How about both?
I honestly don’t think I can recall a statement Affliction COO Michael D. Cohen’s ever made that wasn’t immediately contradicted by Tom Atencio, but this time, it doesn’t even look like we need to wait for Atencio to chime in.
In an attempt to find out if Affliction was in fact considering counter-programming UFC 100, Versus.com’s Ariel Helwani spoke to Cohen, and while his initial answer was seemingly yes.
“Right now, nothing is signed. We are exploring several different dates including that July 11th date. There’s so much that has to go into deciding what date that third event is going to take place on.” [Ed. note: emphasis added]
His second answer was more of a no.
“I don’t think we are ever looking to go up against the UFC or anyone for that matter. We are certainly not looking to share the viewers or the audience that is our there.
“We would like a date to ourselves because, at the end of the day, we want the greatest number of people to be watching.”
Yeah, thanks for the clarification Cohen.
Cohen went on to proclaim that “Day of Reckoning” did “somewhere in the neighborhood 200,000 pay-per-view buys,” and that any rumors of Affliction’s third show being it’s final one were “absolutely untrue.” Also, while he wouldn’t confirm that Affliction was indeed asking fighters to take a cut in pay, he did allude to that being the case.
Problem is, can you believe anything he says?
I’ll put it like this, if Cohen told me the grass was green and the sky was blue, I’d probably take a walk outside just to make sure he wasn’t BS’ing me.