Gomi-Horodecki Remains Unsigned

Chris Horodecki. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

A proposed lightweight battle between former PRIDE title holder Takanori Gomi and International Fight League standout Chris Horodecki has not yet been signed, leaving Gomi without an opponent heading into next month’s scheduled “Sengoku IV” event in Japan.

The news comes from MMA Weekly, which confirmed with Horodecki himself that the possibility of him fighting Gomi in August hasn’t gone past anything else than the discussions stage at this point. World Victory Road also isn’t the only promotion in which the Canadian may be appearing the near future either.

“My management is talking to DREAM along with some other organizations,” Horodecki said in the article. “To my knowledge nothing is finalized yet, so it’s just talk for now. I don’t think the IFL is officially done yet, so that and TKO’s card in October are two other options we’re looking at.”

“Of course, it would be an amazing honor to fight Takanori Gomi,” Horodecki continued. “He’s one of the best in the world. He’s got really heavy hands so I’d have to watch out for that. I’d definitely have to sit down and study his tapes and come up with a good game plan. It’s hard to comment anymore than that because I haven’t studied Gomi enough to say. I’m sort of in limbo right now, just enjoying my summer and training hard in London and at Xtreme Couture Toronto.”

TKO Championship Fighting figurehead Stephane Patry stated earlier this month that Horodecki could possibly be returning to the promotion to fulfill the last fight on his contract before the end of the year. We also can’t forget that the UFC is reportedly in discussions to purchase the almost-defunct IFL for a price estimated around $1 million.

Reports: UFC in Talks to Purchase IFL

Dana White. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

In a move that seems all too typical these days, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is reportedly in discussions to purchase the almost-defunct International Fight League for a price estimated around $1 million.

The news comes from MMA Payout, which has cited a senior producer of HDNet’s “Inside MMA” program as a source, and has since been confirmed by Sam Caplan at Five Ounces of Pain. According to Caplan, a deal has not yet been finalized but Zuffa, the parent company of the UFC, is indeed attempting to complete an acquisition of the New York-based promotion that has fallen on hard times over the past year.

The UFC’s potential acquisition of the IFL will likely be similar to the UFC’s purchase of the World Fighting Alliance in 2006, where the UFC acquired select fighter contracts and the available video library while the WFA agreed to cease operations.IFL Senior Vice President of Communications Joe Favorito reportedly declined to comment when asked about the potential sale.

Even though UFC President Dana White has been extremely critical of the IFL and it’s methods in the past, his promotion could benefit greatly by adding some of the talent currently under contract with the IFL. In fact, after IFL officials publicly announced that it intended to keep those fighters under contract with them as active as possible by having them fight for other organizations, the UFC acquired a slew of former IFL fighters - Brad Blackburn, Reese Andy, and Rory Markham will also be fighting for the UFC this weekend for starters.

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IFL Scraps August Show; Trouble Looms

Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

The International Fight League announced earlier this afternoon that they have opted to cancel their scheduled August 15th event at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ, in light of the company’s current financial condition which is looking very bad at the moment according to company officials.

The event was rumored to be featuring title defenses by current IFL champions Vladimir Matyushenko and Ryan Schultz as well as the participation of lightweight standout Chris Horodecki and the debut of the IFL’s new six-sided ring called “The Hex”. A future date for the show to potentially take place in the future was not announced.

The organization will now apparently explore options that would have it essentially saved by investors interested in pumping money into the company. However if they aren’t found in the near future, it seems that the IFL will seek protection from its creditors through the courts and pretty much shut down for good.

Because a date for another event is not even on IFL officials minds at this point, the fighters under contract to the promotion will now have the option of fighting in other organizations while the IFL attempts to save itself. It will also continue to downsize its staff to reduce operating costs.

On a conference call this afternoon with the media, IFL CEO Jay Larkin expressed his desire to partner or work with a number of other organizations currently still successfully running, namely EliteXC and Strikeforce who have both made great strides in securing television deals over the last year, one of Larkin’s sticking points throughout the call.

