The IFL‘s first-ever live telecast Saturday night on MyNetworkTV at 9 p.m. ET is a welcome relief for those sick of all the politics and the drama that’s been going on in MMA. While the league secured a two-hour window in Canada on Fox Sports World, the U.S. television audience will be limited to just one hour. However, that one hour of TV time emanating from the Sears Center in Chicago should be memorable as the IFL is offering two of the best matchups it has to offer from the field of its first-ever World Grand Prix.
The team-based league is taking a break from its usual format and will crown individual champions for the first time in the lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight divisions. The winners of all tonight’s semifinal bouts will advance to the WGP finals on Dec. 29 in Connecticut, with the lone exception being the light heavyweight bout between Vladimir Matyushenko. Due to contract issues and injury, the league decided to trim the four-man field at 205 lbs. down to two and treat the fans of Chicago to the first-ever individual championship bout in IFL history.
Here’s a brief rundown of the matches scheduled to be shown on MyNetworkTV:
Lightweight Semifinal: Bart Palaszewski vs. Chris Horodecki -
Palaszewski fights for Pat Miletich’s IFL team but doesn’t train out of MFS. It’s ironic because Palaszewski is pretty much the prototypical lighter weight MFS fighter: well-rounded, fundamentally sound, good on the ground, and tough.