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Is Affliction Going Kamikaze to Screw with UFC 100?

(Whaddaya say, Baby Face, feel like taking a pay cut and burning some bridges?)

According to FiveOuncesofPain, Affliction is looking at holding their third event on July 11, 2009.  If you’re thinking that this date sounds familiar for some reason, congratulations, you are an astute observer!  Yeah, July 11 is when UFC 100 is.  And it’s kind of a big deal to the UFC.  So why would Affliction guarantee that their event gets counter-programmed by scheduling it on the same night as one of the biggest UFC cards ever?  Possibly because they know they’re done and want to hurt the UFC however they can on the way out.

That’s what Sam Caplan thinks, anyway.  According to his report Affliction is offering “restructured” contracts to their fighters (read: asking them to fight cheap) in the hopes of lowering overhead costs and getting the event on network TV or basic cable.  They know that no pay-per-view distributor wants to go head to head with the UFC, but if they can offer their show up for free they figure it might hurt the UFC’s PPV buys just a little, and what the hell, Affliction isn’t looking to promote any events after this one anyway.

Obviously, this sounds a little far-fetched and there’s a lot of speculation being attributed to anonymous sources here.  But the craziest part is that Tom Atencio did not deny any of it.  Maybe he’s allowing this rumor to spread as some form of misdirection to hide whatever it is he’s actually doing, or maybe the guys at Affliction have finally gone batshit crazy enough to think that this is a good idea.

Right now it’s hard to believe that they could do this even if they wanted to, because they need the fighters to agree to less money in order to fight for a promotion that is virtually guaranteeing its own demise just to mess with a competing organization.  They’d also need to find a network or cable partner willing to air a single MMA show with little hope of follow-ups.  None of that seems likely.  But if you told me that you were planning to make millions selling douchey, overpriced skull t-shirts I’d say that was unlikely too.  Joke’s on me, I guess.

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Imbecile- March 19, 2009 at 6:14 pm
Isn't Affliction saying they are going to counter-program to steal viewers from the UFC's biggest show a little like Vince from the ShamWow informercials threatening to repeat his 90 second spot over and over on the Bravo Network during the American Idol finale to steal their audience?
Anonymous- March 19, 2009 at 9:37 am
hey RYguyTHeflyguy,

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COOL!- March 19, 2009 at 8:56 am
no mma gods- March 19, 2009 at 6:40 am
Aaron- March 19, 2009 at 3:24 am
Ha Affliction blows ass. The only good fighter they have is Fedor and I still say he is overrated.
Bovice- March 19, 2009 at 2:15 am

I literally laughed out loud when I saw your first comment.
ryguyflyguy- March 19, 2009 at 12:53 am
doctor satan- March 18, 2009 at 10:36 pm
Babble- March 18, 2009 at 10:28 pm
Sorry to break it to all you UFC fan boy douchebags, but if this is indeed affliction's last event then this is bad for the sport.

Be an MMA fan not just a regular dumbass looking out to suck some Dana-Cock

maxwell- March 18, 2009 at 10:20 pm
I'm not an affliction™ fan by any means, but saying you're gonna spend money on ufc and pirate affliction is pretty much saying i love fascism.
monopolies suck, hard. they are the achilles heel of free markets. they're why mma fighters make dick compared to boxing. everyone laughed at affliction for the paycheques they gave out, but it was a step in the right direction, even if it was beyond their means. despite the fact that it's so easy to hate affliction for a lot of different reasons, they're still (rarely) putting on the best non-ufc fights there are (well, not counting the japs. but the chances of them going big in north america are slim to none). The UFC doesn't need anymore of your money, every other promoter does. MMA needs a healthy enough market for a top fighter to be able to talk shit about a corporation and not worry about being cockblocked into obscurity because of it. It's the only way fighters are going to be treated as well as other top athletes are. Compare the earnings of A-Rod/Beckham/Manning to GSP/Silva/Penn/Rampage. MMA will never go big time until this is fixed. Welcome to capitalism.
Black people...- March 18, 2009 at 10:08 pm skillz!
NateGetsIrate- March 18, 2009 at 9:06 pm
@ RYguyTHeflyguy

wow. just got home and saw that you took 20 minutes to write me a poem. what a fag!
UFC fan- March 18, 2009 at 9:00 pm
ryguyflyguy you are really COOL aren't you. decided to talk and rap instead of type ascii cocks on the screen.
rap is crap, go get an education nigga!
The Harvester- March 18, 2009 at 8:27 pm
Re: MaximumEntropy and all those that won't shut up about Fedor

