Update on ICF: Shattered - New Main Event

As I previously reported here, ICF: Shattered is scheduled for January 24, 2009, in Florence, KY. When I posted that prior article, the main event was scheduled to be a pro match-up between Roger Bowling and Grant Sarver.

However, as I can confirm from an email I received from Steve Stanton (one of the ICF promoters) today, the Bowling vs. Sarver match has been cancelled and the main event is now an amateur Light Heavyweight Title fight between defending Champ George Oiler and challenger T.J. Ball.

For more details on the show, as well as ICF's announcement of a special guest referee, check after the jump.

From the ICF's website,

Current AFL and former UFC fighter Dan "The Sandman" Christison will be the special guest referee on Saturday January 24th.

At 6'8" and 270 lbs, Christison is a heavyweight who fights chiefly with a submission wrestling style. Dan was a contestant on the second season of The Ultimate Fighter. Nicknamed "Big" Dan Christison and Dan "The Sandman" Christison, he lost his first fight on the show, a quarterfinals match with Seth Petruzelli.

Christison has an MMA record of 15 wins, 6 losses, and 0 draws, with some of his losses coming to the biggest names in MMA such as Dan Severn and Frank Mir. He has won his last 6 fights, 2 of which were with ICF.

Both Oiler and Christison put on entertaining fights at the last show, and I'm looking forward to seeing Oiler fight again, and to talking with both of them after the event.

In case you missed my live blog from the ICF: Redemption event, you can check it out here.

If you want to check out the post-event commentary I did, including interviews with Christison and UFC fighter Jake O'Brien, go here.

For those of you wanting more information on Oiler, you can check out his FightTicker profile here, or you can find him on myspace here, or you can find the school where he teaches and trains, Beckley MMA, on myspace here.

Oiler had a hell of a fight last time, an amazing comeback after taking an illegal knee to the head. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing him defend his title against Ball.

ICF put on a great show last time, and I think this one is going to be even better. As I mentioned before, I'll be there do a live-blog and post-event article, so make sure to check back for them.


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