“We’re open to anything as of right now,” Larkin said. “We’d definitely be willing to partner up with another organization in order to work together and continue to put on the IFL brand of product that has made us so well-liked within the MMA community. In order to do so, we’d want a partner that has a solid financial base and an existing television deal, without the television deal these days, it’s becoming harder and harder to promote your product to the fans.”

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Nelson, Schultz, Miller Win at Mohegan

UNCASVILLE, CT – Heavyweight Roy Nelson (Las Vegas) and lightweight Ryan Schultz (North Platte, Neb.) defended their respective International Fight League titles while Dan Miller (Sparta, N.J.) scored a victory over defending middleweight champion Ryan McGivern (Bettendorf, Iowa) before 4,530 tonight at the Mohegan Sun Arena.  Nelson capped the evening with a victory over Brad Imes (Kansas City, Mo.), after Schultz defeated fellow lightweight Deividas Taurosevicius (Lithuania) to retain his belt.

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IFL Connecticut Weigh-In Results

Roy Nelson and Brad Imes weigh-in for their heavyweight title bout at tonight’s IFL event at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

The official weigh-in results for tonight’s International Fight League event at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut are below. All fighters successfully made weight on their first try with the exception of Josh Souder, who needed only a few minutes to cut his extra weight.

The event will feature a total of three title bouts. IFL heavyweight champion Roy Nelson will defend his title against last-minute injury replacement Brad Imes, who was the heavyweight runner-up on the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter”.

IFL middleweight king Ryan McGivern will also take on New Jersey native Dan Miller and lightweight champion Ryan Schultz will make his second title defense against submission artist Deividas Taurosevicius.

Championship Fights:

Roy Nelson (264.2 lbs) vs. Brad Imes (249.2 lbs)
Ryan Schultz (154 lbs) vs. Deividas Taurosevicius (154 lbs)
Ryan McGivern (181.2 lbs) vs. Dan Miller (180.5 lbs) 

Non-Title Fights:

Matt Horwich (185.7 lbs) vs. Joey Guel (185.5 lbs)
Zac George (155.2 lbs) vs. Josh Souder (155.2 lbs)
Lamont Lister (205.2 lbs) vs. Aaron Stark (205.7 lbs)
John Franchi (155 lbs) vs. Frank Latina (152 lbs)
Nick Calandrino (170 lbs) vs. John Howard (170.5 lbs)
Mike Massenzio (185.2 lbs) vs. Danillo Villefort (184.7 lbs)

Imes Replaces Hinkle at IFL Next Week

Brad Imes throws a right hand at Heath Herring. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

NEW YORK - Mixed martial arts veteran Brad Imes (Sacramento, Calif.) will challenge Roy Nelson (Las Vegas) for the heavyweight championship as part of the nine-bout card as the International Fight League returns to the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., on Friday, May 16. Imes replaces Branden Lee Hinkle (Weirton, W. Va.), who was injured in training.

A training injury to Fabricio Camoes of Brazil also necessitated a change in a non-championship lightweight bout. Frank Latina (Middletown, Conn.) will battle John Franchi (Cortland, N.Y.). Jim Miller (Sparta, N.J.), originally slated to face Camoes, withdrew from the bout following the injury to Camoes.

Imes, known as ?The Hillbilly Heartthrob,? trains with Miletich Fighting Systems in Iowa. He He has competed in several MMA organizations, and was notably a finalist in the second season of The Ultimate Fighter television series. Imes is 11-4 in his MMA career and will be making his IFL debut. May 16 will also mark the first IFL bouts for Latina (4-1 overall) and Franchi (3-0).

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IFL to Announce August 15 Show and the HEX

MMAonTap has learned that the IFL is set to announce their next event, set for August 15th, 2008.  For the third time in the last year, an IFL fight card will emanate from the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ.  Pre-sale tickets go on sale today, May 8th at 11:00am, using the password “IFL” for access.

