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HDNet makes $650,000 USD offer for IFL assets

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Form 8-K filing. In addition to $650,000 for the assets, the filing claims HDNet’s offer includes accepting some of the IFL’s liabilities.

Quote of the Week – Jay Larkin

Friday, September 19th, 2008

In an interview/article with Sherdog:
With numerous signs seemingly pointed toward some sort of UFC acquisition [of the IFL assets], Larkin, who joined the IFL in March in the hopes of turning it around, said he’s still not sure if MMA is much more than a one-horse town.
“You don’t always know what you got till it’s [...]

IFL files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Official SEC filing here.

IFL 10Q report (8/27/08)

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

No real surprises in today’s filing. The main reason I was interested in reading the document was to see if the IFL had indeed sold its assets to Zuffa LLC. I saw no mention of this at all in the filing.
Basic financial stats at hand from the filing:

Accumulated deficit as of 6/30/08: $35.7 [...]

Not much mainstream media coverage for EXC Stockton event

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Tito Ortiz has been generating good press in the Phoenix media market for an upcoming blood drive this weekend in the area.
Writing the obituary on the IFL.

The Seattle PI: Elite XC is ready for round two
The Oklahoman: Frank Shamrock steps behind the mic for Elite XC
icLiverpool (UK): Cage Gladiators roll into town [...]

How the media covered UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Irvin

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

The Las Vegas Review-Journal: Anderson Silva quells concern, wins
The Sacramento Bee: Jame Irvin’s big chance ends in a minute
Setanta Sports (UK): World-class Anderson Silva smashes James Irvin
The Associated Press: Silva earns first round UFC KO win over Irvin
The Long Beach Press-Telegram: Anderson Silva still powerful at higher weight
The Billings Gazette [...]

More reaction to Lorenzo Fertitta and his new UFC role

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Sorry about getting this up late online today, but I have a lot of on my plate (thankfully, all MMA-related). Not a whole lot of news today…

Total MMA: Big for one’s britches (a must-read article)
Politicker NV: Lorenzo Fertitta now fighting full-time (interesting insight)
The Las Vegas Review-Journal: Ultimate challenge for Stations exec
Fightlinker: [...]

The latest in MMA politics

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Sam Caplan at CBS Sports has a new article about officiating in MMA, with Big John McCarthy giving his thoughts on recent controversies in the business.
ESPN the Magazine is reporting that Chuck Liddell vs. Rashad Evans is tentatively set for UFC’s Atlanta event this September.

Welcome to the fight business

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

There is some controversy growing about a cancelation of Anderson Silva’s seminar in the Houston area. Jared Barnes has all the details right here. What makes the story interesting is that in a May 5th news update on our site, we posted a link to a South Florida Sun-Sentinel news article titled UFC [...]

Ortiz/White feud continues to draw media attention

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

Todd Martin: BJ Penn vs. Sean Sherk showdown should be classic grudge match
The Sun (UK): BJ Penn hits back at Sean Sherk
Michael Bisping: It’s doomsday for Jason Day
ESPN The Magazine: MMA submission – Kung Fu Panda
Kevin Iole: Mike Tyson fight or no, Kimbo Slice is no freakshow
Sam Caplan: ‘TUF’ [...]

Today’s chalkboard (4/14/08)

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Fox Sports: Tito Ortiz — ‘I plan on fighting for three more years’
Fox Sports: IFL is seeking buyers for the troubled league
Sherdog: IFL changes while seeking a future
Fight Hype: Christopher Bell — ‘What’s really the big deal about steroids?’
Setanta Sports (UK): Keith Jardine – legend slayer
The Calgary Sun: Workout [...]

Today’s chalkboard (4/28/08)

Monday, April 28th, 2008

The Canadian Press: Matt Hughes to meet Thiago Alves at UFC 85 in London
Ice News: A holistic approach to violence in Sweden
The Ottawa Citizen: Ultimate fighters are, in fact, trained athletes
The Winnipeg Sun: Great (Jason) Day, great night
The Orange County Register: Rick Bassman tells about his fight in MMA
The Liverpool [...]

IFL 10k report (4/15/08)

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Quietly, the IFL filed their 10k SEC report on tax day. Of note, the following items in the report:

Since the company’s inception, they have suffered a net loss of $31 million USD. Revenues are currently insufficient to run operations past Q3 if things do not change.
Costs to promote events in 2007 were $15.9 [...]

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