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Exclusive: Randy Couture to be at IFL World Grand Prix this Saturday ( has learned that Randy Couture will be at the IFL’s first-ever World Grand Prix this Saturday to corner Jay Hieron, who will be participating in the welterweight tournament.

The first leg of the WGP is scheduled to take place at the Sears Center in Chicago and will determine finalists for the lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, and heavyweight titles to be crowned for the first time in league history on Dec. 29 in Uncasville, Connecticut.

However, one title will be decided on Saturday when Vladimir Matyushenko and Alex Schoenauer battle for the light heavyweight crown. The Matyushenko vs. Schoenauer match will be televised live in the U.S. on MyNetworkTV at 9 p.m. ET along with a lightweight semifinal bout between Chris Horodecki and Bart Palaszewski.

Schoenauer and Horodecki, who train with IFL color commentator Bas Rutten, have also spent recent time at Couture’s Xtreme Couture gym in Las Vegas preparing for their matches.

The fact that Couture is cornering Hieron is very interesting. IFL president and COO Jay Larkin indicated on Tuesday that the team-based fight league is considering a plan to do away with city affiliations in favor of re-branding the teams as fight camps. Might Saturday’s appearance be a prelude to Couture coaching his fighters in the IFL on a full-time basis in 2008?

  • paddiosf says:

    It’s good to see Couture still Coaching in Support his Fighters…I would like to see a Xtreme Couture Team in the IFL…That would be a Huge Name there Sport needs..It’ll be interesting to see his Reception he’ll get when he Corners a fighter in the UFC…

  • Accomando says:

    “…Jay Larkin indicated on Tuesday that the team-based fight league is considering a plan to do away with city affiliations in favor of re-branding the teams as fight camps…”

    This will help.

  • paddiosf says:

    If that’s something that’s being consider maybe well see a Chute Boxe and Brazilian Top Team…I know that in Brazil that they have a IFL like Leagues that are Competing….hopefully we ‘ll see those teams maybe in a Grand Prix like Tourney??? I know it’s wishfull thinking..If we could live in a Perfect MMA World..

  • Gabber says:

    Man, if they could do it right I’d be down with IFL for sure. Xtreme Couture, Brazilian Top Team, American Top Team, Gracice Schools, American Kickboxing Academy, MFS, HIT, Red Devils?

    Would be totally slick, would be more feuds instead of the same dudes cycling in and out. I get it, Ben Rothwell owns, gimme a break. 😀

  • […] will give them that extra push to really make it. Couture will be at the IFL show this Saturday (an appearance that’s being blown out of proportion by some), so I guess we’ll see how his golden touch […]

  • Bill says:

    The IFL needs to copy the UFC in every way and it will succeed. Randy is the guy that can make this all happen. What Randy has to worry about is getting all this statred with the IFL and then getting bought out but the UFC. This is very possible because the UFC is getting rich quick with the formula they presently have. We’ll all get a chance to see Jay Larkin’s true intentions over the next year or so if the IFL takes off. He’ll either sell everyone down the drain to the UFC for money or keep his guys alive. Time will tell. My guess is he goes for the bucks.



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