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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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Injured Blackburn Pulls Out of Perales Fight


Brad Blackburn weighs-in for an IFL event in June 2006. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

Brad Blackburn has reportedly been forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against fellow welterweight Ray Perales at the upcoming “Strikeforce at the Dome” show on February 23rd at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington because of a shoulder injury suffered during a recent training session.

The news comes from The Fight Network, who confirmed the injury with Blackburn late last night.

Blackburn was originally rumored to be fighting Steve Berger at the event but that speculation was shot down once Berger signed on to fight Duane “Bang” Ludwig, who has now pulled out of that bout himself after being booked to take on Takanori Gomi overseas. Berger has been replaced by Eddy Ellis.

Blackburn spent the last two years as a member of the IFL’s Seattle Tiger Sharks before leaving the promotion this past fall. Blackburn racked up three wins and two losses under the IFL banner, including an impressive stoppage victory over Jay Hieron in June of this year.

He is coming off of a no-contest against Travis Cox where he unintentionally struck Cox’s head with a knee while he was down. Cox was deemed unable to continue.

Perales, who goes by the nickname of “Relentless”, has struggled throughout his career, losing more fights than he has won. However Perales does own a win over Blackburn. The Boise, Idaho native won a unanimous decision over Blackburn at an Xtreme Fighting Championships event in October 2005.

Blackburn Returns at “Strikeforce at the Dome”


Brad Blackburn weighs-in for an IFL event in June 2006. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

Welterweights Brad Blackburn and Roy Perales will clash during one of ten scheduled bouts at the upcoming ““Strikeforce at the Dome” event, slated to take place at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington on February 23rd.

Strikeforce Vice President Mike Afromowitz confirmed the bout with Josh Gross and Sherdog.

Blackburn was originally rumored to be fighting Steve Berger at the event but that speculation was shot down once Berger signed on to fight Duane “Bang” Ludwig.

Blackburn spent the last two years as a member of the IFL’s Seattle Tiger Sharks before leaving the promotion this past fall. Blackburn racked up three wins and two losses under the IFL banner, including an impressive stoppage victory over Jay Hieron in June of this year.

He is coming off of a no-contest against Travis Cox where he unintentionally struck Cox’s head with a knee while he was down. Cox was deemed unable to continue.

Perales, who goes by the nickname of “Relentless”, has struggled throughout his career, losing more fights than he has won. However Perales does own a win over Blackburn. The Boise, Idaho native won a unanimous decision over Blackburn at an Xtreme Fighting Championships event in October 2005.

Report: Blackburn-Berger Set for Strikeforce

MMA veterans Brad Blackburn and Steve Berger will meet in a welterweight bout at Strikeforce at the Dome, which is set to take place on February 23rd at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington according to a report by The Fight Network.

Blackburn spent the last two years as a member of the IFL’s Seattle Tiger Sharks before leaving the promotion this past fall. Blackburn racked up three wins and two losses under the IFL banner, including an impressive stoppage victory over Jay Hieron in June of this year. Blackburn is coming off of a no-contest against Travis Cox where he unintentionally struck Cox’s head with a knee while he was down. Cox was deemed unable to continue.

Berger has fought his last three contests inside the confines of BodogFight. His last bout was a unanimous decision loss to Diego Gonzalez during the tapings for BodogFight: Vancouver season. His lone win in Calvin Ayre’s promotion came in February in the form of a split decision over Piotr Jakaczynski. The UFC veteran has lost seven of his last nine bouts.

Blackburn, Andy Out of IFL Grand Prix

The IFL has announced that both Brad Blackburn and Reese Andy are no longer able to compete in the upcoming IFL Grand Prix due to injury.

The extent of the injuries and type were undisclosed.

Blackburn will be replaced by UFC veteran Gideon Ray, who will take on Delson Heleno. Heavyweight Shane Ott will take Andy’s spot and will be matched up against top seeded Antoine Jaoude in the first round.

Blackburn to Replace Injured Miller

MMA on Tap has learned that Mark Miller has been forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Jay Hieron after suffering a hand injury during a recent training session.

Miller will be replaced by Brad Blackburn. Because of the switch, the seedings have also been shifted. Blackburn will take on Delson Heleno while Hieron will now take on Pat Healy.

I was able to get in touch with Hieron and asked him for his thoughts about Miller’s withdrawl.

“It’s disappointing but there’s nothing that can be done about it really,” said Hieron. “It is what it is. Injuries are common in MMA. It’s something that you can’t prevent. This isn’t the first time this has happened for the Grand Prix either. I was supposed to fight Antonio and then that got scrapped. Now I’m fighting Pat instead of Miller. It doesn’t matter who it is. I’m ready to go for whatever.”

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