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.