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IFL Fighters React To Cancellation Announcement


(Looks like the rubber match might have to take place in another organization.)

Here’s something that MMA fans and IFL fighters have in common: they both heard this week’s big announcement via the internet. Apparently, when the IFL canceled its August show it came as news to just about everyone, even those who had planned to fight on the card.

The IFL’s Chris Horodecki (coincidentally, it’s not a great idea to call a guy nicknamed “The Polish Hammer” during the Poland-Austria soccer match) heard the news from fellow Canadian fighter Mark Hominick, who read it online.

“I was talking to Hominick and he said, ‘Hey, I think your show is canceled.’ I didn’t believe it at first, but I looked on line and there it was,” said Horodecki.

Horodecki said he had not spoken to anyone at the IFL, and had no idea what would become of his contract or if the IFL would attempt to find him fights with another organization, as Larkin indicated was a possibility for some fighters on the IFL roster.

“I don’t know what’s happening right now,” Horodecki said. “I have no idea, but I’m not worried.”

Lightweight champion Ryan Schultz said he heard the news from coach and trainer Matt Lindland, who explained to him that he was still technically under contract until February.

“I want to stay active,” said Schultz. “I can be patient, but I want to keep my career moving forward. I want to fight guys in the top ten, however I need to do that.”

Heavyweight champion Roy Nelson, sounded a similar note, saying no one from the IFL had contacted him about the company’s status, but they had discussed with him possibilities for fights outside the organization, such as a proposed bout with Jeff Monson that “Big Country” recently had to turn down due to a hand injury.

“It sucks for everyone else,” said Nelson. “But I still have a job.”

Nelson said he also recently spoke with Bas Rutten about the possibility of facing Kimbo Slice, but said that Rutten was not optimistic that the fight would happen any time soon.

“I’m top ten and he’s not even top 100,” Nelson said of Slice.

Yesterday the IFL reportedly released most of its New York staff, another indication that they have no intention of staging any independent events any time in the near future. They did retain most of their high-level executives and some office staff, but their event operations people and most of their communications and sponsorship staff has been let go.

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Night Knife- June 14, 2008 at 11:37 pm
Roy Nelson is a fucking joke. He's like Babe Ruth: Fat, unathletic, with fat man strength. Simple conditioning by having your body develop muscle to support your fat ass is not being athletic.

Even though Kimbo is a fucking joke of a fighter as well, he would stomp Nelson's ass in 2 or 3 combos. That's even without having to rig the fight to make sure Kimbo won (IE: Thompson)
whaaa?- June 12, 2008 at 10:33 am
IFL had to cancel the show due to child labour laws. BTW, who the fuck isn't Jeff Monson fighting? This guys more booked than my doctor.
teachbug- June 12, 2008 at 3:02 am
I mentioned this before BEN on another topic where you brought up the ipecac, but going thru with this bet is the worst idea ever.
give the guy some money, it will be less painful, screw the bet its insane, I dont wanna see it. its stupid, and dangerous.
Netterbog- June 12, 2008 at 2:41 am
I hope the UFC finally gets around to picking up Horodecki. Sure, he looks like he's 12, but he's one heck of a fighter.
shitwhistle- June 12, 2008 at 2:21 am
.... okay, only twice. What the hell was that guys name again...?
shitwhistle is frustrated- June 12, 2008 at 2:15 am
Fuckin' Safari... Macs suck, but they get me laid.
shitwhistle- June 12, 2008 at 2:13 am
That Horodecki kid is freakin' me out. Wasn't he in "Children of the Corn"?
No?... "Village of the Damned", maybe?
Creepy little fucker, isn't he?
It would be like beating up a twelve year old.

Ipecac and Red Bull is delicious, by the way.
shitwhistle- June 12, 2008 at 2:06 am
That Horodecki kid is freakin' me out. Wasn't he in "Children of the Corn"?
"Village of the Damned" maybe?
Creepy little fucker..

Ipecac and Red Bull is delicious.
Lil'Doomsday- June 12, 2008 at 1:49 am
Yeah. Since when is Roy Nelson top 10 in fucking anything except possibly being in the TOP 10 MMA FIGHTERS Who Are Fat as Fuck. >:o
mmafan- June 12, 2008 at 12:36 am
Roy thinks he is top ten? are you kidding me? if we are comparing gut sizes among pro fighters I give him top ten. other than that he is no top ten.
SiDeBuRnZ- June 12, 2008 at 12:23 am
the people in his hometown have never been imaginative with dares before?
shutupandfight- June 11, 2008 at 11:54 pm
yer pharmacy doesn't carry the shit...doesn't that tell ya something???
ben- June 11, 2008 at 10:15 pm
@ garth:

It hasn't arrived yet. I actually just swung by my local pharmacy to see if they carried it and they did not. Will update y'all next week. (BG)
garth- June 11, 2008 at 10:10 pm
wow...total dick move.

where's the ipecac by the way?
The Icing on the Ice Cream- June 11, 2008 at 10:03 pm
There is always starbucks For CH....he has that baby face and would probably sound really energetic over the order intercom....
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