As mentioned before, I was out drinking on Saturday but I did manage to set my VCR properly to tape the IFL semi-finals. All in all, it wasn’t too shabby but it could have been better. Here’s a breakdown of my random thoughts on the show:
Kenny Rice is a wanker. I don’t know why every promotion thinks they need a smarmy announcer with ‘the voice’. Fuck ‘the voice’. I know I don’t get invited on nobody’s stupid MMA podcasts because I sound like a 14 year old boy going through a painful puberty. Plus I tend to say ‘cock’ too much. But I’m more entertaining than most other people out there. And most announcers out there are way better than Kenny despite not having ‘the voice’. Fuck ‘the voice’.
The show’s production values reminded me of an episode of American Gladiators. Overall they did a good job of stuffing two fights into one hour … I was thinking since they both went to a decision they might not catch the decision for the second bout. The graphics looked 80’s and I have no idea why they thought it was a good idea to try and squeeze the IFL logo into that tiny rectangle ticker up at the top. And why the fuck was it up top???? Tickers go downstairs, dummies.
They did a terrible job of pointing out that this was a live show. Past Kenny Rice saying “Live from Chicago” after every commercial break, there was nary a sign that this was a live show. If I was running this shit, the word ‘LIVE!!!’ would have been on the screen for the entire show, blinking and changing colors and occasionally inducing epileptic fits.
Palaszewski vs. Horodecki : I’m sure the IFL was wishing for a Bonnar-Griffin style match and this came inches from becoming that kind of bout. The first round went to Horodecki and then Palaszewski came back and pounded on Horodecki in the second. The third is where this fight failed to deliver, as both fighters seemed to have blown their loads. Palaszewski was pissed he didn’t win the decision, but he didn’t do anything to earn it in the third. Overall it was a great match but the last round was a letdown.
Schoenauer vs Matyushenko : Someone get Schoenauer some fucking sprawl lessons. Like most wresters do, Matyushenko reverted to his bread and butter the second Schoenauer started to get the best of him on the feet. A good corner could have destroyed Matyushenko’s tactics easily, but there was no change between rounds two and three. Schoenauer gave this bout away, with Matyushenko lay n’ praying to a win. The last two minutes were practically painful to watch as Matyushenko killed the time pushing Schoenauer into the ropes and holding him.
Overall, I give the night a tentative thumbs up. If the IFL does more live shows, I’ll watch them. But please for God’s sake – do two hours next time!