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IFL Makes More Cuts, and These Are Going to Hurt

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(Firing ring girls is one thing, but experienced executives aren’t just hanging out at the local Hooters.)

It’s no secret that the IFL is in financial trouble, but two recent cuts to the IFL’s operations staff are a sign that the end may be near.

MMA Payout reports that Keith Evans, IFL VP of Operations, and Lisa Faircloth, Director of Events, have both been let go. This is a significant blow to the IFL’s Las Vegas office, which handles the bulk of event operations and includes tasks like signing fighters and organizing live events.

Both Evans and Faircloth are former Zuffa employees. Evans played a role in Zuffa’s initial lawsuit against the IFL, with Zuffa alleging that he gave away trade secrets. While it might be a stretch to say that both are absolutely essential to the IFL’s staff, it isn’t a stretch to say that they are essential to the IFL putting on a strong event any time in the coming months. A VP of Operations isn’t so easily replaced, especially an experienced veteran of the MMA wars like Evans. Faircloth held together much of the Vegas staff, and her departure is said to have other IFL Operations employees sending out resumes as fast as they can print them off.

This could be a sign that the IFL is considering drastically scaling back their live event operations in the near future, if not closing their Las Vegas office altogether. If that’s the case, it makes you wonder what the IFL’s plan is over the long term. It seems as if they may be counting on finding a buyer soon, and are content to wait it out without losing any more money on events in the meantime.

Then again, you know what they call an MMA organization that doesn’t put on fights? A place where you can buy a really cheap six-sided ring.

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skidding- May 19, 2008 at 7:54 pm
I know how to save the IFL, and it's not the new ring. Right now, there's absolutely no aspect of the IFL that sets it apart from any other organization. I suggest that they truly make it a team matchup... have 4 people from each team battle the other 4 from the other team. Think about it... this introduces a whole new can of worms as far tactics are concerned. Everytime someone taps or is rendered unconcious, just have a side ref drag his body out. The weigh classes would involve groups of fighters.
Jake- May 19, 2008 at 7:39 pm
IFL is on HD Net live---and man---the match ups and fights have been awesome this year---its just a matter of more people seeing them!
Old, Bald and Irish- May 19, 2008 at 6:06 pm
Thanks "Wad".....that's pretty much what I thought. Not missing much.
C-Bus Allstar- May 19, 2008 at 5:38 pm
I saw an IFL event on Versus, but that was months ago, and I have only seen WEC WreckCAGE on Versus since then.

WEC WreckCage on the other hand is a pretty bad ass little show. The announcers are total idiots, but the fights they put on have some big names, and some smaller names with masses of talent.
Wad- May 19, 2008 at 5:15 pm
I watch the occasional IFL fight on The Fight Network or Fox Sports Network if there's absolutely nothing else on and I just need the TV to be doing something, but there's rarely ever anything worth seeing.
Vrax- May 19, 2008 at 4:46 pm
Geez Cp, I don't know. Have you ever been to Hooters? The place really is just filled with executives. Hooters may in fact be the intersection where Affliction t-shirt wearing tanning bed-sters meet corporate execs.
Old, Bald and Irish- May 19, 2008 at 4:30 pm
I wonder how long Bas Rutten is gonna hang in there. I'd love to see Bas head over to EliteXC.

I would hate to see Bas get fired. He's a smart dude. I'm sure he's workin' on his resume.....

By the way, is anyone watching the IFL anyways? Seriously, I don't even know what channel airs them.
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