Quick Notes from the IFL Finals
Sid Needelman calling it in… 9/19/2007 Questions/Comments: [email protected]
The weigh-ins started late as they had to be moved in from Hooters at the Hardrock Casino, to a ball room. The reason it was moved last minute was because Hooters was over filled. A very good sign for the IFL when so many people are interested they needed to set up in a new space twice as large as they expected.
The FL commission wanted to go over the rules before the weigh-ins. This was not what the IFL had told the fighters, but none of them looked visibly upset.
One person who looked especially not upset, but rather in great spirits was Ricco Rodriguez. Before the weigh-ins he looked happy, not nervous and notably more fit than he has in years.
When I interviewed him after the weigh-in, Ricco exuded confidence, a healthy attitude, and tons of optimism. he had some exciting news about his future to share.
155 lbs. Bart Palaszewski seemed to have trouble making weight. He and his teammates were notably frustrated as he had to be re-weighed with no underwear on.
Recent comeback star, Benji Radach, was in attendance even though he is not on the card. He will corner his friend, Brad Blackburn against Travis Cox.
Benji is currently back in Florida training at the main American Top Team location and with his now housemate, Mike Brown.
Ryan McGivern had an easy “cut” down to 185, and looks great as he is back from his honeymoon in Hawaii. He was very happy to answer questions after the weigh-in.
Mario Sperry was announced to be working with the IFL. They seem to want him to start a team in Florida, but he seems reluctant. He is training someone for the December IFL, but it was not announced who that would be.
The night ran smoothly once it started, and everyone was treated great by the IFL staff. Noteworthy attendance by: Robbie Lawler, Matt Lindland, Maurice Smith, and obviously the coaches and fighters competing tomorrow.