The IFL held a conference call earlier today to announce that the first round of the IFL Grand Prix will be televised live on broadcast television as well to reveal the implementation of the inaugural IFL Draft. IFL President Kurt Otto was featured on the call.
Otto began the call by discussing details of the first round of the IFL Grand Prix that will be televised live on November 3rd at 8 PM EST on MyNetworkTV. The show will be one hour long and will show a few of the fights that will be taking place that night. Matchups between lightweights Chris Horodecki and Bart Palaszewski as well as heavyweights Ben Rothwell and Roy Nelson are expected to be televised. Otto said that the final round of the Grand Prix that is scheduled to take place on December 29th may also be possibly televised live as well.
Otto also announced that light heavyweight Mike Ciesnolevicz has been forced to pull out of the Grand Prix after suffering a broken nose in his recent fight against Andre Gusmao at the IFL Championship. Replacing Ciesnolevicz will be Gusmao himself. Gusmao will take on top seeded Vladimir Matyushenko while Mike Whitehead will face off against Alex Schoenauer in the first round.
The IFL will conduct it’s first ever draft during the month of October. The draft will consist of three separate tryout sessions set to take place in Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago on October 13th, October 20th, and October 27th respectively. Fighters looking to try out must be at least 18 years of age and must have one professional MMA fight under their belt.
Otto discussed newly named President and COO Jay Larkin and the impact that he will have on the company coming over from Showtime.
Other things of note that Otto discussed were:
- The fact that Otto prefers the new Saturday night time slot compared to Monday nights. He said that the IFL is instead featured in a prime time TV slot and that they don’t have to compete with Monday Night Football any longer.
- Otto stated that some of the teams will be relocating to new cities or countries for next season. He also said that there will be a few coaching changes as well. When asked if he already found a replacement for departing Los Angeles head coach Shawn Tompkins, Otto said “maybe”.
Here are the official weigh-in results for IFL: Seattle.
Tokyo Sabres vs. Portland Wolfpack
Orvil Palmer (233.6) vs. Devin Cole (247.5)
Kazuhiro Hamanaka (185) vs. Matt Horwich (185)
Vladimir Matyushenko (204) vs. Aaron Stark (205)
Antonio McKee (169) vs. Mike Dolce (170)
Savant Young (155) vs. Ryan Schultz (155)
L.A. Anacondas vs. Seattle Tiger Sharks
Benji Radach (185) vs. Bristol Marunde (184)
Chris Horodecki (153) vs. Shad Lierley (153)
Jay Hieron (170) vs. Brad Blackburn (170)
Alex Schoenauer (204) vs. Allan Goes (205)
Krzysztof Soszynski (230) vs. Reese Andy (208)
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Here are the full results from IFL: Los Angeles.
- Conor Heun def. Clint Coronel - Decision (Split)
- Zach George def. Danny Suarez - Decision (Unanimous)
- Alex Schoenauer def. Brian Ebersole - Decision (Split)
- Benji Radach def. Brian Foster - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
- Chris Horodecki def. Josh Odom - Decision (Unanimous)
- Jay Hieron def. Donnie Liles - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
- Krzysztof Soszynski def. Dan Christison - Decision (Unanimous)
- Savant Young def. Adam Lynn - KO (Punch)
- Antonio McKee def. Rodrigo Ruas - Decision (Unanimous)
- Jeremy Williams def. Kazuhiro Hamanaka - TKO (Choke)
- Vladimir Matyushenko def. Justin Levens - TKO (Strikes)
- Antoine Jaoude def. Wayne Cole - KO (Punch)
- Bas Rutten announced he would be stepping down as the coach of the Anacondas to become the “Face of the IFL”. With the announcement, Sean Tompkins was named the new coach of the IFL’s Anacondas. Tompkins’ was successful in his head coaching debut as the Anacondas went 5-0.
Here are results from the IFL weigh-ins that took place yesterday.
Clint Coronel (155) vs. Connor Huen (155)
Zack George (155) vs. Danny Suarez (155)
Condors (So. Calif.) vs. Sabres (Tokyo)
Adam Lynn (158 lbs) vs. Savant Young (155.5 lbs)
Rodrigo Ruas (170.5) vs. Antonio McKee (170)
Jeremy Williams (185) vs. Kazuhiro Hamanaka (184)
Justin Levens (197) vs. Vladmir Matyushenko (204.5)
Antoine Jaoude (235.5) vs. Wayne Cole (221)
Razorclaws (San Jose) vs. Anacondas (Los Angeles)
Brian Ebersole (202 lbs) vs. Alex Schoenauer (204.5 lbs)
Brian Foster (184) vs. Benji Radach (185)
Josh Odom (155) vs. Chris Horodecki (154)
Donnie Liles (170) vs. Jay Hieron (170.5)
Dan Christison (263) vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (232)
Here are the full results from IFL - Houston.
- Antonio McKee def. Gabe Rivas - TKO (Knee Injury)
- Vladimir Matyushenko def. Dwayne Compton - Submission (Armbar)
- Chad Griggs def. John Marsh - TKO (Strikes)
- Savant Young def. Ed West - Decision (Unanimous)
- Matt Ver Halen def. Masaaki Izena - Decision (Unanimous)
- Ben Rothwell def. Matt Thompson - TKO
- Jay Hieron def. Victor Moreno - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
- Benji Radach def. Ryan McGivern - TKO
- Chris Horodecki def. Bart Palaszewski - Decision (Split)
- Mike Ciesnolevicz def. Alex Schoenauer - Decision (Split)
- Matt Lindland def. Carlos Newton - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Here is the rumored card for TKO 28: Inevitable.
TKO Welterweight Championship
Steve Vigneault vs Jonathan Goulet
TKO Featherweight Championship
Hatsu Hioki vs Mark Hominick
Vitor Belfort vs TBA
Sam Stout vs TBA
Ben Greer vs Stéphane Vigneault
Jason St-Louis vs Steve Claveau
Dave Pariseau vs Martin Grandmont
Stéphane Dubé vs Tyler Jackson
Chris Horodecki vs Samuel Guillet
Dave Fraser vs Steve Bossé