I am sorry but people are starting to care less and less about Fedor beating washed up Ex UFC fighters.

Even if he is the best I don't care and most people don't either (or shouldn't) until he fights CURRENT #1 contenders. Its time for Fedor to quit hiding in the minor leagues of MMA and make the jump to the Bigs.

Honestly what are they going to do once Fedor beats Barnett? Who are you gonna give him. That company cannot sell competively with the UFC unless Fedor is on the card and they are running out of heavyweights to put against him. Maybe UFC will make some cuts in their HW division soon, and Affliction can pick them up and sell them as "worthy" opponents. Or even better they give Arvloski the re-match he so readily deserves, haha laughable.

I ordered the first Affliction PPV because I had never seen Fedor fight live and was influenced by all the talk about him being so amazing. The production value was terrible: lighting, sound, anouncing, they made Elite XC look like it was being produced by Jerry Buckheimer.

I would rather watch any of UFC's current title holders over Fedor anyday. I think people who want to be seen as really "deep" or a "true fan" of MMA keep slurping Fedor and bash UFC so they can be seen as not being influenced by big time promotions. You are not a bigger/better football fan if you watch NFL Europe.

Fedor and Affliction need to step up or step out.
MaximumEntropy- March 18, 2009 at 7:41 pm
Damn did I stumble upon a Dana White dick-sucking party.

1st: Affliction going against UFC on a network or non-ppv show while UFC is on a PPV=IT WILL HURT THE UFC

2nd: Fedor>UFC 100 (Lesnar, Mir, GSP, Coleman)

3rd: In this Economy Free>PPV

4th: Affliction on a network TV=Finally Affliction competing with the UFC. you see going against UFC's biggest show is not that stupid. It's genius and could reap great rewards for the Afflicted "t-shirt guys".
Beyond Sedated- March 18, 2009 at 7:19 pm
UFC > Affliction
T Rex- March 18, 2009 at 7:12 pm
I wonder if sometimes Tom Atencio just takes out a gun and starts to shoot his foot, again, again, and again.

I'm certain now he doesn't actually have feet. But stumps with shoes on them, so no one can tell.
The juice- March 18, 2009 at 6:27 pm
I musta murdered a puppy in my past life, cause this aint fair.
i feel like matt hughes in my last fight with st. Pierre.
starin up at the lights then face down on the mat.
in between the screams you can almost hear his arm snap.
Michael W.- March 18, 2009 at 6:21 pm
This is great news...with the retard from "What's eating Gilbert Grape" running things, we can watch the Tito saga transfer over to Strikeforce. He can challenge Bobby Southworth to see who is the best LHW of the night. Or Tito might push for a fight with Kim Couture, or as he would put it "the fight everyone wants to see."
Anonymous- March 18, 2009 at 5:58 pm
Itd be a shame to see affliction fall apart.
Aaron- March 18, 2009 at 5:25 pm
"Is Affliction Going Kamikaze to Screw with UFC 100?"

Wasn't that pretty much all they've been doing since day 1?
ryguyflyguy- March 18, 2009 at 5:24 pm
mmmmm donkey balllssss uuhhh ** starts drooling**
Anonymous- March 18, 2009 at 5:21 pm
@ NateGetsIrate

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MikeSEEE- March 18, 2009 at 4:56 pm
Put Tito Ortiz on that card and watch the dedicated Tito fans totally forget about the 49.99$ UFC event... Fedor vs. Barnett.. Ortiz vs. Babalu for Free would be Amazing
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@ NateGetsIrate

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