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‘Teams’ Out, Title Fights In as IFL Announces 2008 Plan of Attack

In advance of a 3 p.m. ET media conference call, the IFL released this document to journalists, outlining the organization’s plans for 2008. Some of the highlights (which will be discussed in more detail later) are:

— “We will transition from the ‘teams’ (Silverbacks, Lions, Condors, etc.) nomenclature to a more open and fluid camp matchup system. The camps remain the essence of the IFL plan, and as already discussed, those camps that have already been most successful will continue on in the IFL…We will add Mario Sperry’s WorldClass MMA camp out of Las Vegas and Ian Freeman’s group from the UK.”

— Each of the nine camps will compete a minimum of three times over eight events in 2008, with four camps competing on each night. The eight events will be held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Each event will include at least two title defenses. “The title defenses can either be existing athletes or a ‘one off’ from another organization or a ‘free agent’ matchup of a fighter available not signed to an organization.”

— Maurice Smith, Carlos Newton, Don Frye and Frank Shamrock are out as coaches, though it sounds like “Dear Don” isn’t going anywhere.

— A pay-per-view event is not in the cards. The IFL will continue to work with HDNet, MyNetwork, and FSN. There also may not be another Grand Prix championship like this year’s. “Right now we think the title defense system each and every night will be the de-facto Grand Prix.”

— The new season kicks off February 29 in Las Vegas. “We will announce the dates, basically one a month, in the coming weeks, as well as the matchups for event number one.”


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