A look back at the rise and fall of the short lived fight promotion Affliction MMA.
Not long after the cancellation of Affliction “Trilogy”, Affliction has decided to get out of the fight game and once again partner with UFC as an official sponsor.
Later on Friday, Affliction opted to get out of the promoting business and, in a joint statement with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, announced it would become a sponsor of the UFC. The fate of the fighters under contract with Affliction is not known yet.
With UFC 100 reportedly pulling in over 1.5 million PPV buys, it’s not hard to see why Affliction decided to rip and run. Hopefully the fighters training for Affliction “Trilogy” had something in their contracts, guaranteeing some kind of payday. Also, what is next for Fedor? The only promotion that can afford him is the UFC.
The highly anticipated fight between Fedor Emelianenko and Josh Barnett at the Affliction Trilogy MMA show has been cancelled. The mega fight was scheduled to take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim on August 1st. The unforeseen license denial of Josh Barnett gave Affliction limited time to find a replacement and adequately promote the new main event.
“Finding an opponent for the number one ranked MMA heavy weight champion in such a short period of time was a huge endeavor and I’m thrilled at the amount of fighters willing to take on this challenge,” said Tom Atencio, vice president of Affliction Entertainment. “But in the end, we just didn’t have enough time to promote a new fight to our standards.”
Affliction is deeply disappointed that the under card is also cancelled through no fault of its own. Affliction stands behind the company’s brands and delivers premium products to the most passionate and loyal customers. Affliction’s first priority is to ensure that all future events live up to the company’s high standards.
Ticket holders for the canceled event should contact Ticketmaster or ticketmaster.com for a refund.