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First Lehman Brothers, Now the IFL


(Just level with me here: does this mean no Hex?)

Well, it’s finally happened. The IFL has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Something tells me a government bailout isn’t coming any time soon. Anyone want to buy a Quad Cities Silverbacks t-shirt? It’s a collectible. Seriously, I’ve got about seven of them. I’m entertaining all offers, including interesting trades. Seems to me like we wouldn’t be in this financial mess to begin with if we hadn’t abandoned the barter system.

As a former employee of the IFL, it’s possible that I’m the only one who cares about this news. It’s also possible that the ones who are really to blame here are the fans. In other words, you. The fans the IFL didn’t have. If you didn’t love gay foreplay so much, the IFL might be thriving and AIG would still be financially viable. You just won’t be happy until you destroy everything, will you?

In a last gasp of IFL news, Lithuanian lightweight Deividas Taurosevicius has signed with Affliction, joining other IFL refugees like Roy Nelson, Chris Horodecki, and Jay Hieron. Hope they can box.

Because we may never again have cause to mention the IFL, I’ll leave you with this.

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MMA Extreme- September 17, 2008 at 6:04 pm
Holy shit. That was the awesomest rap evah. Seriously.
FEDOR wants to hide this DVD from you!- September 16, 2008 at 8:04 pm
Well, scratch another one off the list. I never liked IFL and its "gay foreplay" style, but heck any competition is better for the sport, just to keep assholes like Dana at bay. Oh well... :(
Vrax- September 16, 2008 at 7:34 pm
I want one of your shirts, yo. What would you accept in trade?
bfowlkes- September 16, 2008 at 7:01 pm
I will take your suggestions under advisement.

As for Newton, he just wasn't that interested in actually coaching his guys. He wanted to collect checks and show up on fight night. It was a not uncommon problem in the IFL.

Renzo Gracie, on the other hand, is one of the most charismatic people I've ever met. Just walking into a room he makes everyone happier, and he's a genuinely good person all around. I really can't say enough great things about him.
sPeLLcHecKeR- September 16, 2008 at 6:29 pm
accessable = accessible
Jazze Pha = well, he can spell his name how he wants, but that don't make it right...
Sisu1- September 16, 2008 at 6:06 pm
This is a final dagger for the IFL, and a real bummer. I watched some great IFL fights on HDNET. I am glad that their commentators ,Bas and Kenny will be working the Affliction fights and that some fothe fighter signed with Affliction as well.
IronFistOak- September 16, 2008 at 6:03 pm
It was just you. Unless you meant talent at making an ass of himself. But everyone in the video was full of that talent.
mayhem420- September 16, 2008 at 5:41 pm
Ben,
I have to agree with Old, Bald and Irish on this one.
That would be something good to read while I am at work one day.
buns- September 16, 2008 at 5:35 pm
omg dat was harilous!
Old, Bald and Irish- September 16, 2008 at 5:32 pm
Ben,

You should really do a series of posts on this subject. I, for one, would be VERY interested in the inside operations of the IFL.

Like, for example, what was your view of Carlos Newton? I love his PrideFC fights and his match against Henzo Gracie in Bushido 1 is a freakin' classic. Did he get fired as coach strictly for performance or was there something else? He seems like a cool guy.
Bill C.- September 16, 2008 at 5:29 pm
I always liked IFL. I saw their Atlanta show last year, and it was a great fight card. They always had entertaining fights, and I'm glad to see guys like Nelson and Horodecki gaining more notoriety. I definitely appreciated how accessible IFL always was on TV.
And I'll definitely take one of those Silverbacks shirts.
BigdickPlaya- September 16, 2008 at 5:15 pm
Was it me or does Renzo Gracie have some talent.
bfowlkes- September 16, 2008 at 5:14 pm
@Old, Bald, and Irish: in answer to your question, some people within the IFL realized we were headed for trouble, others (mainly at the executive level) seemed not to. That's why they kept making the same mistakes in slightly different form over and over again. Let's just say I was saving my paychecks pretty early on, planning for the inevitable.
Ls18- September 16, 2008 at 5:07 pm
Newton is a right beast nowerdays.
Blackleg- September 16, 2008 at 5:05 pm
The team concept was working pretty well considering they weren't a huge org but they kept changing shit every. single. season. That's what killed it.

Don't trade that shit Ben, I still rock my Anacondas shirt when it shows up in the rotation. ;)
who cares- September 16, 2008 at 4:59 pm
bas is such a badass lmao
Steven Molen- September 16, 2008 at 4:59 pm
I personally liked the team concept and the fights were decent too. (No, I was never an employee)

RIP IFL
jim smith- September 16, 2008 at 4:53 pm
Dude I'll take a shirt. But don't blame the fans, who's stupid ideas was TEAM MMA? I don't cheer for fight TEAMS, I cheer on FIGHTERS.
Old, Bald and Irish- September 16, 2008 at 4:52 pm
oooo...I'm ready to poke out my eyes and ears after lookin' at that video.

I never got to see much IFL where I live. A couple months ago I stayed at my in-laws house and they had the MSG Channel and ended up watching about 3 hours of IFL fights.

I worry when these smaller fight orgs go under. Frankly, I don't like the prospect of the UFC being the only game in town. But then again, the IFL seems to have been its own worst enemy. Seems like they pulled out both guns and immediately shot their feet.

Ben: Since you worked for them, what was the thinking inside the organization? Did people understand what was going on and that the ship was headed in the wrong direction?
greenseed- September 16, 2008 at 4:42 pm
so after wiping up the huge pool of laugh-tears i have decided that the ufc needs 1 of these...but maybe have more money raining and TnA shakin..and dana white could be spinning on his cueball head bustin out his bboy-jitsu
YES!
bpd- September 16, 2008 at 4:36 pm
Forget the Silverbacks shirt, where can I get a replica Jazze Pha IFL bedazzled hoodie?
Kim Couture is a cunt- September 16, 2008 at 4:34 pm
Ben, I'll miss the IFL. What's shitty about the IFL fuckin off is that there is very few well known smaller shows for fighters to lay down the first fights in there careers. the IFL wasn't bad at all, it was very accessable and always on TV. Roy Nelson, Hordecki etc. wouldnt be where they are without the IFL's platform.

Now I want a shirt, PM me in the forums, thx buds, nice retrospect by the way.
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