In a recent article on MMAMadness, Rami Genauer offers a unique perspective on the whole IFL team system and its upcoming Grand Prix fighter tournament. The article gives the good and bad of the current system and how it can be improved. I am a big fan of the IFL, not for the team aspect, but because the IFL has some badass fighters. I have been watching IFL battleground since its inception, but I still don’t know many of the teams. I’m hoping the IFL scraps the team concept and just goes to a traditional fighter vs. fighter model. What ever the IFL has to do, they sure have some talented fighters.
Let’s start with the good news. The IFL recently announced the lineups for its first ever World Grand Prix tournament. Four fighters in each of the five weight classes will battle it out for the championship belt, which will be defended throughout the 2008 season. Even a hardened IFL skeptic would have to admit that the matchups and fighters involved are pretty intriguing. To start with, the tournament features the rematch between stellar lightweights Chris Horodecki and Bart Palaszewski after a phenomenal first fight that gave Horodecki a questionable split decision victory.
Here is the bad news: I have no idea what teams any of the above fighters are on, and what’s more, I couldn’t really care less. When the Grand Prix is over on December 29, the IFL will revert back to its team-based format and I will revert back to being an occasional viewer.