Zuffa Purchase The IFL, July 31 Marks The End

The fight Network :

According to IFL senior vice president of communications Joe Favorito, the team-based MMA promotion will turn out the lights July 31 as its assets are sold to a yet-to-be-named buyer, confirmed today by several anonymous sources as the UFC ownership group Zuffa LLC….The buyout, which will mirror Zuffa’s takeover and subsequent closure of the now defunct WFA and PRIDE FC organizations in 2007 will see the UFC and WEC’s parent company take control of the rights to current IFL contracts as well as the promotion’s video library.

Rumors of the pending sale of the IFL has be floating around for weeks, but now it seems like July 31 marks the end of the IFL. I guess this means we won’t be seeing the IFL’s latest creation, The IFL Hex.

IFL Hex

IFL’s Mark and Jim Miller Sign With The UFC

UFC middleweight prospect Mark Miller

According to MMAJunkie, two of Mixed Martial Arts top prospects, brothers Jim and Mark Miller, have abandon ship with the IFL to climb aboard with the UFC.

The brothers made their mark quickly in the IFL, Dan Miller (8-1) captured the IFL middleweight belt by submitting Ryan McGivern with a sick kneebar in May (picture above).

Jim Miller (11-1) is considered one of the top lightweight prospects in MMA today. He defeated IFL top contender Bart Palaszewski in his debut fight with the IFL. His only loss came by way of UFC lightweight contender Frankie Edgar at Reality Fighting 14 back in 2006.

The Miller brothers will be a great addition the current UFC talent pool.

CORRECTION: Its Dan Miller not “Mark Miller

MMA News: UFC To Buy The IFL

ufc purchasing IFL

I didn’t see this one coming. Reported on MMAPayout, The UFC is apparently purchasing the International Fight League (IFL).

The IFL has a large stable of young talent, some of which we are already seeing fight for the UFC (Horodecki, Blackburn, Markham, and Gusmao).

A Senior Producer at HDNet’s Inside MMA tells MMAPayout.com that the IFL will be bought by the UFC.

MMAPayout.com has confirmed talks between the IFL and UFC.