I know the whole point of the IFL draft was to find diamonds in the rough, but I’m sure IFL execs were hoping for at least a few notable fighters from smaller organizations to show up. Unfortunately for them, past the always game but not always capable Jason Guida, the only other notable names they got were journeyman Brian Gassaway and TUF3 quitter Noah Inhofer. You can see the entire list of draft fighters here at MMA on Tap.
The thing I don’t get is how exactly this draft is going to work … are the guys who get picked going to have to move wherever their team is? Are they going to have to give up their existing training camps? How many free places are really available on IFL teams? I imagine most coaches in the IFL are giving the huge majority if not all their spots to fighters from their own training camps.
In short, the idea of a draft is all nice and well and it plays into the whole ‘league’ feel, but I’ll be amazed if more than 10 guys actually get drafted into any of the teams.