Poor Super Fight League. Just when I think they may be onto something with their Indian TUF clone, news comes out that they’re on the edge of death. MMA Mania noticed that the promotion’s website has removed three of four planned events:
Although no official announcement regarding the removal of these events has been made it seems probable that they have been cancelled which would leave the SFL with just one show booked, on September 29 in Bangalore. That card is expected to feature Satoshi Ishii vs Jimmy Ambriz and Jeff Monson vs Todd Duffee but it appears it could also be the last event the SFL ever holds.
Filming is due to start any day now on the SFL Challengers reality TV show (read more about that here) and the SFL also just signed a distribution deal with The Fight Network in North America but it appears that these last ditch attempts to save the sinking ship have not been successful.
Insiders say that SFL Challengers has already suffered a series of setbacks with Chaitanya Gavli one of a number of fighters to have walked away due to problems supposedly related to late payments. Whereas in the past the SFL brought in Dennis Hallman at huge expense in order to coach fighters costs have now been cut to the extent that the SFL was unable to afford a single established fighter to work on the ‘Challengers’ series and instead the coaches will be SFL COO Daniel Isaac, who has no MMA experience, and a female Serbian fighter called Sanja Sucevic.
What about “I am with your dreams” guy?? He may not be a coach, but there’s no doubt in my mind he’s an inspiration to all.
It’s not much of a surprise that SFL may be on the verge of insolvency. They followed the tried, tested and true formula for running a promotion into the ground: spend way too much money at the beginning on stupid shit and fighters no one really cares about, then panic when the crowds you needed don’t show up. Personally, I am shocked that the people of India haven’t been clamoring for tickets when offered such amazing fights as Todd Duffee vs Niel Grove and James Thompson vs Bobby Lashley. After all, fights like that would work in Iowa, so it should work in Mumbai too, right?