The International Fight League today announced it is in the process of developing a hexagon-shaped mixed martial arts ring, to be used in future IFL competitions. The new ring, created in conjunction with Throwdown Industries, the makers of Throwdown Energy Drink, will debut when the IFL holds its event on Friday, August 15, at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. The fight card for that event will be announced in June.
Dubbed â€œThe Hex,â€ the six-sided surface will measure 24 feet across (27â€™ 8 Â½â€ end-to-end) and will be enclosed by five ropes. The use of The Hex maintains the viewing advantage for fans in attendance as well as the television audience that the ring provides, while also allowing for the strategic benefits of a hexagonal surface.
â€œFrom a production and live event standpoint, the ring has proven to be the most fan and media friendly environment, as well as providing the safest possible environment for our athletes,â€ said Jay Larkin, IFL CEO. â€œThe Hex allows for the larger surface that is utilized in other MMA organizations while still retaining the advantages we have enjoyed with the ring.â€
A prototype of The Hex is currently being constructed and will be housed in Las Vegas. Throwdown, the leader in MMA Gyms and Training centers, has built training centers and personal gyms for the top MMA athletes in the world. Athletes and coaches will have the opportunity to work out in it prior to the August 15 New Jersey event.
â€œâ€˜The Hexâ€™ is quite different from the other world-class MMA facilities we have built,â€ said Throwdown President Mike McIntyre. â€œWe are excited to be putting our expertise to work in developing what we feel will be an optimal surface for the sport as it continues to grow.â€
Tickets for the East Rutherford, N.J. event will be available at the IZOD Center Box Office (located at the Meadowlands),or by calling (201) 507-8900.