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Ben Rothwell and Mike Whitehead axed from IFL Grand Prix

Once again, the IFL has managed to take a good idea and fuck it up. Last week they announced they would air the IFL Grand Prix live on MyNetworkTV. That’s a good idea. But then everyone realized they’re only showing an hour of it live … 3 fights if we’re lucky.

Regardless, the idea of a Grand Prix is still pretty sweet … take the best fighters in the league and make them fight eachother. What a novel idea huh? Hell, it kinda sounds like what every successful MMA organization does for ALL their shows (excluding UFC 78)! But now the IFL is fucking that up by dropping two of their best fighters from the Grand Prix because they don’t want a champion who’ll fuck off next year to another group.

This is a perfect case of what works for the goose not always working for the gander. Whatever the fuck that means. But yeah … what works for the UFC – keeping guys from fighting for a belt without being locked into long term contracts – isn’t really viable for the IFL. Why? Because the IFL is second-tier. I’m not gonna go so far as to call them minor league, but they’re definitely nowhere close to the UFC, ProElite, HERO’s … ya know, the big boys.

So acting like they’re top tier is just another example of the IFL living in a state of delusion, and really makes me doubt their business plans even more than before. The best the IFL should be hoping for now is that their Grand Prix finalists will all move up to fight in the UFC. That would at least give the company some sort of validity as a legitimate feeder organization for the fighters who are in it. You can’t expect the best fighters in your company to stick around when your company isn’t #1. That’s like expecting a top prospect to keep playing for their college football team when an NFL team is calling with a multi-million dollar offer.

This is just the first of many tough-guy moves by the IFL that we’ll be seeing in the next few months. They’re probably reasoning that they’re being too nice and that’s why they’re losing money. The truth of the matter though is they’re losing money because they over-extended themselves before bothering to make the company profitable. They can’t downsize because they’re stuck having to create two hours of TV content a week. And the irony is these TV deals aren’t even covering the costs of making that content!

Anyways, all in all the IFL is fucked. Or maybe not. Remind me later this week to make a post on how to change the IFL so it would stop losing money. Not like they’re gonna do it. Stupid bastards.

  • bmiller

    Hey fightlinker,

    Remember to make a post later this week on how to change the IFL so they will stop losing money.

  • ted dibiase

    so where are whitehead and rothwell heading to?

    i could see rothwell being courted by the ufc but i remember reading about dana white trashing all over the IFL. i remember whitehead on the TUF show so dana could be interested in him also. doesnt he train with randy?

    i dont really care about either of em really, id just like to see slothwell get molested by someone in the ufc.

    i seen the retards at fiveouncesofpain have rothwell ranked in the hw class. that site is stupid as hell. i cant find a decent mma news site.

  • fightlinker
  • ted dibiase

    yeah i actually do go to mmajunkie but since they blocked my posting privledges im hating on them now. and i cant stand reading the posts from all the homers and nut huggers there. i wanna smash all their faces.

    when are you gonna let me be the artie lang to your howard and robbin on the low blow?

  • garth

    damn. i need to post more if i’m gettin in the once a day list.

  • Mr. Theplague

    I would be crying after reading this if I were Gareb Shamus. Ouch. I’m just waiting for IFL to sink so I can see how Rothwell does in the UFC.

  • bmiller

    Hey Fightlinker,
    I go to ufcmania, ufcjunkie, sherdog, and fightlinker dailey, i also do the occasional tagg. With the top four though, I visit the sites in that order, bc i like to read what the news is and then save you for last to see what kinda jokes you have about the current news. You really know how to put the cherry on top of the ice cream. Thanks and keep up the good work.

  • fightlinker

    hehe thanks. I don’t really hate you either ;-) Half the people who come here are as smarmy as me … they’re just too lazy to do what I do on a regular basis :-)

  • marshal

    IFL best be scared, the UFC has the power to drop down some fat $2,999 8 fight contracts. I know, it’s not about the money.

  • Mr. Theplague

    That kinda cheese could by me a rim for my Daewoo!

  • kentyman

    Do you really visit all those sites, or subscribe to them with a RSS aggregator? I actually subscribe to 57 different MMA feeds with Google Reader. Much easier than visiting all those sites and keeping up with what I already read.

  • Jonathan

    What is this, a circle jerk?

  • fightlinker

    I actually read them all, because it’s not just about knowing what’s going on, it’s about mocking the writers and lifting specific quotes to make people look stupid.

  • ted dibiase

    “it’s about mocking the writers and lifting specific quotes to make people look stupid”

    nice, bring em down to your level.