THE NEXT BIG THING...
We Present To You, The
International BATTLE League!
After a successful year in working with the Professional MMA
League, the IFL
( International Fight League
) the ISCF
has been swamped with requests from literally hundreds of Amateur Fighters and Trainers have been asking the ISCF
to create something like the IFL
" concept, but for Amateurs. Well Fighters.... Your prayers and wishes have been answered. We would like to introduce to you the "Next Big Thing"
for MMA, The
International Battle League
The First Real Amateur MMA Team Fight League!
Already there is a lot of excitement about the new IBL.
"I was so excited to hear that the ISCF was working to implement an amateur fight league
." said Joe Taylor,
President of Combat Sports International - www.combatsports.com
"This is long overdue as it is a must that the amateur athletes are given a first class platform to display their talents. I am 100% confident that Steve Fossum and the ISCF will provide such a stage for these disciplined athletes. Combat Sports International is proud to be given the opportunity to support such a noble venture.
"Even before this official press release was made there has already been a load of interest." said Steve Crawford, VP of Operations with the new IBL. "In just speaking with several fighters, trainers and promoters, the IBL has had requests for teams from Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota, Virginia, Florida, Arkansas, Indiana and North Carolina. We have also had several top names voice their support such as Pat Miletich, Bas Rutten and Keith Hackney."
Even the IFL
is supportive of the IBL
knowing it will be a great place to scout potential pro talent for the Pro IFL
League. All rules and regulations of the IBL
will be sanctioned by the ISCF.
"Our goal in creating the IBL is not to compete with the IFL.
" Said ISCF
President Steve Fossum
. "We still have a very good relationship with them and of course competing on a pro level would be burning a loyal bridge. If anything, the new IBL Amateur League will be a feeder organization to Professional Promotions such as the IFL.
Of course, the main thing that sets the IBL
apart from the IFL
is the fact that the IBL
is an AMATEUR
Team League and although there are other things that are the same, there are also a lot of differences.
The weight classes are the same;
Lightweight, 145 lbs. to 155 lbs.
Welterweight, 155 lbs. to 170 lbs.
Middleweight, 170 lbs. to 185 lbs.
Light Heavyweight, 185 lbs. to 205 lbs.
Heavyweight, 205 lbs. to 265 lbs.
The Team concept and competition will be the same, as each League Event will feature 4 Teams, where 2 Teams square off against each other for ranking points, wins and loses. However, the differences of the IBL Amateur League may work to its overall advantage and future success.
In the IBL, all the Teams will be "Teamed Owned" instead of owned by the League (IBL). Team Owners do not have to be directly involved in the sport of MMA. In some cases the Team Owner will be the same as the Team Coach. However, some Teams will have a separate Owner and Coach. There is no limit to the number of Coaches and or Trainers each Team can have. Each Team will be responsible for their own expenses which means they will be allowed to seek and attain their own sponsorship for expense funding and or needed equipment. Team members could be fighters all from 1 gym/school or a combined group from the city or region the team is based out of. It will be best if all the Team members live close to each other to assure unity of the Team, especially in Team practices and decision making. This concept clearly separates the IBL/ISCF Leadership from the TEAMS just as in other successful Team Leagues such as the NFL or NBA. The only difference here is that this is an AMATEUR League.
Teams will field 5 starters and 5 alternates. Each Team will be responsible for hosting 1 home event a season. Scheduled events will be held every 30 days or every 4-5 weeks, depending on venue bookings. The plan is to have a 4 month season that will provide 1 home event for each Team.
The regions of the IBL are pretty basic. The League will be divided into 3 Conferences (Western, Central and Eastern) and 3 Divisions in each Conference (Northern, Central and Southern). At the end of the 4 month season, each region of each conference will each have a Champion. There will also be 1 Wild Card Team which is the next best team of all 3 Divisions who will round out the needed 4 Teams for the Conference playoffs. The conference playoffs will take place on two events, 30 days apart (To provide plenty of rest and recovery time in case a fighter from one team is stopped by strikes for example)
Once a Champion is determined from the 3 Conferences, the League will select the best performing Team from the Playoffs to be added in as the Wild Card Team to make up the IBL Final 4 Championships.
The IBL will be responsible for hosting the IBL Final 4 Championship event. At the Tournament, after weigh-ins, a hat draw will determine the parings of the first 2 match ups and the first 10 fights along with which Teams will compete first. After the first 10 fights, on the SAME NIGHT, the final two winning Teams will meet for the IBL Championship. Here is where it ads a little twist. The winning "Fighters" will each receive an IBL Championship Belts. The Winning TEAM will receive a Championship Trophy and other Championship Awards such as individual Championship Rings, Plaques, Jackets and other things.
After the IBL Final 4 Championships, the IBL will host the IBL Grand Prix which will be a match-up of the top 10 fighters (2 from each weight class) to compete for an even more prestigious belt, the IBL Grand Prix Belt.
There is a lot more we will be announcing about the IBL so keep watch here on the IBL News pages.
Right now one of the next goals of the IBL is to confirm the first 4 Teams that will kick off the start of the IBL at this years ISCF World Classic in Cedar Rapids Iowa at the US Cellular Center Arena! These 4 Teams will compete in a special Saturday Night Feature Event during the Tournament weekend.
So if you are interested in seeing it LIVE, we hope to see you in Cedar Rapids the weekend of May 2nd, 3rd and 4th where you will not only see the BEST Amateur MMA Fighters competing in an open Tournament format to be the BEST Amateur MMA Fighter in the World, but also, the start of the "Next Big Thing for MMA!"