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Affliction Announces Partial ‘Day of Reckoning’ Fight Card; Tito Ortiz Not Signed?

Affliction Day of Reckoning Poster

Affliction held a press conference today to officially announce a few of the bouts on their second card, which has been titled “Day of Reckoning.” They also announced that HDNet would air three preliminary bouts prior to the start of the pay-per-view like they did with FSN for “Banned.” Tickets will range in price from $75 to $500.

The announced fights:

It was not announced, but MMAJunkie.com is reporting that IFL Welterweight Champ Jay Hieron has been signed by Affliction and is expected to make his debut at DoR. In a separate report, also from MMAJunkie.com, IFL star Chris Horodecki has signed a three-fight deal with Affliction, and will compete on October 11 as well. Unfortunately, it appears that Aleksander Emelianenko will not due to his licensing issues.

One person noticeably missing from the press conference was Tito Ortiz. In an SI.com article that came out late yesterday, Ortiz stated that he had signed a “ground-breaking” deal with Affliction. Affliction refuted Tito’s claims to Sherdog.com’s Loretta Hunt.

Legal counsel for Affliction Entertainment said Wednesday that Ortiz’s signing was only a “rumor,” and that when he was released from his contractual obligations, the promotion would be interested in signing him.

“Don Trump Jr., myself and Tito engaged in a conversation,” said Michael Cohen, executive vice president of The Trump Organization and special counsel to Donald Trump, who started a business relationship with the promotion in June. “There is nothing substantive that was discussed other than the fact we are interested in sitting down with him, which we’re planning on doing in the very near future.”

Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio would not address Ortiz’s claims to SI.com that the potential deal would be a “ground-breaking record contract” that included duties outside the ring as well. Atencio said he has not yet spoken with Ortiz.

It’s important to note that the SI.com story we linked to yesterday was updated from “Tito Ortiz signs with Affliction” to “Tito Ortiz nears deal with Affliction.”

It’s unclear if it was a mistake made by SI.com or if something happened with the deal at the last minute, but for now, the official stance is that Tito is not under contract with Affliction. Hopefully, we’ll find out the truth soon enough. We’ll keep you posted.

The latest Affliction II: Day of Reckoning fight card and event info can be found in our fight cards section.

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