IFL Near Extinction

International Fight League

For the longest time, it has been rumored that the International Fight League was either going to cease operations or be bought by a rival MMA promotion (namely the UFC); according to Chris Howie of MMANews.com, it is looking increasingly likely that those rumors are in fact.  Below is an email sent to MMANews by IFL Senior Vice President of Communications Joe Favorito:

I apologize for this mass email but I wanted to take a second to let you know that as of July 31 my role at the IFL will be no more as the company goes into its final stage of being sold and/or closed down. We are very proud of what we did here in just over two years, building a brand from nothing into something that people in the industry and outside of the industry actually noticed, and I enjoyed working with so many different people and helped tell some great stories. At the end of the day sometimes the finances don’t make sense, but it certainly wasn’t for lack of trying. The good news is I think we have gotten all our good junior people placed in some great spots, so we are pretty proud of that. Even our interns landed in good places.

It is unfortunate that this had to happen as they provided some quality fights over the years.  But as in any business, if the finances do not support the operation, you either shut your doors or are bought out by someone else.  A sad fact of life, but it is what it is.

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