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IFL death watch

Sam Caplan does a good job of breaking down point by point why everything suspects that the IFL’s May 16th card might be it’s last:

  • The IFL hasn’t scheduled any events past the current upcoming one
  • The May show finishes their 3-event deal with HDNet
  • Their SEC filing says they don’t have enough money to get through 2008
  • Jay Larkin released a bunch of depressed ramblings on how MMA is doomed (that’s my own)

But perhaps the promotion isn’t toast yet! received a press release yesterday from the IFL to announce that it will be hosting a conference call on Thursday. The first thought that went into my head was that perhaps the promotion was going to announce that it would be suspending operations following the May 16 show? Not so. IFL CEO Jay Larkin and Vice President of Talent Relations Bas Rutten will both be available to the media to discuss future event scheduling (believed to be a new fight card) as well as a “major new initiative for the IFL.”

While a “major new initiative for the IFL” probably doesn’t mean they’re going to announce they’re shutting down, I do expect a “major restructuring” aka mass firing of nearly everyone in order to prolong the inevitable. But then again, that doesn’t sound like a new initiative … sounds more like the continuation of what’s been going on for the past year and a half.

  • Jeremy (not that Jeremy)

    “Major new initiative” = bought for one half of one cent on the dollar by Mark Cuban.

  • el feo

    I’ve always said, why the fuck doesn’t the IFL use a CAGE?
    I liked Pride, and like Dream, but that’s Japan. People here like to see cage fights. I would have liked to see the IFL get over, really. But it appears they just done fucked up too much.

  • Jersey Tomato

    All I can say is good thing Bas Rutten’s gig on “Inside MMA” is going so well. The IFL is a dead man walking. You know it, I know it and casual MMA fans know it. I bet no one on this website could name for me one freaking IFL team. I am pretty sure there is an Anaconda something-or-others but that is as close I can come.

  • #1 jackal

    i can damn near name all the teams and almost most of the fighters. but that is just bc i am a mma dork. you wont find to many people that know shit about ifl, i agree with that

  • clint notestine

    Too bad I kind of like some of the fighters in the IFL and the way they take care of their fighters.

  • DannyP72

    Hopefully it collapses soon as some of their good fighters can move on. The brazilian featherweight champ for one should be in the WEC

  • Lifer

    waggney fabiano is the fucking man.

  • #1 jackal

    fabiano is the best kept secret that nobody knows about. he would kick some arse in the ufc

  • fightlinker

    The sooner the IFL is toast, the sooner he’ll end up in the UFC

  • Kierkegaard

    Would Fabiano really be that effective in the UFC, where there is no 145 pound division? He could definitely be a contender to watch in the WEC and provide a great matchup with Faber there, but I’m not sure I can see him doing damage in the UFC against guys that are traditionally much heavier than he would have to fight at.

  • Kierkegaard

    …. oh, and BE has reported that the IFL is going to announce the introduction of “the HEX” — some kind of strange hexagon shaped ring with ropes — as its new fighting surface. Apparently somebody from the IFL has suggested that the hex is the future fighting surface for “all” of mma. Somebody better tell the UFC that that octagon thing isn’t going to last …

  • fightlinker

    I love how the IFL continues to put band aids on axewounds. Actually they’re putting band aids on their forehead when the axe wound is in their side. They’re clueless

  • Popetastic

    Yeah, that Hexagon-shaped ring is gonna revolutionize the sport! It’s gonna rule and shit! Not sure how it’s any different, but looks so damn cool. If only they could somehow make a HEX/YAMMA love-child fighting surface. That would PWN n shit. Suckers.

  • Lifer

    they should just have everyone fight inside the pit of carkoon like real men.

  • kentyman

    I see the Sarlacc eeking out a decision after a few thousand years.