Rumors are swirling that Affliction is looking to get out of the MMA promotion business after a third show. First, the rumor that Affliction VP Tom Atencio spilled the beans today on the Tom Leykis radio show [see below].
Tom Atencio VP of Affliction MMA on the Tom Leykis Show:
“The third show will be it. We dived into the MMA business for a reason. To put on good fights. We have done nothing but that. The third show will be it for us. We are taking a break.”
Michael Rome followed up that Affliction might be looking to the UFC to bail them out.
Michael Rome on BloodyElbow:
I learned in the last hour from someone high up at the UFC that Lorenzo Fertitta was contacted today by Affliction looking for a “beneficial” way out. Realistically, they want back in the Octagon.
I just got this press release in my inbox.
Stay tune to CageToday.com, we will report the latest on Affliction as Tom Atencio appears on tonight’s HSR.
Tom Atencio denies all rumors of Affliction closing its doors. He denies even appearing on the Tom Leykis Show or talking with the UFC.
“Things are moving forward”
“As long as people are talking about me I must be doing something right” said Atencio
Total disclosed fighter payroll for Affliction “Day of Reckoning”:
MAIN CARD FIGHTERS
Fedor Emelianenko $300,000 (no win bonus) def. Andre Arlovski $1,500,000 (win bonus would have been $250,000)
Josh Barnett $500,000 (no win bonus) def. Gilbert Yvel $30,000 (win bonus would have been $9,300)
Vitor Belfort $200,000 (includes $80,000 win bonus) def. Matt Lindland $225,000 (win bonus would have been $75,000)
Renato “Babalu” Sobral $90,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus) def. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou $50,000 (win bonus would have been $50,000)
Paul Buentello $90,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus) def. Kiril Sidelnikov $10,000 (win bonus would have been $25,000)
Dan Lauzon $12,000 (no win bonus) def. Bobby Green $4,000 (win bonus would have been $4,000)
PRELIMINARY CARD FIGHTERS
Jay Hieron $45,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus) def. Jason High $10,000 (win bonus would have been $5,000)
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira $150,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus) def. Vladimir Matyushenko $50,000 (win bonus would have been $30,000)
L.C. Davis $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus) def. Bao Quach $7,000 (win bonus would have been $6,000)
Albert Rios $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Antonio Duarte $3,000 (win bonus would have been $2,000)
Brett Cooper $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Patrick Speight $2,000 (win bonus would have been $3,000)
AFFLICTION “DAY OF RECKONING” Total: $3,308,000