Affliction issued a formal press release today to officially announce Affliction ‘Banned.’
“Affliction Banned” to make MMA history
Fedor returns to ring
July 19 PPV show in Anaheim
ANAHEIM, California (May 14, 2008) – Affliction, the premier fashion label for men who love hard rock and fast living, will make history presenting its own Mixed-Martial-Arts pay-per-view event in association with M-1 and Roy Englebrecht Events, appropriately named “Affliction Banned,” featuring the much-anticipated return of Russian heavyweight superstar Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko, supported by an All-World caliber undercard, July 19th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
“Affliction Banned” will be distributed on Pay-Per-View and air live (9 PM/ET, 6 PM/PT) on cable and satellite viewing in the USA and Canada via iN Demand, TVN, Shaw Communications, Viewer’s Choice Canada, DirecTV, DISH Network, Bell ExpressVue and Star Choice for a suggested retail price of $39.95. The telecast will be available in both standard and high definition television.
Fedor (27-1), the former undisputed PRIDE® heavyweight champion and Russian M-1 legend, has been universally recognized the past five years as the most dominating heavyweight in the world. He will face former 2-time UFC® heavyweight title-holder Tim “The Maine-iac” Sylvia (24-4), fighting out of Iowa by way of his native Maine.
The exciting four-fight undercard is loaded with Josh “The Baby Faced Assassin” Barnett (21-5), of Seattle, facing-off stateside for the first time in two years in a grudge match against the only opponent to ever knock him out, Brazilian strongman Pedro “The Rock” Rizzo (16-7).
Three-time All-America wrestler Mike Whitehead (20-5), of Salt Lake City, will battle Brazilian sensation Renato “Babalu” Sobral (29-7), of Costa Mesa, California. 2000 Olympic wrestling silver medalist Matt “The Law” Lindland (20-5), of Oregon City, faces Brazilian favorite Fabio “Negao” Nascimento (8-3). Former IFL® titlist “Big” Ben Rothwell (29-5), of Kenosha, Wisconsin, is scheduled to fight an opponent to be determined in this groundbreaking event.
Tickets are scheduled to go on sale May 20th at the Honda Center box office and through Ticketmaster.
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I would say this card is worth $39.95.
Still Talking With HDNet
MMAWeekly.com had HDNet CEO Andrew Simon on their radio show last night. Simon spoke about the status of HDNet and Affliction.
“We talk to everybody and I wouldn’t say that any conversation is dead yet. You just never know. You know how this sport works, one day you think you’re not working together and the next day you might announce something.”
Simon also clarified that Affliction ‘Banned’ will be held at The Pond in Anaheim and not Mark Cuban’s American Airlines Arena in Dallas because of scheduling and marketing conflicts.
“No, unless they move the date, we wouldn’t do a show on July 19 in Dallas. That’s too quick without the proper promotion there.”
While a deal with HDNet would certainly be a step forward for Affliction, its too bad this great card couldn’t be promoted on a more accessible network. The last I heard, HDNet had six million subscribers. That number becomes very small when put into perspective. Plus, all six million of those subscribers aren’t going to be MMA fans. I just don’t see HDNet giving Affliction the boost they really need to be successful.
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