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Affliction Got Problems; ‘Golden Boy’ Out the Game

(As a rabid Dallas Mavericks fan, Fedor’s going to be very, very disappointed.)

Affliction’s first MMA show — previously slated to be held July 19th in Dallas, featuring the fight between Fedor Emelianenko and Tim Sylvia — has hit a major speed-bump, as it has reportedly lost its venue as well as a TV deal. FiveOuncesofPain bears the bad news that an agreement between Affliction and HDNet has fallen through, and Affliction was not able to book the American Airlines Arena as the venue for its debut card; according to Randy Couture on Saturday night’s installment of Rear Naked Radio, the event could instead be held at The Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. Perhaps more important than the venue change, Affliction’s up-in-smoke relationship with HDNet means they’ll have to find another TV broadcast partner. It was rumored that HDNet was going to televise several matches from the undercard on July 19th to drive buys for a live pay-per-view telecast, then air the tape-delayed main card a week later.

The failed deal follows a previous botched partnership between Affliction and Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. At a recent press conference, De La Hoya shed some light on why his promotion company stepped back from Affliction’s upstart MMA league:

“We decided that we are going to focus all our energies on promoting boxing. Boxing is the game that we have to focus on because there’s so much room for growth and the potential is enormous. We definitely want to capitalize on that and have all our focus and energy be on taking boxing to another level…MMA is going through some very rough patches and transition issues…recently two companies that are public had FCC filings that raised doubt about their ability to continue [ed. note: Referring to the IFL and EliteXC]. We want to see what’s going to happen with the sport. Maybe we will enter the MMA business to diversify in the future.”

Fine, Oscar — don’t be a pioneer.

In an unrelated (but also crappy) development, FiveOunces reports that EliteXC has banned its fighters from wearing Affliction clothing during cage entrances; the UFC put the kibosh on Affliction back in January. No word yet on whether EliteXC’s decision was made to prevent their fighters from promoting a competing MMA league, or because Affliction’s t-shirts offend Gary Shaw’s finely-tuned sense of style.

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golden boy should become golden showers- May 4, 2008 at 10:52 pm
Boxing is lame, all the boxers talkin shit just know they'd never cut it in a cage, jus a bunch of bitches thinking they're hot shit.
Fedor blows, thank god I don't have to see him beat up some other asian can or useless grappler, a la cro cop. Timmah is waay better then the Fed, prolly why Fedders don't fight no more, he's jus to bitch. Go back to riding around your bicycle with no seat, fucking soviet faggot.
C-Bus Allstar- May 4, 2008 at 5:43 pm

It's like all the Pro-Boxing nuts are thinking the same thing.. "Oh let's just ignore MMA and if we don't acknowledge it's existance, maybe it'll go away and we can get back to ripping people off for shitty fights on pay-per-view."

And if that doesn't work it's usually this.. "Let's bash MMA and denounce it's name and all it stands for until it goes away. Let's just keep talking trash about it and speaking bullshit about how they're ""Getting Desperate"" and how they've ""Reached a plateau as far as marketability goes""... Maybe then everyone in the MMA world will just... cease to exist and we can go back to assraping people for shitty fights on pay-per-view."

And then there is old faithful: "MMA IS HUMAN COCKFIGHTING! Their athletes aren't professionals, they're brawlers and barfighters!"

Pro-Boxing people all seem SCARED.. like.. HORRIBLY FRIGHTENED that all of a sudden Boxing is going to disappear and MMA is gonna take it's place. Personally I say ship em a box of Kleenex, the Reign of the Boxing champ is OVER motherfuckers. It's just like Joe Rogan said, Boxing is only 1 aspect of unarmed-combat, MMA IS unarmed-combat.
Magicmatt- May 4, 2008 at 5:25 pm
Boxing is the game that we have to focus on because there’s so much room for growth and the potential is enormous.

Is this dude serious?
Kim Couture is a cunt- May 4, 2008 at 3:11 pm
See, the grass on the other side isn't always greener. I would hate tpo have in the back of my mind that the fight I'm training my ass off for might not happen. In the UFC you know its good to go......
No1Dad- May 4, 2008 at 2:29 pm
Fedor just seems cursed. Anything he signs his name to turns to shit.
Old, Bald and Irish- May 4, 2008 at 1:55 pm
I gotta admit that the deal with HDNet sounded fishy from the beginning. I mean, what's the deal? If you don't have a hi-def TV orhi-def cable/satellite, you don't get the channel. WTF? If that's the case, why not just sell it on the internet.

I really don't see why so many channels are gunshy to airing MMA events. Somebody like Shotime or Versus should jump in and strike a deal. At the least, have it available for a cheap pay per view.

The more I think about the Sylvia/Fedor match up, the more I wanna see it. I'm no fan of the Maine-iac, but his record speaks for itself. Also, I think that this is a match that will clear up the justified accusations that Fedor hasn't fought anyone "world league" in quite a while.

And another thing....

....where can I get that shirt Fedor is wearing?
Binkley- May 4, 2008 at 1:20 pm
In other news.... Oscar De La Hoya also pursuing the "enormous potential" of the printing press, and Pong.
Joe Son- May 4, 2008 at 1:06 pm
That is a noteworthy accomplishment. I just can't see, if you are somehow making money in MMA by selling overpriced t-shirts...why would you not just ride that pony until it dies? Why piss money away trying to start a promotion?
NealTaflinger- May 4, 2008 at 1:01 pm
Affliction is savvy - they figured out how to burn money by expanding outside of their area of expertise and destroyed their primary means of marketing at the same time.