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Affliction Loses Hominick, Defends Yvel as DoR Draws Near


(Running around shirtless like that, it’s no wonder he got sick.  A little chicken soup will fix you right up, Mark.)

Affliction’s second event has hit its first real snag as the organization revealed that Mark Hominick has come down with pneumonia and has been forced to pull out of his bout with former IFL fighter L.C. Davis.  Affliction is looking for a replacement for Hominick and hoping that they won’t have to scratch the bout altogether.  Fans of brutal head kick knockouts should remember Davis for this little beauty (skip to 12:22, and have your ‘holy shit’ face ready), and it’d be a real shame if he ends up with no one to fight.

In other Affliction news, Tom Atencio has been hitting the media circuit hard lately.  He spoke with USA Today about the many questions surrounding “Day of Reckoning” and disputed rumors of poor ticket sales, and also responded to the backlash against Gilbert Yvel ever since it was announced that he’d take on Josh Barnett in the evening’s penultimate bout.  On the subject of Yvel’s penchant for illegal and downright despicable acts in the ring, Atencio called for leniency:

Those are in the past. It’s been four years since he’s had any problems, yet people still want to bring that up. Yeah, did he do things wrong? Yes he did. Did he pay for them? Yes he did. We sat in front of the California athletic commission and they approved him to go forward in the process. So I think that’s just it. I think it needs to be dropped. He has a chance to prove himself and if he comes out and fights and he puts on a good show — which I think he will; I know he will — then let’s just leave it alone.

After the jump, Atencio appears on Inside MMA and assures everyone that things are going juuuuuust fine.



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Anonymous- January 13, 2009 at 8:59 pm
Everyone has missed the point...I want to see Affliction, Strikeforce and alot of organizations outside of the UFC succeed. But I am being realistic, if Affliction is going to succeed they have to really be smart with their money and strategy in this really shitty economy. I live in New York city and they had that Barnett (who is one of my favorite fighters) versus Arlovski billboard on broadway way after that fight was called off. Meanwhile they are postponing cards and letting Golden Boy who they are supposed to be partners with hold a major boxing event on the same night and a stones throw away from their "Day of Reckoning" venue. That is not going to cut it. They have a shitload of investors that have the "Fuck You Pay Me" mentality waiting for their cut. Alot of people who have tried to battle the UFC have not been ready to invest the time and revenue fully in the sport. They treat it like they are investing in a hedgefund, sorry but they have to be in it to win it, really in it not half ass!!!!!!!!

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Anonymous- January 13, 2009 at 8:51 pm
Everyone has missed the point...I want to see Affliction, Strikeforce and alot of organizations outside of the UFC succeed. But I am being realistic, if Affliction is going to succeed they have to really be smart with their money and strategy in this really shitty economy. I live in New York city and they had that Barnett (who is one of my favorite fighters) versus Barnett billboard on broadway way after that fight was called off. Meanwhile they are postponing cards and letting Golden Boy who they are supposed to be partners with hold a major boxing event on the same night and a stones throw away from their "Day of Reckoning" venue. That is not going to cut it. They have a shitload of investors that have the "Fuck You Pay Me" mentality waiting for their cut. Alot of people who have tried to battle the UFC have not been ready to invest the time and revenue fully in the sport. They treat it like they are investing in a hedgefund, sorry but they have to be in it to win it, really in it not half ass!!!!!!!!
Tra Telligman's Pec- January 13, 2009 at 7:59 am
Bas Rutten and that other host are just horrible, the awkward laughing by the guests is just because they are being polite.....
SocraticMethod- January 13, 2009 at 6:50 am
"Affliction’s second event has hit its FIRST real snag as the organization revealed that Mark Hominick has come down with pneumonia and has been forced to pull out of his bout with former IFL fighter L.C. Davis."

This is the event that was supposed to feature AA vs. Fedor in October, right? Then Fedor's hand injury forced him out so it was supposed to be AA vs. Josh? Then the whole event was scrapped for October because they weren't selling any tickets?

And Mark Hominick's illness is the first real snag?
Tyler- January 13, 2009 at 5:48 am
@ jdavis "Why do people want to see Affliction fail." because people are fucking stupid!
They think they're part of the UFC and that all competition has to fail.
They also think Dana White is a cool motherfucker and believe all the bullshit he says.
jdavis- January 13, 2009 at 1:44 am
"Why do people want to see Affliction fail? I've never heard a good reason why people are hating on them."

