Late last week, we passed along news that Affliction had already had a date and venue set for it’s second show—October 11 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Well, according to Affliction promoter Tom Atencio, while that date and venue is being considered, there’s a chance it may not work out.
“I know everybody is reporting that but we haven’t confirmed it.”
“It’s not necessarily going to be in Vegas. We’re looking at different places. I don’t like to announce anything until papers are signed – and we haven’t signed anything, so nothing is concrete.”
“If we could do it in Vegas it would be great. I think the buzz in Vegas is great, I think the fanbase is great. I think Las Vegas would be wonderful.”
Affliction “were looking at October 11 for our next event but it doesn’t look like that is going to work out,” he added.
Perhaps October won’t be the biggest month for MMA…ever.
Atencio also clarified the situation with Tito Ortiz.
“There is a “match period” until August 3rd and we can’t even talk to him until that expires.”
According to Atencio, the clause means that if Ortiz is made an offer prior to August 3rd, the UFC has the option to match the terms and so extend his contract with them.
Yeah Tom, that’s what they all say.
If you happen to be a part of the majority who felt having Megadeth perform at “Banned” took away from the event, I don’t have good news for you. Apparently, Affliction feels otherwise and has plans to book another band for the next event.
We will have another band, somebody who is more mainstream. We’re looking at Ozzy Osbourne, Korn and Motorhead. All three of them are interested so we just need to see which one we are going to go with.
I honestly have no idea how Ozzy is still able to perform, but if they’re moving forward with this again, my vote is for him. For the record, I think they should nix the band, and put the money into improving the production.
Despite conflicting reports of Affliction’s pay-per-view buys actually being in the 50,000-85,000 range, Atencio is still maintaining “Banned” did “well over 100,000″ pay-per-view buys, although he still has no plans of releasing the actual figure.
The latest Affliction II: Fedor vs Arlovski fight card and event info can be found in our fight cards section.