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IFL Fighter Salaries and Event Numbers


Ryan Schultz and John Gunderson weigh-in for IFL: New Blood, New Battles. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official lists of fighter salaries stemming from this past weekend’s International Fight League: New Blood, New Battles event, which took place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The event featured a total of three title fights. Roy Nelson and Ryan Schultz each successfully defend their respective belts while Ryan McGivern won a unanimous decision over Matt Horwich to claim the IFL middleweight title.

Remember that this is only the base salary that a fighter received. Bonuses, deductions, and other undisclosed fees are not included.

John Gunderson ($9,500) vs. Ryan Schultz ($26,000)
Fabiano Scherner ($7,500) vs. Roy Nelson ($24,000)
Ryan McGivern ($10,000) vs. Matt Horwich ($12,000)
Rafael Dias ($7,000) vs. Santino DeFranco ($5,000)
Leopoldo Serao ($4,000) vs. Josh Haynes ($6,000)
Alexandre Ferreira ($16,000) vs. Lew Polley ($4,000)
Jake Ellenberger ($15,000) vs. Pat Healy ($15,000)
Ian Loveland ($7,000) vs. Dennis Davis ($5,000)

The total disclosed fighter payroll was $165,500.

The total attendance was reported as 4,280: 1,606 tickets were paid for and 2,674 were given away. The total live gate for the event was $102,120.

CKA: Mar 4, 2008

If you have some free time on your hands, be sure to check out one of the more exciting fights from the IFL’s first show of 2008 this past weekend, Matt Horwich going up against Ryan McGivern for the IFL middleweight belt.

As always major props go out to the IFL for actually going out of there way to make their fights available for everyone to see.

“Iron Ring” Debuts March 18th on BET

Remember that mixed martial arts project BET was discussing a while back? Well it finally premieres tonight.

From a press release we received:

BET introduces Iron Ring, a half hour weekly series that showcases mixed martial arts, the fastest growing new sports format in entertainment. With $100,000 in prize money up for grabs, these skilled competitors go toe-to-toe using the combined fighting techniques of jiu-jitsu, judo, karate, boxing, kickboxing, and wrestling in teams owned and managed by Ludacris, Nelly, Floyd Mayweather, T.I., Lil Jon and Dipset.

CSAC Suspends Four

The California State Athletic Commission announced the suspension of four different fighters yesterday.

Three fighters who were slated to compete on World Cagefighting Organization’s disastrous San Diego show have all been suspended after testing positive for the steroid Nandrolone, the same steroid reportedly found in Sean Sherk’s system. Carlos Fuentes, Kyacey Uscola, and Gustavo Machado have all been suspended for a year and fined $2,500.

Fabio Costa, who last competed at Fist Series’ WinterFist 2008 last month, tested positive for marijuana. He’s been suspended until May and fined $500.

Jae Suk Lim Wins SpiritMC Middleweight Title

Jae Suk Lim regained his SpiritMC middleweight title with a decisive win over top prospect Yoon Young Kim Sunday night. After the event, Lim announced that he will now be headed to Hawaii to compete under the ICON Sport banner.

Complete results below courtesy of MMA Weekly:

Jae Suk Lim def. Yoon Young Kim - TKO (Strikes)
A Sol Kwan def. Takaaki Aoki - Unanimous Decision
Jae Young Kim def. Soichi Nishida - TKO (Strikes)
Jung Hwan Cha vs. Dong Hyun Kim - Draw
Hans Olson def. Chang Seob Lee - Unanimous Decision
San An def. Dong Yoon Shin - KO (Punch)
Ye Won Nam def. Seung Hwan Kim - Submission (Triangle)
Dae Gun Kim def. Ok Myoung Kim - Submission (Heel Hook)

Kang Still Without Opponent for DREAM Debut

Denis Kang, who is currently training in Montreal, Quebec, Canada along with Georges St. Pierre and Jackson’s Submission Fighting, has informed The Fight Network that he still without an opponent for his first fight inside the confines of DREAM in April:

“I’m just going to go to Montreal, do my thing and get ready for whoever I’m going to face,” Kang said. “I think the Japanese MMA promotions like to keep their fans in suspense, whereas with the UFC, they really saturate the market with advertising well ahead of their events. DREAM has not even finalized the March 15 card. They’ve only announced like five of the fights.”

