IFL to introduce six-sided ring 'The Hex' in August

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The International Fight League on Thursday announced the creation of a new hexagon shaped ring that will be used in all of the promotion's future fights, starting with an Aug. 15 event at the Izod Center in New Jersey.

The ring was made for the IFL in conjunction with Throwdown Industries and will feature a six-sided ring with five-ropes enclosing the surface.

"From 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," said Jay Larkin, IFL CEO. "The Hex allows for the larger surface that is utilized in other MMA organizations while still retaining the advantages we have enjoyed with the ring."

The ring is being constructed by Throwdown at a facility in Las Vegas. The IFL stated in its press release that athletes and coaches will have the opportunity to test the new ring prior to Aug. 15.

"The Hex," as it is being dubbed by the organization, will measure 24-feet across and is being created to give the live audience a better view of the fights, as well as the strategic benefits of the new shape for the ring.