Vitor Belfort vs Terry Martin

Vitor BelfortA couple weeks back we passed along news of former MMA superstar Vitor Belfort claiming he was going to be fighting for Affliction at their debut event, “Banned.” It appears he was serious because the official Affliction “Banned” website now has him listed fighting former UFC heavy-hitter Terry Martin.

The question will now become whether or not Armando Garcia and the CSAC will license him to fight. Belfort tested positive back in 2006 after competing against Dan Henderson at PRIDE 32 in Las Vegas. Belfort violated the terms of his suspension by fighting overseas before the suspension was complete. The athletic commissions will typically back each other up and the CSAC is notoriously the toughest so I can certainly see Garcia shooting him down. Affliction seems to be doing everything right though, so I would imagine they checked into this prior to booking the fight. We’ll see.

The bout is currently slated in the preliminaries and may not be broadcast. The latest Affliction: Banned fight card and event info can be found in our fight cards section.

CR: MMA On Tap

Michael D. Cohen Named Affliction Entertainment COO

This is Cohen.

The press release:

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK (June 10, 2008) – Last week at a press conference in New York City, Affliction, the premier fashion label for men who love hard rock and fast living, announced its partnership with Donald J. Trump. Today, Michael D. Cohen, Executive Vice President & Special Counsel to Mr. Trump, was named Chief Operating Officer for Affliction Entertainment.

Affliction and The Trump Organization, in association with Roy Englebrecht Events, will present their entry into the world of professional mixed-martial-arts (MMA) with its first event, “Affliction Banned,” scheduled for July 19, 2008 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

“I’m extremely honored to serve as COO for Affliction Entertainment,” Mr. Cohen said. “MMA is the fastest growing sport in the world and I’ve been a tremendous fan for years. I can assure everyone – fans watching on pay-per-view and those in attendance from all over the world – that our upcoming pay-per-view show will be the greatest MMA night ever. I’m nearly speechless knowing Mr. Trump and Affliction have the trust in me for an event that features the greatest assembly of MMA fighters for one show in MMA history. This is like having Ali, Frazier, Tyson, Holyfield and other top heavyweights all on the same boxing card. It’s unprecedented and will revolutionize the way MMA fans view this sport.”

The star-studded “Affliction Banned” will be headlined by the much-anticipated return of Russian heavyweight superstar and former undisputed PRIDE® champion Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko (27-1) in association with M-1, against former 2-time UFC® heavyweight title-holder Tim “The Maine-iac” Sylvia (24-4).

“Affliction Banned” will be distributed on Pay-Per-View and air live (9 PM/ET, 6 PM/PT) on cable and satellite 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.

Affliction is not messing around.

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