Friday 5ive: 2016 Fantasy International Fight League Draft

Friday 5ive: 2016 Fantasy International Fight League Draft

IFL LogoBy: Albert Miller – I miss the International Fight League (IFL), and I miss it a lot. For all of its flaws, the IFL had so much potential. Maybe it’s because it reminded me of wrestling (for that one year in junior high), but the idea of combat sports on a team sport platform seemed both revolutionary and traditional. Had the IFL not focused on celebrity coaches and put funds and focus towards attracting fighters to actually fighting on teams, I think that we’d still be watching the IFL today and even rooting on our favorite teams. Continue reading “Friday 5ive: 2016 Fantasy International Fight League Draft”

Are Guys Like Mike Wilkins the Next Generation of Main Eventer?

mikewilkinsThe June 14th main event between Mike Wilkins and Eric Calderon was the first Gladiators of the Cage (GOTC) main event that didn’t feature Chris Dempsey in a long time. When you find yourself in the main event, for a promotion that is dog-fighting for market share in a major metropolitan area, the pressure is immense. There is high-caliber training to be concerned with, proper diet, day jobs and selling tickets to offset training costs; now let’s add that to the pressure that your fight is for the promotion that brought such Pittsburgh classic fights like Jaime Chesney vs. Jessica Richman (the first female fight in the metropolitan area), the grudge fight between Dominick “The Honey Badger” Mazzotta vs. Cody “No Love” Garbrandt and Chris Dempsey’s come-one-come-all title defenses. Continue reading “Are Guys Like Mike Wilkins the Next Generation of Main Eventer?”