Thursday, July 19, 2007

IFL News

Let’s just get right down to it.

IFL Grand Prix!

The IFL will announce the lineups for a Grand Prix in each weight class next Wednesday. For each weight class, four fighters will face off tournament style, with the winners earning championship titles for their respective weight classes. The Grand Prix will take place after the IFL finals and will be decided over the course of multiple fight cards.

New Coaches, New Cities

IFL head honcho Kurt Otto said yesterday in a press conference that although the IFL has no plans on adding to its 12-team league, there may be some coaching changes, as well team relocations.

August 2 Semifinals

The semifinal coaches have named replacements for their injured fighters, and the official rosters (for now, at least) are as follows:

Iowa Silverbacks vs. L.A. Anacondas
LW: Bart Palaszewski vs. Adam Disabato (in for Chris Horodecki)
WW: Rory Markham vs. Chris Clements (in for Jay Hieron)
MW: Gerald Harris (in for Ryan McGivern) vs. Benji Radach
LHW: Mike Ciesnolevicz vs. Alex Schoenauer
HW: Ben Rothwell vs. Krzysztof Soszynski

Tokyo Sabers vs. N.Y. Pitbulls
LW: Savant Young vs. Erik Owings
WW: Antonio McKee vs. Delson Heleno
MW: David Phillips (in for Kaz Hamanaka) vs. Dan Miller (in for Fabio Leopoldo)
LHW: Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Jamal Patterson
HW: Wayne Cole vs. Bryan Vetell

With some excellent semifinal match-ups and the upcoming Grand Prix, the IFL is doing some big things in the mixed martial arts world. If you haven't warmed up to the IFL yet, I implore you to give it a shot. I wasn't thrilled by the MMA team concept initially, but it does make for good drama at times. Most important, though, the IFL delivers excellent fights and promising young talent.

Also, if you plan on attending the IFL semis at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, NJ, be sure to enter discount code "IFLWEBNJ" and save 30% on $40, $65, and $125 tickets. Who loves ya.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

dude, i used that code and saved some $. i'm psyched for the semis and you're right - people should give ifl a chance. horodecki, rothwell, palazewski, delson, hieron, ciesnolevicz are all great fighters. great coaches too. war n.y. pitbulls!