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UFC Strips Copper Pipe From IFL’s Abandoned House

(Metaphorically speaking.) is reporting that Zuffa (the parent company of the UFC and WEC) has acquired certain assets of the International Fight League, including the IFL’s video library and fighter contracts:

The deal is similar to the buyout of the World Fighting Alliance in 2006 and allows Zuffa to get its hands on the valuable IFL video library and fighters without assuming the failed company’s debt…

[T]he anonymous former IFL fighters who’ve confirmed to that they’ve been notified of the acquisition of their contract by Zuffa, LLC have also confirmed that their contractual obligations are now to Zuffa, LLC according to their respective managements and legal counsels.

Observant MMA fans noticed that the UFC was using IFL footage to introduce several of the new fighters during Saturday’s “Silva vs. Irvin” broadcast on SpikeTV, and that commentators Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg made several references to the defunct fight league — a practice that was previously verboten. And it seems that the more financially clever of these observant MMA fans made the connection and started buying up the IFL’s stock.

Obviously, those fighter contracts are the only things worth salvaging from Jay Larkin’s Death Ship. Reigning featherweight champ Wagnney Fabiano would be perfect for Urijah Faber‘s next WEC title defense (assuming he walks through Mike Brown in September, which he will), Chris Horodecki and Ryan Schultz could help energize the WEC’s ho-hum lightweight division, and Roy Nelson would bring some big-bellied jolliness to the UFC’s malnourished heavyweight roster. And as we saw on Saturday, even the IFL’s lesser-known guys are often good for a highlight-reel head-kick knockout, or a comeback fight for Brandon Vera. If the UFC can steal the IFL’s ring girl contracts as well, it’ll be a total success.

(Props: MMA Training)

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ThatsRowdy- July 23, 2008 at 3:54 pm
I agree Pooky...

Chris Horodecki is totally boring. The last time I saw him all he did was hold Bartimus up against the ropes the whole time...lame. Now Bart is a guy they should bring over if you ask me.
pookysdabomb- July 22, 2008 at 8:47 pm
I think that UFC should put Chris Horodecki vs. Tyson Griffen, and have the battle of the most boaring fighters on the planet. Let the judges decide who gets kicked out of the UFC, cause niether of them can finish a fight!
theKnappyOne- July 22, 2008 at 8:32 pm
Anyone see Roy Nelson's list of the Top Ten Heavyweights in the world? It's hysterical. On the site. He lists himself as #5.. and then tries to pass it off as an unbiased opinion. He also claims that he a Fedor have similar physiques. Delusional much?
BIG CHRIS- July 22, 2008 at 8:27 pm
Urijah Faber is going to kick the crap out of Mike Brown....

I have always wanted to see how Chris Hardecki would do in the UFC...He is not at champioship level right now but i think he could make run in the future...
Fedor Emelianenko instructional DVD- July 22, 2008 at 8:19 pm
Well, that figures seeing a recent influx of IFL talent in UFC's last show and free use of IFL footage in highlights. I sure hope it means that no IFL talent will go unattended and that those guys will find their home in other organizations sooner or later.
Mike- July 22, 2008 at 8:08 pm
You think Urijah will walk through Mike Brown? Go learn something.
Champion v. Chumpion- July 22, 2008 at 7:58 pm
Unify the titles! That's always interesting. And it'd be especially useful if the UFC champs ran through all of the IFL ones (which I'm assuming they would.) Marketable fights, more credibility for your belts. Yay.
natureboy- July 22, 2008 at 6:52 pm
Other than that Holly girl the rest of the IFL girls are lo budg skanks.