But the bigger news is that the IFL will be using a new fighting surface for the event.  Replacing the traditional 4 sided boxing ring will be a 6 sided roped design.  From our source…

The night will also feature the world debut of “The HEX”, the IFL’s brand new six-sided ring. This is the future fighting surface for all of MMA.  To introduce this new era in fighting, the IFL Summer Throwdown fight card will present the most explosive Mixed Martial Arts action the East Coast has ever seen!

In addition to several title defenses between IFL champions and top young talent, a group of Eastern European superstars will clash and other groundbreaking fights will be announced.

With the dire financial outlook and rumors of its impending demise, the IFL is looking to shake things up once again to resuscitate itself. 


IFL Announces Complete Card for May Event

Roy Nelson. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

NEW YORK - Seven mixed martial arts professionals have been added to the nine-bout card as the International Fight League returns to the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., on Friday, May 16. HDNet will again have live television coverage of the event.

The added fighters include ?Danillo Villefort and Josh Souder, who competed at IFL Draft events last September. Also added is Jim Miller, who is coming off an impressive victory in his IFL debut at the Izod Center in E. Rutherford, N.J. earlier this month.

Also newly named to the card are Lamont Lister, Joey Guel, Fabricio Camoes, and Nick Calandrino. The bouts involving the added athletes include:

?Lamont Lister vs. Aaron Stark (205 lbs)
?Nick Calandrino vs. John Howard (170 lbs)
?Josh Souder vs. Zac George (155 lbs)
?Joey Guel vs. Matt Horwich (185 lbs)
?Fabricio Camoes vs. Jim Miller (155 lbs)
?Danillo Villefort vs. Mike Massenzio (185 lbs)

As previously announced, three IFL Champions will put their respective titles on the line to headline the card, as Ryan McGivern takes on Dan Miller at middleweight, Roy Nelson battles Branden Lee Hinkle at heavyweight, and Ryan Schultz defends against Deividas Taurosevicius at lightweight.

The preliminary bouts feature athletes from four noted MMA camps, including Team Quest, Team Bombsquad, World Class Fight Center and Team Prodigy.

Report: Matyushenko to Defend Against Ferreira in July

Vladimir Matyushenko throws a left hand at Jamal Patterson. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

It seems that IFL light heavyweight champion Vladimir Matyushenko may already have an opponent for his next title defense as he will likely take on Brazilian Top Team product Alexandre Ferreira at a yet to be announced event in July.

Brazilian magazine Tatame confirmed the potential bout with Ferreira’s IFL coach, Mario Sperry.

“Ferreira was great and impressed a lot in his last fight,” Sperry said in the report. “He’ll fight for the belt. We received the proposal and already accepted it.”

Matyushenko was successful in his first title defense last weekend at an IFL event in New Jersey, stopping light heavyweight prospect Jamal Patterson with strikes in the second round. The win extended the Russian’s winning streak to eight straight fights.

Ferreira was victorious in his IFL debut in February, submitting American Top Team’s Lew Polley. The veteran’s career stretches back all the way to 1998 and includes wins over Heath Herring,  Bob Schrijber, and Brandon Lee Hinkle.

Live from Ringside: Observations from the IFL 4/4 Show

Jim Miller landing a punch on Bart Palaszewski. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

The International Fight League returned to the Izod Center in New Jersey tonight, presenting what may very well have been the deepest fight card in the promotion’s history.  It turned out to be very exciting night of fights that included some massive knockouts along with a vicious submission toward the end of the night. 

With the IFL just opening up the lower level of the Izod Center while curtaining the upper, it looked like a great venue.  It was set up a bit differently than the last time the IFL was in town for the League semi-finals last August.  And while the crowd ended up filling 2/3 of the bottom bowl, it was a good deal less than last year’s.  The theme of the night within the crowd seemed to be cheering for the underdog, as each had some very vocal supporters in the crowd.  To my happiness, I had the pleasure of sitting next to some extremely knowledgeable fans who really knew and appreciated the sport.  Thankfully, I didn’t have to sit next to the guy 3 sections over screaming “use the elbows!”, something that is illegal in the IFL.  I’d like to thank Drew and friends for their conversation and knowledge of the sport.  On to the action!



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