SATURDAY, December 22nd, 2007, AT 9:30 PM, PT
AND THE WINNER IS...
ISCF MMA WORLD CLASSIC!
AMATEUR MMA CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT
ONCE AGAIN, WE WILL BE AT THE...
US Cellular Center & Crowne Plaza Hotel
May 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 2008 - In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA
A lot of this may sound the same from last year, which makes it easy for us, and everyone else. It had come down to 3 locations of the over 50 Bid Proposals we received from around North America. One location in Missouri, one from Indiana and the Iowa location.
In the end, it was the combined efforts of the US Cellular Center ( The same Event Arena used for last years first ISCF MMA Tournament and he 2003 and 2006 IKF Annual Kickboxing Tournament), the Crowne Plaza Five Seasons Hotel and the Cedar Rapids Convention Visitors Bureau in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA.
The US Cellular Center is the same Arena that the UFC used when they came to Iowa back in the 90's before settling in Las Vegas.
At last years first ever ISCF MMA WORLD CLASSIC we only used 1 cage. It won't be until about two weeks prior to the event whether or not we will use 1 or two for 2008. On the idea board again for 2008 is whether or not we will have a "Non Striking" Grappling Tournament during the same weekend. This has yet to be determined.
The US Cellular Center is a beautiful 28,000 square foot "Stadium Seating Arena" which has held the title of the FINEST Venue we have ever had over all the years (9 straight years now) of the annual IKF Kickboxing Tournament. There is a total of 16,200 square feet on the actual arena floor space, and add in the Stadium Seating area and there is plenty of seating for spectators. Better yet, since nearly all the seating is elevated, there is not a bad seat in the house!
It is one of the most impressive entertainment venues in the Midwest. It also has 4 complete locker rooms (Showers, lockers etc.) for the participants and plenty of warm-up area surrounding the outside of the arena bowl under the elevated seating areas. As far as sporting events, in the past it has hosted as mentioned above, the UFC along with the Taekwondo Nationals and many Wrestling Championships and even WWF wrestling (Now WWE), not to mention many stars like the Harlem Globetrotters as well as concerts including KISS, Prince, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Amy Grant, Diana Ross, Pantera, Motley Crue, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Styx, AC/DC, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Diamond Rio, Martina McBride, Gaither Homecoming, Barry Manilow, Chicago, Bon Jovi, Blue Collar Comedy, Chicago, Beach Boys and Bob Dylan.
The 275 room Crowne Plaza Five Seasons Hotel is also Fantastic! The 16-story hotel is situated in the heart of downtown Cedar Rapids and is conveniently located just 10 minutes (eight miles) from Cedar Rapids Airport (Eastern Iowa Airport). The Hotel will provide Free Shuttle Service for all tournament Attendees (Fighters, trainers, officials and of course, fight families and fans!)
It is connected by hallway to the US Cellular Center and connected by 12-block skywalk system to numerous shopping and dining options and 2 theatres, the Theatre Cedar Rapids and the IMAX Theatre. All 275 rooms in the 16-story hotel feature cable TV and in-room movies, coffee maker, hair dryer, ironing board/iron and there are of course, non-smoking rooms available. There is also a business center, fitness center, indoor pool, and sauna. Top of the Five rooftop restaurant and Front Street Lounge, serving lighter fare, are both open 7 days a week. The room rate for a weekend at the Crowne Plaza Five Seasons Hotel is usually $140.00 per night, however our special ISCF MMA WORLD CLASSIC rate will only be $109.00 per night. The US Cellular Center is simply down an elevator and a hallway from everyone's hotel room.
ALL Participants are required to stay in the Host Hotel.
This is a lesson we learned at a past IKF Tournament. The lessons learned happened at back to back IKF Tournaments before we made the decision to put in place the mandatory host hotel rule. At one of our past IKF Kickboxing Tournaments we had Fighters get injured in their bout and we needed to contact their parents who were not in the venue at the time of their bouts. At another past tournament we had some fighters we needed to locate due to bout changes but we could not find them in the event room or in the hotel because they were at another hotel sleeping. Due to these issues causing a lot of problems, we do not want to face such issues again. This is why this is a MANDATORY RULE now for competitors at not only the IKF Kickboxing Tournament, but it will also be a rule for the ISCF MMA WORLD CLASSIC. At Registration we will be asking each fighter and trainer for their room number and room confirmation code in case we need to contact them for bout or schedule changes or in case of any emergency. The ISCF will have a main Headquarters Suite for all event organizations duties. The hotel layout also allows us to block off a private floor for all the ISCF Event Officials to book their rooms on.
