IFL to Debut The “Hex” Ring on August 15


The IFL has announced that it will debut its “New” six sided ring, named the “Hex” at its New Jersey show on August 15.

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NEW YORK, May 8, 2008 —The International Fight League (IFLI: OTC.BB) today announced it is in the process of developing a hexagon-shaped mixed martial arts ring, to be used in future IFL competitions. The new ring, created in conjunction with Throwdown Industries, the makers of Throwdown Energy Drink, will debut when the IFL holds its event on Friday, August 15, at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. The fight card for that event will be announced in June.

Dubbed “The Hex,” the six-sided surface will measure 24 feet across (27’ 8 ½” end-to-end) and will be enclosed by five ropes. The use of The Hex maintains the viewing advantage for fans in attendance as well as the television audience that the ring provides, while also allowing for the strategic benefits of a hexagonal surface.

TheHex- “From a production and live event standpoint, the ring has proven to be the most fan and media friendly environment, as well as providing the safest possible environment for our athletes,” said Jay Larkin, IFL CEO. “The Hex allows for the larger surface that is utilized in other MMA organizations while still retaining the advantages we have enjoyed with the ring.”

A prototype of The Hex is currently being constructed and will be housed in Las Vegas. Throwdown, the leader in MMA Gyms and Training centers, has built training centers and personal gyms for the top MMA athletes in the world. Athletes and coaches will have the opportunity to work out in it prior to the August 15 New Jersey event.

“‘The Hex’ is quite different from the other world-class MMA facilities we have built,” said Throwdown President Mike McIntyre. “We are excited to be putting our expertise to work in developing what we feel will be an optimal surface for the sport as it continues to grow.”

Tickets for the East Rutherford, N.J. event will be available at the IZOD Center Box Office (located at the Meadowlands), www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (201) 507-8900.

Comments

  1. Oswald Gobblecock says:

    That's stupid, fight in a cage! The MMA fighting in a ring thing is retarted cause when fights get to the ropes people have to move them out of the way or reset in the middle. Wouldn't have this if you used a cage plus a cage is alot cooler anyway!

  2. 100% agree Oswald.

    My ideal cage is a round Plexiglas cage with 8ft walls. Fans will be able to see the action and you don't have to worry about taking a point off for grabbing the cage.

    Kinda like a hamster cage…

  3. poopooplatter says:

    This is a act of desperation. IFL is looking to do anything that will help them. They are bleeeeeding money.

  4. CAGES are for ANIMALS!

  5. @rob

    exactly!

  6. dane drebin says:

    my ideal fighting platfor would be two people in the middle of a ring the size of a football field that way the suroundings would in no way come in to play or cause an advantag of somekind

  7. Thats fine Dane as long as you don't have Kalib Starnes as one of the fighters.

  8. Gimmick. The problem is not the shape, but the ropes. A fighter on the ground starts to squirt out under or between the ropes and the fight has to be reset. That makes for more stops in the action and more referee interference. I like the plexiglas idea! Works for hockey. The ring could be round too. No doors. The fighters come in on hydraulic lifts in the floor (Japanese production) or use a ladder to cross (American production).

  9. Oswald Gobblecock says:

    / Or just hop over the ropes.

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