It’s been a while since I’ve ripped into the IFL for being a farce, and I do apologize for that. Things have actually been going well for them lately, with their Grand Prix Finals being picked up by HDNet and the promise of a steamy live broadcast relationship through 2008.
However, dumb moves always come back to bite you in the ass. I’m sure the IFL thought it was fucking genius to mess with the tournament brackets halfway through the tournament, moving Wagnney Fabiano from the Lightweight championship match to a previously nonexistant Featherweight belt fight.
I mean, who really cares? This lets them jump start their new division, and they had Shad Lierley ready to step in to face Chris Horokecki in what they billed in advertisements as a potential ‘Fight of the Year’ (p.s. no it wasn’t).
Well, the gods of MMA were obviously displeased with the IFL fucking with the tournament format, and so Zeus struck Shad Lierley down with a broken toe such as no one has ever seen before! Woe on Shad, who may never walk again! If only the injury was not so severe, perhaps Shad could have fought through it. But toe injuries are serious business. Lets take a moment to be thankful that Shad is still alive today.
So John Gunderson (2-2 in the IFL) stepped up! And then stepped down with some sort of hand injury. Again, let’s just be thankful that Gunderson’s career isn’t over because of this. Now Ryan Schultz (4-2 in the IFL) has answered the call, no doubt a bit leery of the curse which seems to be upon this tournament bracket.
All in all, the IFL shouldn’t have fucked with the tournament after it had started. Bad mojo, man. Bad mojo.