inexplicable losses. Consistency often eluded Schultz, until last year.
Preliminary Injunction Ruling Delayed in Couture Case
LAS VEGAS, Feb. 26 -- Lawyers for Zuffa LLC, parent company of the UFC, had hoped to come away with a preliminary injunction Tuesday enjoining both Randy Couture (Pictures) and his Xtreme Couture brand from lending their stature to the UFC's rivals.
However, after hearing nearly two hours of arguments, Judge Jennifer Togliatti delayed her ruling to allow Couture's legal team to secure an affidavit from the International Fight League regarding the promotion's intentions should the Xtreme Couture moniker be barred from use at the IFL's Feb. 29 show in Las Vegas.
The parties will be back in court Thursday at 4:30 p.m. for a limited comment period narrowly focused on the IFL affidavit. Togliatti is then expected to issue her ruling.
Zuffa is hoping the court will stop Couture from "engaging in any promotion or production of any events or programming related to unarmed combat during the one-year restricted period in his employment agreement."
IFL Off MyNetworkTV
MyNetworkTV officials have confirmed that the hit show "IFL Battleground", which had originally been picked up for a second season and was to return in the coming weeks, is now cancelled. No specific reason given. Fox Sports Net will continue to air taped fights after they air on HDNet.
Josh Haynes Replaces Injured Radach
Due to injury, middleweight Benji Radach has been forced to pull out of a Feb. 29 bout with Leopoldo Serao in Las Vegas, but he will be replaced by Xtreme Couture teammate Josh Haynes.
Disappointing news, but happy to see Haynes get a shot.
Tim Kennedy - Open Letter
To the IFL and fans of MMA,
It is with regret that I must announce I will have an assignment with the United States Army that will prevent me from fighting on the 29th of February, 2008. I serve my country with great honor and I am proud of my service.
I would like to thank the MMA, IFL fans, and media that have rallied to my support.
I am sorry I will be unable to provide another exciting fight. Your support over the MMA forums and articles has been extremely humbling and kind.
This fight with Matt Horwich would have been an excellent match up for me and for the fans, as our styles would have made a great fight.
This assignment will not prevent me from other fights this year. As many of you know, I had four IFL and HDNet fights along with five US Army fights in 2007. This is the first fight in 7 years of fighting I will have to miss.
Fighting is what I enjoy and I will return this year!
I would like to specifically thank Kurt Otto and the IFL for their continued support of me and my commitments to the United States Army.
The IFL is a great organization that truly supports its fighters and provides an excellent show for the fans in attendance. I wish them the best and I hope they will give me another chance to win the IFL belt this year.
All the best,
Bas Rutten Named IFL VP
Bas Rutten has been named Vice President, Fighter Operations for the IFL. It's a new position that will allow him to oversee the contact between the IFL and its fighters, including matchmaking within and outside IFL.
Exclusive: IFL Comments on UFC Champion Randy Couture
So, what is Randy Couture's involvement in the IFL Mixed Martial Arts league? Rumors have been swirling around the MMA world regarding the reigning UFC Champion, whose contract dispute or retirement (depending on whose legal analysis you listen to - UFC's or Couture's) has left him in a very interesting situation.
Couture, under contract to UFC, appeared at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Chris Horodecki's corner for the main event of IFL's Grand Prix Finals on December 29th, which was broadcast on billionaire Mark Cuban's HDNet. Earlier in December, IFL co-founder Kurt Otto mentioned Couture's name as a possible coach during the IFL's conference call to discuss their plans for 2008, but wouldn't commit to anything in terms of Couture's appearances.
Angle On IFL, Shamrock Allegations
Former WWE Champion and current TNA Wrestling Champion Kurt Angle recently responded to allegations by the IFL and Ken Shamrock over Angle turning down a fight with Shamrock for a future IFL show, among other topics.
IFL Opener Takes Shape with 3 Title Fights
Three title fights and two new teams will highlight the International Fight League's 2008 season opener Feb. 29 at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
IFL middleweight champion Matt Horwich (Pictures) (21-9-1) will defend his title against Tim Kennedy (Pictures) (9-2). Horwich knocked out Benji Radach (Pictures) to win the belt in December, and Kennedy finished all three of his IFL opponents in 2007.
Lightweight titleholder Ryan Schultz (Pictures) (18-9-1), who impressively stopped Chris Horodecki (Pictures) in the IFL Grand Prix, will defend against John Gunderson (Pictures) (15-5).
Fabiano Scherner (Pictures) (7-5) will challenge heavyweight titleholder Roy Nelson (Pictures) (11-2).
Palaszewski training with Matyushenko, Arlovski, Curran for rematch with Taurosevicius
By Chris Yucus
International Fight League lightweight slugger Bart Palaszewski is leaving Pat Miletich’s tutelage for the Chicago-based IFL team.
According to Palaszewski, the team will be affiliated with former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski’s team and trainers and will include former Chicago Red Bear Mark Miller (8-2) and IFL light heavyweight champion Vladimir Matyushenko (20-3).
[...]Palaszewski (28-10) expects a title shot if he can get past his next fight, which he said will be on Friday, April 4. It will be a rematch of his controversial submission loss to Deividas Taurosevicius (9-2) at the 2007 IFL World Championship last September in Hollywood, Fla.