Touch of gloves to TKO Xtreme for the find.

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Nelson, Schultz Defend IFL Titles in Vegas


Ryan Schultz throws a right hand at John Gunderson. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

LAS VEGAS - Lightweight Ryan Schultz and heavyweight Roy Nelson defended their respective International Fight League titles and middleweight Ryan McGivern won his first belt before 3,931 at the IFL event last night at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

Schultz grinded out a unanimous decision over John Gunderson to retain his title, maintaining strong position throughout the match. Most of the bout was contested on the ground, with both fighters escaping potential chokes in the final two rounds.

Nelson earned a first-round TKO victory over Fabiano Scherner to defend his heavyweight crown. Nelson took Scherner down midway through the round and used a flurry of right hands to secure the stoppage at 3:20.

In what many felt was the best bout of the night, McGivern topped defending champion Matt Horwich by unanimous decision in a battle in which both fighters had strong moments.

Horwich nearly secured an armbar at the end of the second round, when McGivern was likely saved by the bell. In the closing seconds of the fourth round, McGivern delivered a series of strikes that staggered the former champion, but the champion held on until the bell.

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Zuffa Scores Legal Victory Over Couture


Photo courtesy of ProElite.

Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, scored the first of what might be multiple legal victories over current heavyweight champion Randy Couture yesterday in Las Vegas District Court.

Judge Jennifer Togliatti granted a motion for a preliminary injunction that will now prevent Couture from lending his name or likeness to any of the proceedings going on later tonight at the International Fight League’s scheduled event, where the Xtreme Couture gym was expected to field a team to compete.

Prior to the hearing, Xtreme Couture officials that they would have their fighters compete under the “Team Tompkins” banner at the event instead.

The injunction also leaves Couture unable to corner fighters from the gym at the event as well. However Couture publicly stated weeks ago that Shawn Tompkins would be heading the team at the event anyway.

Zuffa alleged that the IFL had posted an image bearing Couture’s likeness on the front of their official website. According to Couture, his staff immediately contacted the IFL and asked that it be removed right away and it was done so.

The lawsuit filed against Couture by Dana White and company concerning Couture’s promotional contract with the UFC has not yet been heard in court. Couture has requested the dismissal of the lawsuit. A preliminary hearing will take place on March 6th and will determine whether or not there will be a trial.

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IFL: New Blood, New Battles Weigh-In Results


Ryan Schultz and John Gunderson weigh-in for IFL: New Blood, New Battles. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

The official weigh-in results for tonight’s IFL: New Blood, New Battles event are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

The event is highlighted by three championship bouts. Ryan Schultz will defend his lightweight crown for the first time against John Gunderson; Roy Nelson will attempt to keep his belt against Fabiano Scherner; and Team Quest’s Matt Horwich will try to stay on top of the middleweight division in a title defense against Ryan McGivern.

John Gunderson (155 lbs) vs. Ryan Schultz (154 lbs)
Fabiano Scherner (260 lbs) vs. Roy Nelson (261 lbs)
Ryan McGivern (184 lbs) vs. Matt Horwich (185 lbs)
Rafael Dias (145 lbs) vs. Santino DeFranco (145 lbs)
Leopoldo Serao (185 lbs) vs. Josh Haynes (185 lbs)
Alexandre Ferreira (214 lbs) vs. Lew Polley (220 lbs)
Jake Ellenberger (170 lbs) vs. Pat Healy (170 lbs)
Ian Loveland (145 lbs) vs. Dennis Davis (145 lbs)

Couture Preliminary Injunction Decided Today


Photo courtesy of ProElite.

Nevada District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti will rule later today on a preliminary injunction the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Zuffa has filed against current heavyweight champion Randy Couture.

