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IFL and WEC TV thoughts

I watched the second edition of WrekCage on Versus last night. The show wasn’t as good as the first. The production was good but the first two fights just weren’t up to the same quality as the fights on the first show. However, they were still solid and getting so see “Razor” Rob McCullough and Urijah Faber in quick matches for the final two bouts was great. The “Razor” Rob match was interesting because even though he dominated Kit Cope, Cope showed improved submission skills. The guy obviously is no longer relying only on his World Class Muay Thai skills. I was initially excited when Cope crossed over into MMA but that all changed when he got destroyed in his UFC debut. He’s been focusing on his TV career after a positive tests for steroids but I wouldn’t mind see Cope give MMA another try. As for Faber, the more I see, the more I’m impressed. He’s also riding a huge wave of publicity right now. He was not only on the Howard Stern Show yesterday morning, but also on the Scott Ferrall Show.

I have to be honest, I didn’t make it all the way through the IFL Battleground show on Monday. They featured more ring girl search highlights and their best submissions. I hate “best knockout” and “best submission” shows. I hate “best of” shows period. That stuff belongs on DVD so that you can watch it when you’re really bored. I want to see fresh content. I want to see matches. Battleground struggled at first, started to find itself, and then lost itself again. I like the format best when they show just 5-6 matches (not 7-8) that aren’t totally chopped up with vignettes with the fighters in between to add context to the matches. One day when I have time I’m going to write an article about how the IFL should put together their TV shows. I’m not trying to hate on the IFL, I truly do want it to succeed.

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