20K+ IN AWARDS
EVERY FIGHTER will walk away with some type of Award(s) or Gift(s) from the ISCF and other Sponsors!
The awards for this event alone will be a major expense. Awards will be broken down into two different divisions.
2008 - ISCF WELCOMES
WOMEN TO THE CLASSIC!
OK Ladies, you got your wish, so don't
let us down!
The 2008 ISCF World Classic will welcome "6" Woman's Divisions.
They will all be OPEN Divisions. The weightclasses will be;
125 lbs. & Below - 56.81 kg & Below
125.1 to 135 lbs. - 56.82 - 61.36
135.1 to 145 lbs. - 61.37 - 65.90
145.1 to 155 lbs. - 65.91 - 70.45
155.1 to 170 lbs. - 70.45.1 - 77.27
185.1 lbs. -84.10 & UP
ISCF's OBLIGATION TO
Looking at the numbers above, once one does the math for 8 belts at $1,500.00 each ($12,000.00) plus the other 14 at $265.00 each ($3,710.00) and already we have over $15,000 in just Belt Awards. This does not include the Thousands of dollars in additional awards which will of course add more $$ to the mix. Overall we plan to give out between $20 and $25,000 in awards and gifts alone. This event is the ISCF's opportunity to "Give Back" to the Amateur side of our sport because as you can add up here, there will not be any profit for us in this event unless we sell a lot of spectator tickets, so "Bring your Fans!" Like with the yearly IKF Tournament, that started as a USA only, than grew to a North American and is now a WORLD Amateur Kickboxing Tournament, we feel it is our obligation and duty to create the Ultimate "Golden Glove" style tournaments for our fight sports! The expenses for this Tournament and the other Tournaments we host are necessary to create "Legit Amateur Champions" and a "First Class Event and Venue" for these Top Amateurs to fight in and at! We hope you agree.
As would be expected, an event of this size will be needing a lot of Officials (Judges, Timekeepers, Referees and assistants). Those of you who are either local to the event or already going, please let us know by e-mail if you can volunteer to be an official at this event. We have received a lot of request for officials however most of them are asking for us to pay their travel fees and we simply cannot afford this because of the cost of the venue, awards and the many other items that go into promoting such an event. There simply is no budget for 50+ Officials. For these very reasons, officials (or trainers who can assist as officials) who can pay their own travel fees will be selected first as the event officials as we have done every year for our IKF Tournament. Once we have you confirmed, we will list you on our ISCF MMA WORLD CLASSIC OFFICIALS PAGE. Each official will receive a free ISCF MMA WORLD CLASSIC Officials Shirt and the ISCF will pay for your lunch on both days of the Tournament just as the IKF does for Officials at our annual IKF Tournament. So, If you are able to volunteer to be an Official at 2008 ISCF MMA WORLD CLASSIC please let the us know by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
2007 ISCF EVENT OFFICIALS
The Registration fee for the 2008 ISCF MMA WORLD CLASSIC is the same as last year, $55.00 Per Fighter.
Those wanting to Register now can go to the Official Registration form by Clicking HERE!
In order for everything to run smooth, all fighter applications and registration fees must be received here at the ISCF Headquarters by The DEADLINE date of APRIL 4th, 2008. Any fighter who's Registration form is RECEIVED (Not Postmarked) Here at the ISCF Headquarters AFTER APRIL 4th, 2008 will be charged a Late Fee as noted below.
ADDITIONAL LATE FEES
There Are "SIX" Registration Deadlines
BRACKETS ARE LIMITED TO "EIGHT" FIGHTERS!
ONLY 8 Fighters Will Be Accepted for EACH Division Bracket!
Not only will the weightclasses be limited to "EIGHT" Divisions, each weightclass bracket will also be limited to "EIGHT" Amateur MMA fighters! This is because we do not want the fighters to have to fight more than 3 times over the weekend. Twice on Prelim Saturday, and their Championship bout on Championship Sunday. For this reason, registrations will be taken on a FIRST COME basis! So if you want to reserve your spot in your desired bracket you need to register AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! ALL registered fighters will be posted on our Registered Fighters page located HERE! Fighters are urged to keep watch of this page because "IF" your division fills up, you need to keep watch to see if anyone drops out of your division so that you can take their place.