Different from the lawsuit the organization filed against Couture, the injunction will attempt to block the Xtreme Couture gym from field a team that is currently slated to compete for The International Fight League tomorrow night in the promotion’s first event of the new year. It is likely that if Zuffa is victorious, Couture will be unable to corner fighters from the gym at the event as well. Couture has publicly stated that Shawn Tompkins would be heading the team at the event anyway.

Zuffa alleges that the IFL had posted an image bearing Couture’s likeness on the front of their official website. According to Couture, his staff immediately contacted the IFL and asked that it be removed right away and it was done so.

The lawsuit filed against Couture by Dana White and company will not be heard in court until March 25th. Couture has requested the dismissal of the lawsuit.

Zuffa’s case cites that Couture has made negative comments about the promotion and those involved with it’s management. They also stated that the comments have caused “irreparable damage” and that he has breached the employment contract he signed with the company. Xtreme Couture’s involvement with the IFL was also included in the suit via a claim that it is a direct violation of his contract with the UFC.

The suit will also attempt to collect up to $10,000 in damages from Couture and seek a restraining order that will prevent Couture from being involved with any other organizations that compete against the UFC. This comes after Couture resigned from the UFC last fall and has stated that he intends to sit out the remainder of his contract before fighting in another organization, hopefully against top-ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko.

Mark Cuban and his HDNet Fights promotion filed suit in a Dallas, Texas district court in hopes of earning a declaratory judgment concerning the contractual status of Couture when it comes to his employment contract (the deal that dictates where Couture can fight).

The declaratory judgement will hopefully provide Cuban with an exact date as to when Couture’s contract expires with the UFC, if it expires at all.

HDNet Fights has also reportedly entered into a contractual agreement with Couture which will have the promotion attempt to set up a showdown between Couture and top ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko later this year.

The deal will likely go into effect at the time of the expiration of Couture’s promotional contract with Zuffa. Without some sort of deal in place, a Texas court will likely throw out HDNet Fights suit filed against the UFC’s parent company last week.

It is interesting to note in Cuban’s claims against Zuffa that he points out “indefinite employment restrictions” such as the ones set forth against Couture by Dana White and company since his resignation from the organization last fall are against the law.

IFL in Limbo on MyNetworkTV


Photo courtesy of International Fight League.

The rocky relationship between the International Fight League and MyNetworkTV continues for now.

Like we reported last week, The Fight Network confirmed with officials from the network that IFL programming would no longer be in the lineup. In a new interview with MMA Madness, IFL CEO Kurt Otto admits that the station has placed IFL programming “on hiatus”.

According to Otto, it means that the network may or may not decide to begin airing IFL-related television shows once again.

Despite the gloomy outlook, Otto remains optimistic about the chances of his promotion holding it’s place as the first mixed martial arts promotion to ever be shown on a non-cable channel.

“(The network) is excited about having us. Our ratings went up 20-percent,” Otto said in the interview. “After all, there is little other programming that so reliably delivers the coveted male 18-36 year old demographic to networks and advertisers.”

This doesn’t leave the IFL without a television deal however as they inked a deal with Mark Cuban’s HDNet earlier this month.

The agreement will have the network televise the IFL’s first three events in 2008, starting with their Las Vegas show on February 29th, which features a total of three title fights.

Still, the fact that HDNet only reaches around eight million homes while MyNetworkTV could be seen in 95% of homes in North America is a huge hit to a promotion that has fallen on hard times ever since it’s inception in 2006.

To be honest, it kind of saddens me that the IFL won’t be getting as much exposure compared to last season. After a terrible start on the network in terms of production, the IFL rebounded in a big way and the first round of their Grand Prix being broadcast live was a solid way to cap off the end of the year.

Touch of gloves to Fightlinker for the find of the Otto interview.

Report: IFL, MyNetworkTV End Relationship


Photo courtesy of International Fight League.

