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Affliction Is Signing Deals, Selling Tickets


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Yesterday’s Affliction press conference in Los Angeles had plenty of big news and no small amount of overpriced t- shirts, but perhaps most interesting was the official announcement that the undercard of the July 19 event will air live on Fox Sports Net, as previously rumored.

FSN Executive VP George Greenberg was on hand to announce the deal, as well as the old-news bouts featuring Paul Buentello vs. Aleksander Emelianenko and Savant Young vs. Mark Hominick. The Young-Hominick bout has great potential, particularly now that Young’s star is on the rise following his victory over Takeshi Inoue in Shooto earlier this month.

Honda Center President and CEO Tim Ryan was also on hand to announce that the event had already sold $250,000 in tickets during the first half-hour of public sales, and added that he expected it to sell out before all is said and done. No word yet on just how many tickets they sold to reach the quarter of a million mark, but these are all encouraging early signs for Affliction.

In case you’re wondering whether the rumored Arlovski-Rothwell bout was announced, it wasn’t. Not yet anyway. Could the UFC still be negotiating to keep Arlovski? We’ll have to wait and see, but Cage Potato will be at the Trump Tower for tomorrow morning’s press conference to see what we can find out. Will we come back with a sick new Affliction t-shirt that accentuates our tribal arm-band tattoos? Again, wait and see.

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Erisian23- May 20, 2008 at 11:50 pm
Damn, stop all the hating, haters. Anyone who wants to try to bring me some interesting fights has my appreciation - and I don't care if they also sell pink and white Hello Kitty merch, low rent Korean-made MP3 players, or art fag t-shirts only a gold diggin' ho could love. I especially don't care how badly they overprice the tickets since there are only two good views of a fight - from the fighters' POV or from the camera crew's angles. Everywhere else always has some number of fools blocking my damn view.

Besides, anyone who wants to pay $100 to stare up at a Jumptron is just helping to support a venue that wants to bring me more fights. The world needs more fights in it, not less - and Affliction is bringing us more. I wish them all the best.
Bober breath- May 20, 2008 at 8:45 pm
They better have a FANTASTIC fucking exciting show to be asking $100 for tippy top BULLSHIT seats. I don't know if right out the gate you want to charge UFC prices when YOU AIN"T THE UFC. Fedor better rip Tim's head from his shoulders because you know a crowd full of Affliciton (CLOTHING) fans will be booing at the first chance they get.
Bober breath- May 20, 2008 at 8:44 pm
They better have a FANTASTIC fucking exciting show to be asking $100 for tippy top BULLSHIT seats. I don't know if right out the gate you want to charge UFC prices when YOU AIN"T THE UFC. Fedor better rip Tim's heaad from his shoulders because you know a crowd full of Affliciton (CLOTHING) fans will be booing at the first chance they get.
basic math- May 20, 2008 at 6:29 pm
$250K in tickets isn't even slightly impressive. The average ticket price is about $500, 250K at that price is about 500 tickets sold in a 17,000 seat arena. That's about IFL level interest.
Turd Ferguson- May 20, 2008 at 6:06 pm
Hmmmm, only fighers and Double D-bags wear affliction gear. Then again, only d-bags and fighters can afford them. There is no way in hell I'm paying 60 bucks for a shiny t shirt!

I know they won't make any money this first time around... they are putting way too much out and with this kind of money spending they will be done in a year.
Luke- May 20, 2008 at 4:56 pm
5. They sold 5 tickets to hit the $250k mark.
POOKYSDABOMB- May 20, 2008 at 4:45 pm
I HOPE THAT YOUR ARM BAND GOES ALL THE WAY AROUND! I HATE IT WHEN THOSE PUSSY'S DONT GET THE UNDER PART OF THEIR ARM DONE CAUSE THEY THINK IT HURTS!
ksgbobo- May 20, 2008 at 4:39 pm
Im happy that they will be showing the fight on FSN so I can watch it...Im stoked!
Toner Breath- May 20, 2008 at 3:43 pm
Went on the presale last week to buy tix to this event..... 100 dollars for nose bleeds. If you wanted SEMI decent seats you have to pay 200 bucks per seat, so I passed.

Overpriced seats and overpriced poser T-Shirts... but a great card. I give it 3 events before they fold.
Aryan- May 20, 2008 at 3:18 pm
Affliction is broke... go their site and try to find something thats actually in stock..This is a big risk they're taking
Vrax- May 20, 2008 at 3:05 pm
You're thinking of things in the wrong order. You GET a tattoo to accentuate your Affliction Shirt, not the other way around! I mean those shirts are an Investment!
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