Affliction first MMA event, ‘Banned,’ is going to have to find a new home since Affliction’s deal with HDNet has fallen through, as reported by FiveOuncesOfPain.com. The event was tentatively scheduled to take place at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas, with “tentatively” being the operative word. The event is now believed to be moving to The Pond in Anaheim, Calif., news which Randy Couture passed along in an interview with Rear Naked Radio. The botched deal could have put the event’s undercard on HDNet as a lead-in for the main card, which would be on pay-per-view, with the full event airing on HDNet a week later on tape-delay.
This marks the second major deal that has fallen through for the clothing-company-turned-MMA-promoter. Affliction was originally said to be working with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions which might have led them to a television partnership with HBO. However, that didn’t work out, and Golden Boy is apparently looking at other avenues to enter into MMA.
Although Sam Caplan is only calling this latest news “a setback,” should we be worried about the future of this card headlined by a match between Fedor Emelianenko and Tim Sylvia?
In short, I think so. Despite announcements that Fedor/Sylvia is a done deal, the American side of the former M-1 Global partnership, known now as Adrenaline MMA, maintains Fedor still needs to return the $1.5 million signing bonus he received from them before he can legally fight for another organization. The fact that Fedor’s ‘Banned’ opponent, Tim Sylvia, is under contract with Adrenaline MMA, which is led by Monte Cox, makes the whole situation even more bizarre. And the fact that this final piece of business in the M-1 Global split—Fedor’s bonus—still remains unsettled is rather odd. Why haven’t they given it back yet? Hopefully, the answer won’t be that Fedor’s camp doesn’t have it to give it back.
Add that into the equation with two major deals falling apart, a rumored card that sounds too good to be true, and an event potentially being the most expensive single MMA show ever, and you just have a situation that’s begging to become a disaster. So far, all we have heard is huge things from Affliction, but they are typically followed up with bad news. Is this latest let-down a sign of things to come? I really hope not, but at this point, my excitement is turning more and more into anxiety waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop.
EliteXC Second Promotion To Ban Affliction Sponsored Clothing
Caplan is also reporting that EliteXC has joined the UFC in laying down the hammer on its fighters wearing Affliction-sponsored clothing at their events.
Since when did EliteXC gain enough market share to play the “we’re not working with other organizations” game?
EliteXC may have a huge advantage over all the other promotions not named UFC with their CBS deal, but they have yet to prove they are the legitimate number two promotion in the sport. They should worry about getting themselves out of their multi-million dollar hole before they start worrying about people tuning in and making the connection between a fighter’s shirt and a promotion that hasn’t proved they can walk the walk yet.
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