So Again...Those wanting to Register now can go to the Official Registration form by Clicking HERE!
COACHES & TRAINERS
Like last years ISCF MMA World Classic and like every year with our IKF Kickboxing Tournament, there are a lot of people who try to sneak into these events claiming to be assistant trainers, officials, etc. etc. For this reason, as we do at our IKF Tournament now, we will charge for an Official ISCF MMA WORLD CLASSIC Cornerman/Trainers Badge.
This will prevent individuals just attaining a cornermans pass for free only to watch the event. The other reason for this is to police each fighters corner so that only Registered Cornermen and Trainers are in each fighters corner in "The Pit" and the warm-up area. Only registered cornermen/women will be allowed into each fighters corner and "The Pit."
When you mail in your registration form and fee, you MUST INCLUDE A HEADSHOT PHOTO OF YOURSELF in your mailing! This photo and fee will need to be mailed in PRIOR to the event so that we can have your Official PHOTO ID Badge made for you prior to the event. The photo you send in should be no larger than 2 inches X 2 inches.
IF you bring your own 2" x 2" headshot photo to Registration: You will be charged $25 for your Official PHOTO ID Badge.
If we have to take your Photo at Registration: You will be Charged $35 $35.00 for your Official PHOTO ID Badge.
ALL Cornermen/women must be at least 18 years of age. Cornermen and Trainers will register on Friday during the hours of 2:00 PM and 6:PM at the Trainers Registration Table which will be marked in the Venue.
& PRO SCOUTS
It's pretty well known that the Annual IKF Amateur Kickboxing Tournament has had many different Special Guests attend the event along with Kickboxing event Promoters and Pro Fight Scouts for large Pro Events. This will be no different for the ISCF MMA WORLD CLASSIC We already have a plan on who will be our Special Celebrity Guests and we will be making that announcement after the first of the year. However we would also like to let you up and coming Amateurs know that THERE WILL be Pro Scouts there from "SEVERAL" Large Pro MMA Promotions.
One of those Large Pro MMA Promotions is the IFL, the International Fight League. (www.ifl.tv). The IFL is a League of Pro MMA Teams that compete on a circuit throughout a season towards their own Championship Event. We will announce other scouts in the coming weeks.
In addition, there will be IBL Team owners and trainers there looking to enhance their 2008 Fighter rosters.
For those who are in the MMA Game, you know Sponsors Love MMA! Sponsors will LOVE this Tournament! If you know of someone who would like to be one of the sponsor this event, or the Main Lead Sponsor or donate gifts for the Athletes, please let us know by e-mail at: email@example.com
We will also have Vendor Booth space available inside the arena at the event. Our plan is to make this not just an MMA Tournament but an MMA Fair! As with the Sponsorship, those interested in Vendor Booth Space, Banner placement, Program Ads and more, please let us know by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fighters... It's time once again to stop "Talking The Talk!" If you think you are the BEST Amateur MMA Fighter in the World, It's time for you to come join us, and prove it to the WORLD as we all "WALK The WALK" at the 2008 ISCF MMA Classic - Amateur MMA Championship Tournament!
SPEAKING OF THE WORLD...
Word has it that there will be several fighters from Europe attending this years event, so Welcome Europe!
We look forward to seeing you ALL there...
For more info about the
2008 ISCF MMA WORLD CLASSIC
Amateur Championship Tournament
The ISCF Mission For
Mixed Martial Arts...
"Safety, Credibility, Fairness, Recognition, Support & Unification
of Mixed Martial Arts Around The World"
"The goal of the International Sport Combat
Federation is to regulate safe and fair rules and regulations and help provide
exposure and opportunities for local, regional, national and international
competition among amateur and professional mixed martial arts fighters,
trainers, promoters and officials. We will, through adherence to and enforcement
of these rules and regulations, strive to make competitive mixed martial arts
fighting a safe and fair sport as we continue to help bring exposure to and
enhance the present as well as the future of the sport we serve, Mixed Martial
Steve Fossum, President International Sport Combat Federation