From the International Fight League’s World Grand Prix Finals event in December 2007, here’s Army veteran Tim Kennedy, who will be in action against undefeated prospect Zac Cummings at this weekend’s Strikeforce Challengers show, facing Elias Rivera.
From an International Fight League event in June 2007, here’s highly-touted lightweight prospect Chris Horodecki taking on standout collegiate wrestler Shad Lierley. The first round of the fight is above. The rest of the bout is after the jump.
Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
The remaining assets of the now-defunct International Fight League appear to be headed into the hands of Mark Cuban and his HDNet empire.
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of New York on Tuesday ruled that the billionaire owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks is permitted to acquire the IFL’s assets, which include it’s video and image library as well as the rights to the IFL brand name, for $650,000.
It’s a move that is likely being done to further increase HDNet’s growing collection of MMA event footage. The digital cable channel currently televises live and archived events featuring fights from past DREAM, Strikeforce, Maximum Fighting Championship, and Sportfight events.
Once a promising organization with a good amount of a value, the IFL quickly degenerated shortly after it’s inception in January 2006. Following the cancellation of it’s planned August 15 show, the company formally closed it’s doors, allowing many of the stars it had built up such as Chris Horodecki and Jay Hieron to sign with other promotions.
Here’s Ryan Schultz defending his IFL lightweight title against John Gunderson in February of this year. The first round is above and the remaining rounds are after the jump.
In the above video, Wagnney Fabiano and L.C. Davis, both of whom have recently signed contracts with the WEC, battle it out for the then-vacant IFL featherweight title.
From the IFL’s event in Las Vegas in February of this year, here’s then-IFL heavyweight champion Roy Nelson making the first defense of his newly won title against American Top Team product Fabiano Scherner.
A little something new we’re starting here at MMA on Tap. From the IFL’s New Jersey show this past April, here’s IFL welterweight champion Jay Hieron making his first title defense against scrappy veteran Mark Miller.
Chris Horodecki vs. Nate Lamotte. Photo courtesy of the IFL.
Rising lightweight prospect standout Chris Horodecki has now become a free agent upon asking for his release from the almost-defunct International Fight League.
Horodecki’s manager, Jeff Clark, confirmed his client’s release from the IFL with Sherdog.com today. Several organizations have reportedly already lined up to bid for Horodecki’s services, including World Extreme Cagefighting and the upstart American Fight League, which has apparently came forward with the most generous offer thus far.
“The AFL has come in with a very generous offer,” Clark said in the report., “but Affliction has said they will match it or beat it. We’re [also] continuing our discussions with World Victory Road.”
Horodecki was previously rumored to have been taking on Takanori Gomi at Sengoku IV later this month but talks eventually broke down. Affliction Entertainment is said to want Horodecki to compete on their recently announced “Day of Reckoning” card on October 11th against a yet-to-be-determined opponent. However at this time, it seems that he is content to weigh his options before making any quick decisions.
Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
It’s official. Let us all give the International Fight League a farewell. After over two years of promoting mixed martial arts events across the United States, the IFL will indeed cease operations at the end of the month according to IFL Senior VP Joe Favorito.
From an email sent out today:
I apologize for this mass email but I wanted to take a second to let you know that as of July 31 my role at the IFL will be no more as the company goes into its final stage of being sold and/or closed down. We are very proud of what we did here in just over two years, building a brand from nothing into something that people in the industry and outside of the industry actually noticed, and I enjoyed working with so many different people and helped tell some great stories. At the end of the day sometimes the finances don’t make sense, but it certainly wasn’t for lack of trying.
Various sources are now reporting that the UFC has indeed purchased the IFL, or some assets from it. Not surprising at all considering the deal was most likely finalized this past weekend when the UFC mentioned the IFL multiple times throughout last Saturday’s Spike TV broadcast as well as IFL footage being used to promote new acquisition Reese Andy.
While the IFL received it’s fair share of criticism during it’s stint and likely ended up failing for more reasons than one, I’m not really going to dive into all of the negative stuff. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know the first thing about running an MMA promotion. However I will say that what the IFL accomplished over the last few years will certainly have an impact on the sport for years to come.
Dan Miller. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
The UFC has reportedly inked a pair of brothers who were previously under contract with the International Fight League - Reigning IFL middleweight champion Dan Miller and his younger brother Jim Miller, who is a rising lightweight prospect with only one loss under his belt.
The news comes from our friends at MMA Junkie, who have confirmed the signings with Mike Constantino, the current manager and trainer for both of the brothers. While financial terms of the deals were not disclosed, Constantino revealed that they have each signed four-fight contracts.
Dan most recently submitted Miletich Fighting Systems product Ryan McGivern to win the IFL middleweight title at the promotion’s likely last-ever show in May. Jim was also victorious in his IFL debut in April, winning a hard-fought unanimous decision over one-timelightweight contender Bart Palaszewski.
The signings mark yet another former IFL-contracted fighter jumping ship to the UFC. Brad Blackburn, Reese Andy, and Rory Markham all made their debuts for the organization this past weekend. While there has been no indication that talks between the UFC and the IFL have progressed any further (other than this Fighters.com report), the IFL was mentioned multiple times throughout last Saturday’s Spike TV broadcast as well as IFL footage being used to promote Andy.