With all the negative press Affliction is receiving these days thanks to their president, Todd Beard, we were starting to wonder what, if anything, is going on with their big pay-per-event that is supposedly scheduled for Jan. 24. Well, at least according to the subdued member of Affliction’s management team, Tom Atencio, an announcement is supposed to be made on Monday.
And what will be announced you might ask. Well, if you remember, the event’s official website had a Showtime PPV logo on it (see image above), so it really shouldn’t be a surprise that Affliction has signed a deal with Showtime, working alongside Golden Boy, to produce and distribute the pay-per-view event. From SI.com’s Josh Gross.
The premium cable network, in conjunction with Golden Boy Promotions, will distribute and produce Affliction’s Jan. 24 pay-per-view card topped by a five-round fight between WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko and former UFC titleholder Andrei Arlovski.
Official announcement will come Monday, confirmed Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio.
While nothing was mentioned in the article, since Showtime and HDNet are Affliction’s broadcast partners for this event, does that mean we might see Stephen Quadros and Mauro Ranallo reunite with Bas Rutten at the broadcast table? Ranallo and Quadros are contracted to Showtime while Bas works for HDNet, so chances are if they are working the event it will be separately, but it would be a pretty cool throwback for PRIDE fans if it did happen, well, assuming you don’t hate Mauro’s guts. Even if you do, you at least have to admit it would be an improvement over Glazer and Trigg.
The Showtime deal wasn’t the only news Atencio had for Gross. He also confirmed a few undercard match-ups.
- Matt Lindland vs. Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral
- Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Vladimir Matyushenko (HDNet headliner)
- Kiril Sidelnikov vs. Paul Buentello
- Vitor Belfort vs. TBA (Gegard Mousasi appears unlikely)
Solid match-ups. As you may remember, I’ve mentioned Kiril Sidelnikov before. His nick name is “Baby Fedor” since he’s essentially Fedor Emelianenko’s protege, plus the kid’s really good, although unlike Fedor, he does have legitimate losses on his record. Pitting him against Buentello should be a great test for the young Russian. If it’s your first time hearing his name, check out this video of him trading bombs with the monstrous Martin Szoltysik. Trust me it’s worth three minutes of your time.
As for Affliction’s partnerships with Showtime and Golden Boy, it will definitely be interesting to see if they remain intact now that everyone is learning Affliction’s president is a convicted felon, especially one who did time for fraud.
The latest Affliction II: Day of Reckoning fight card and event info can be found in our fight cards section.