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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.