The IFL conducted a conference call for the media this afternoon. IFL president/co-owner Kurt Otto, LA Anacondas coach Shawn Tompkins, and Iowa Silverbacks coach Pat Miletich were on the call.
Here are some of the highlights:
- The lineups for the Grand Prix in each weight class will be announced next Wednesday. Four fighters in each weight class will compete after the finals to determine who is the best in each weight class. The winners will get titles and be considered the champions of the IFL in their weight class. The Grand Prix will be decided over the course of multiple fight cards.
- An interesting question about the GP was raised, that being what will happen if a fighter makes it to the finals and is also chosen to compete in the GP. Otto discussed how grueling the season might be for someone to have competed in the regular season, post-season, and the GP but he made it sound as though that if the fighter is healthy, he’ll be allowed to compete.
- The injuries were discussed and replacements announced. For more info, scroll below for the rosters and matchups for the semifinals. Chris Horodecki is in the “latter stages” of his recovery, according to Tompkins and should be ready for the GP. Otto noted that a lot of people are disappointed about not getting to see a rematch between Horodecki vs. Bart Palaszewski but hinted we may get to see it in the GP.
- Ryan McGivern is out of the semis for the Silverbacks because he’s getting married and the bride’s parents are paying, according to Miletich. Pat indicated that the wedding and honeymoon have been planned for quite some time and he’s been aware that McGivern might not be available.
- Gerald Harris will be filling in for McGivern. I had questions about this because Harris has fought for the Portland Wolfpack and also trains with Matt Lindland at Team Quest. I wasn’t the only one who was curious. However, it looks like it was Miletich’s decision and not something that was pushed on him. He said his original choice was Robbie Lawler as their middleweight representative but that Lawler injured his should during the taping of TUF 6 (he’s serving as an assistant coach to Matt Hughes). Prior to the injury he was trying to get permission from Icon Sport to use Lawler but after Lawler was injured, his match for Icon was moved to late-July, making it impossible to fight on August 2. Lindland apparently gave his blessing for Miletich to use Harris.
- The Continental Airlines Arena will be scaled to handle 7,000-7,500 seats for the semifinals on Aug.2.
- All fighters injured during training or fighting for their respective team will get paid for the semifinals. They won’t be available for any fight bonuses though, since they won’t be partaking in actual matches.
- Otto reiterated something he said while a guest on Eddie Goldman’s show a few weeks ago and that is that there could be some coaching changes and relocation of cities. There doesn’t sound like there’s any immediate plan to expand beyond 12 teams though.