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Thoughts on the IFL live show

As mentioned before, I was out drinking on Saturday but I did manage to set my VCR properly to tape the IFL semi-finals. All in all, it wasn’t too shabby but it could have been better. Here’s a breakdown of my random thoughts on the show:

Kenny Rice is a wanker. I don’t know why every promotion thinks they need a smarmy announcer with ‘the voice’. Fuck ‘the voice’. I know I don’t get invited on nobody’s stupid MMA podcasts because I sound like a 14 year old boy going through a painful puberty. Plus I tend to say ‘cock’ too much. But I’m more entertaining than most other people out there. And most announcers out there are way better than Kenny despite not having ‘the voice’. Fuck ‘the voice’.

The show’s production values reminded me of an episode of American Gladiators. Overall they did a good job of stuffing two fights into one hour … I was thinking since they both went to a decision they might not catch the decision for the second bout. The graphics looked 80’s and I have no idea why they thought it was a good idea to try and squeeze the IFL logo into that tiny rectangle ticker up at the top. And why the fuck was it up top???? Tickers go downstairs, dummies.

They did a terrible job of pointing out that this was a live show. Past Kenny Rice saying “Live from Chicago” after every commercial break, there was nary a sign that this was a live show. If I was running this shit, the word ‘LIVE!!!’ would have been on the screen for the entire show, blinking and changing colors and occasionally inducing epileptic fits.

Palaszewski vs. Horodecki : I’m sure the IFL was wishing for a Bonnar-Griffin style match and this came inches from becoming that kind of bout. The first round went to Horodecki and then Palaszewski came back and pounded on Horodecki in the second. The third is where this fight failed to deliver, as both fighters seemed to have blown their loads. Palaszewski was pissed he didn’t win the decision, but he didn’t do anything to earn it in the third. Overall it was a great match but the last round was a letdown.

Schoenauer vs Matyushenko : Someone get Schoenauer some fucking sprawl lessons. Like most wresters do, Matyushenko reverted to his bread and butter the second Schoenauer started to get the best of him on the feet. A good corner could have destroyed Matyushenko’s tactics easily, but there was no change between rounds two and three. Schoenauer gave this bout away, with Matyushenko lay n’ praying to a win. The last two minutes were practically painful to watch as Matyushenko killed the time pushing Schoenauer into the ropes and holding him.

Overall, I give the night a tentative thumbs up. If the IFL does more live shows, I’ll watch them. But please for God’s sake – do two hours next time!

  • Jaiden says:

    I agree with the “voice” comments. They are usually unknowledgeable and ask stupid questions such as, “So he’s in an arm bar here. What does he have to do to get out of this Bas?”

    For the IFL, let Bas and Quadros do it like they did in PRIDE. I feel sorry for Quadros when he has to interview the fighters and coaches during the fights while their teammates are getting their arses beat. He always seems pissed right after the interview.

  • smoogy says:

    The two hour show was available on Fox Sports World Canada. It was alright I guess.

  • Mr. Theplague says:

    What about that bizzare fucking standup of Matyushenko after they got stuck on the ropes? Unbelievably unproffesional of the ref and then of whoever was overseeing the fights to let it continue on the feet after that. It was a mildly entertaining show, but it had such a cheap feel to it and being crammed into an hour was just retarded.

  • Tom says:

    It was shown on tape delay in Los Angeles. Live my A–.

  • Accomando says:

    Horodecki’s face looked like he got hit with a sledge-hammer a couple times. Bart looked like he wasn’t touched.

    Bart was obviously connecting better and crushing Horodecki’s face, but active pitter-pat b.s. crap will win you a decision.

  • frickshun says:

    Fightlinker, you put up the 1st opinion I agree w/on this. I thought the 1st fight was pretty good but Chris H. has a lot of work to do. His leg kicks were great & definitely scoring but he ate a lot of big punches. They were both a little gassed in the 3rd (understandably) but a good decision. The Vlady fight was atrocious. He doesn’t finish & Alex S. has as much rasslin as Bisping! The ref mumbled something about him grabbing ropes, I heard some warning b4 the standup. If this is all the GP has to offer, IFL will be dead very soon.

  • It was a good step forward for the IFL but two fights isn’t enough. The production was ok. Bas Rutten was better in Pride maybe he needs a more expereinced play by play guy to toss him some softballs
    Bart overall inflicted more damage but Chris did enough to win 2 rounds. Vlady fight I liked until it became apparent he was going to hug Alex S. on the floor.

  • Mobb Deep says:

    Watched the show this morning and thought it would have been better in a cage. Used to love the ring(cause of PRIDE), but now the restarts, fighters going through ropes just bores me. If the IFL swithced to the cage, I think it would be a lot more violent, and therefore better. I think Vladdy could have pinned the others guys head against the cage and done more damage/possibly get the TKO. But right now, for some reason, IFL fights look like amatuer bouts.

  • Big D D says:

    He said VCR….that’s some 90’s humor…Can we get this guy a DVR…oh about the fights….they were alright, but the IFL BLOWS BIG TIME [email protected]