The Affliction marketing machine is in full effect, even going so far as to quote UFC President Dana White on a recent promotional poster (see below). Also, isn’t it funny that a huge MMA poster is sitting in New York’s Time Square, yet it is illegal to hold a MMA event in the state…gotta love capitalism.
â€œAffliction Bannedâ€, the greatest MMA event ever staged, hit New York Cityâ€™s Times Square last week, as the faces of ten of the sports biggest stars, including Fedor â€œThe Last Emperorâ€ Emelianenko (27-1) and his opponent Tim â€œThe Maine-iacâ€ Sylvia (24-4), filled a billboard along Broadway. All will appear on the July 19th event at Honda Center in Anaheim, California, and distributed live on Pay-Per-View.
â€œConsidering the magnitude of this fight, and the partnership between Affliction and Donald Trump, it seemed only fitting that the huge talent pool on the â€˜Affliction Bannedâ€™ show should be seen by millions in New Yorkâ€™s Times Square,â€ said Tom Atencio, Vice President, Affliction. â€œYou know itâ€™s a big show when you have a billboard on Broadway.â€
â€œAffliction Banned,â€ presented by Affliction Entertainment, is so stacked with talent that it had to be separated into two live shows produced for broadcast. The nightâ€™s activities will kick off with a one-hour, free live telecast on FSN (Fox Sports Net) in the United States and on The Fight Network in Canada starting at 5 PM Pacific (8 PM/ET), dubbed â€œAffliction Live.â€ Following that is â€œAffliction Bannedâ€ â€” five incredible fights on pay-per-view starting at 6 PM/PT (9 PM/ET) via iN DEMAND, TVN, Shaw Communications, Viewers Choice Canada, DirecTV, DISH Network, Bell ExpressVue and Star Choice in the United States and Canada for a suggested retail price of $39.95.
Tickets for â€œAffliction Bannedâ€ range between $50.00 and $1,000.00, and are on sale at the Honda Center Box Office and also online at Ticketmaster.com.