In the weeks leading up to “Day of Reckoning,” it seemed like a miracle if Affliction did well enough to justify continuing their MMA promotion with additional events. Then, immediately following the event, reports started coming in (mainly with Golden Boy as the sources) touting that the event had exceeded expectations, and a third show was looking more realistic. Not too long after, news broke that negotiations were being held to finally book Josh Barnett against Fedor Emelianenko in the main event.
Sounded promising, right?
Well, if a third event is actually going to happen, Tom Atencio’s not going to confirm it. MDS did the best job you could ask for pushing Tom for an answer and all he seemed to get was the run-around.
Michael David Smith: Will there be a third Affliction show?
Tom Atencio: I’m working on it right now. I just don’t have dates. I’ve always said I take it one fight at a time, and that’s how I’ve done it. I just don’t have dates. I’m trying to work on everything and make sure everyone’s on board.
So there’s a chance you won’t have a third show?
No, I’m just trying to figure out what we’re doing, that’s all. I’m kind of between a rock and a hard place. The fans and the media treat me like I’m on my 10th show. I’m on my third show, and I’m just trying to make sure I don’t make the same mistakes that I made in the other events. If there’s things I’ve made mistakes on I try to fix them. I’m trying to be methodical about everything. I’m just trying to make sure that whatever we do, we’re doing it right. And then on the other hand, sponsors and everybody else are treating it like it is my second show and trying to make me prove myself, and that’s what I’m doing. So I’m kind of between a rock and a hard place. It’s only my third show. It’s not like I’ve done this before. It’s not like we come from another organization of smaller fights. This is right out of the gate, we showed up, we did a huge show, we did a second huge show, now I’m just trying to figure out how we do our third show.
I haven’t heard you say, explicitly, “Yes, we’re definitely doing a third show.”
I don’t think it’s a matter of that, I think it’s just, like I said, I’m just trying to take it one fight at a time. … You want me to give you a definite answer, and the definite answer I can give you right now is I do not have dates or a venue as of today.
That’s a lot of words for a question that simply could have been answered with one if they were definitely moving forward with Affliction III, and a far cry from holding four events a year like we recently heard. Maybe their initial pay-per-view estimates were a little off.
Nevertheless, I’d much rather hear Atencio’s uncertainty than listen to Michael D. Cohen tell us how Affliction MMA Entertainment is the number one Q-tip of the industry brand in mixed martial arts. Affliction’s shows have been pretty awesome, and I don’t mind so much when promoters stretch the truth a little, but Cohen is so full of bs it’s no wonder half the fan base wants to see them fail.
I, for one, hope they don’t, because no matter how disorganized they are, and how poor they come across in the media, “Day of Reckoning” was an awesome event, and arguably the best of the year thus far. How could you not want to see another?