The International Fight League was reportedly dealt a huge blow this week as it has abruptly severed ties with MyNetworkTV, which gave the promotion the distinction up until recently as being the only mixed martial arts show with a non-cable television outlet.

The news comes from The Fight Network, who confirmed with officials from the network this week that IFL programming would no longer be on the lineup.

This does not leave the IFL without a television deal however as they inked a deal with Mark Cuban’s HDNet earlier this month. The deal will have the network televise the IFL’s first three events in 2008, starting with their Las Vegas show on February 29th, which features a total of three title fights.

Still, the fact that HDNet only reaches around eight million homes while MyNetworkTV could be seen in 95% of homes in North America is a huge hit to a promotion that has fallen on hard times ever since it’s inception in 2006.

IFL Announces Three Title Bouts for April


Chris Horodecki and Shad Lierley weigh-in for an IFL event in June 2007. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

The International Fight League earlier today announced details for their upcoming East Rutherford, NJ event, which will take place at the IZOD Center on April 4th.

Three title fights are scheduled to headline the card. IFL light heavyweight champion Vladimir Matyushenko will make his first title defense against New Jersey native Jamal Patterson. Popular welterweight champion and Xtreme Couture product Jay Hieron will attempt to keep his belt around his waist when he goes up against former U.S. Marine Mark Miller.

Upstart Shad Lierley, who made headlines after going toe-to-toe with lightweight sensation Chris Horodecki last year, will drop down to the featherweight division in exchange for a shot against current title holder Wagnney Fabiano, who submitted L.C. Davis this past December to grab the vacant belt.

Horodecki is also expected to return to action at the event, currently against an opponent yet to be named.

The nine-fight card will feature matchups between four different camps. Fighters from Renzo Gracie’s Academy will take on athletes from Midwest Combat while American Top Team will make it’s IFL debut against martial artists from the renowned Miletich Fighting Systems.

“I like the local feel of this card,? said IFL Vice President Bas Rutten. “?In addition to three outstanding championship bouts, featuring fighters from New York and New Jersey, you have Renzo Gracie?‘s camp, which was the champion last year, Midwest Combat, which features our top fighters from the Chicago area, and great battles with the Miletich camp and American Top Team, who we are very excited to have on board.?”

Miletich fighters Rory Markham and Mike Ciesnolevicz will go up against American Top Team’s Emyr Bussade and Lew Polley respectively. L.C. Davis will also likely compete for Pat Miletich as well.

A lightweight clash between Deividas Taurosevicius and Bart ?Palaszewski is the only announced battle between Renzo Gracie’s Academy and Midwest Combat as of right now. Skilled welterweight Delson Heleno will also represent Renzo Gracie on the card.

Let’s Play Catch-Up

A wealth of news and events have developed over the four days that we were sidelined due to those damn server gremlins. Here’s a little recap of everything that has gone on since then. The majority of the news is displayed after the jump.

Frye-Taktarov Booked for YAMMA Pit Fighting

Longtime mixed martial arts veterans Don Frye and Oleg Taktarov will headline the main event at YAMMA Pit Fighting’s inaugural show, which is slated to take place at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ on April 11th.

Frye revealed the news during his weekly appearance on TAGG Radio.

“I hope (YAMMA) made the announcement because I just signed to fight Oleg Taktarov,” Frye said.

Quote courtesy of MMA Junkie.

EliteXC Reveals Complete Card for “Street Certified”

Elite Xtreme Combat has announced the complete card for their upcoming “Street Certified” event, which will take place this Saturday night at the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center. The event will be airing on Showtime.

The full card is below:

Main Card:

Tank Abbott vs. Kimbo Slice
Ricco Rodriguez vs. Antonio Silva
Kyle Noke vs. Scott Smith
Yves Edwards vs. Edson Berto
Brett Roges vs. James Thompson

Preliminary Fights:

Rafael Feijao vs. John Doyle
Jon Kirk vs. Yosmany Cabezas
Dave Herman vs. Mario Rinaldi
Eric Bradley vs. Mikey Gomez
Mike Berhard vs. Lorenzo Borgameo

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