I don't want to see them fail I am just getting tired of the slow motion train wreck. While they may be the Q-tip of press conferences they are the Mr Magoo of MMA promotion.
Anonymous- January 12, 2009 at 10:21 pm
Don't diss affliction, everyone is, for no good reason (apart from the disgusting shirts and a silly looking promoter).
Goog- January 12, 2009 at 6:57 pm
I kinda liken it to the Brock Lesnar situation. All the other guys put years of blood, sweat, and tears into the sport with numerous fights and records. Brock Lesnar shows up one day out of the blue and is force fed to the fans and fighters as an instant sensation. I kinda think the attitude is he didn't earn anything. He had two fights and got a title shot. [Turns out he's good]

Affliction comes on to the scene with no history in the sport outside apparel, not a really deep talent pool at first, and put on ONE pay per view and all of a sudden MMA fans are supposed to put them on par with the UFC? I don't see how that could happen.

Personally, I like Brock Lesnar alot. I'll even give Affliction a shot. Let's be honest... this card is stacked. But they're gonna have to put on more than one good show per year, throw some money at a serious advertising effort, and show the fans it's something not to be missed. Right now, the perception is they don't have their act together and it's anyone's guess whether or not the event will even happen or stick to one date. It's looked desperate throughout 2008 like "Hold on... hold on... we can assemble something worth $40. Hold on..."

I think they have some great fighters on the roster right now, this card looks great, and I hope they make it go. And not so they can stick it to the UFC... the UFC is awesome. But the UFC is such a polished product and Affliction [dumb name, by the way] has a long way to go before they're close in comparison. And it's gonna be a tall order to match this card on their next PPV if they have one. They're using a lot of the big guns here.

I say good luck to them and I'm a bigger UFC fan till I get pulled away. But go for it.
yay january!! yay UFC!! yay Affliction!!- January 12, 2009 at 6:13 pm
i agree with above ^^^ if one event is so important, what about when the UFC lost millions every year? They turned it around and are the goal for every other MMA promotion ever. Hmm...casino owners with LOTS of millions. Clothing Company with LOTS of millions. If u dont wish Affliction would take place, u are obviously not a true fan and are obviously a newb tool. Snore fest? which match? tell us please. Who doesnt want to see fedor/arlovski? Barnet/Yvel, just for the offchance of Yvel gettin a DQ for illegal decapitation or taint punch. it goes on and on
Old, Bald and Irish- January 12, 2009 at 5:59 pm
OOOOOOOH!

My "Holy Shit!" face is ON!

That is one bad ass kick to the kisser! NICE!

@ rh

Quite the contrary, people want Affliction to succeed and it pains them (myself included) to see them take both barrels and aim them squarely at their feet.

Once again, another sad example of potential gone to waste.
Anonymous- January 12, 2009 at 5:30 pm
Affliction has great cards but lets be honest unless you are willing to make a hardcore fiscal investment in the sport and ready to take large initial losses then you are wasting your time. The UFC was bleeding money until "The Ultimate Fighter" and they are making money now because they have a steady flow of fights during a year. Affliction has too many chiefs and not enough indians, Michael Cohen saying they are going to be the Q-Tip of MMA he is smoking that peace pipe. Having a show a year is going to get them nowhere.
Acrocerid- January 12, 2009 at 4:53 pm
Damn, Atencio is really annoying. What's with those earings? Take a page out of Dana's book here... promoters should have minimal cranium accessories.
greenseed- January 12, 2009 at 4:34 pm
was that before or after drinking all the lysol

but ya wise words... i think
rh- January 12, 2009 at 4:34 pm
Why do people want to see Affliction fail? I've never heard a good reason why people are hating on them.

rh
Goog- January 12, 2009 at 4:33 pm
The dumbass commentator says at the 3:45 mark that another guy he "CAN'T WAIT" to see fight again is Chris "Horo-deski".

Apparently he's such a big fan he's on the verge of almost learning his name.
Lysol- January 12, 2009 at 4:12 pm
A wise man once said to me that the most fatal errors are always made with the assumption that everything will turn out fine.
FatBastard- January 12, 2009 at 3:53 pm
It's a shame that Affliction seems to be making so many mistakes.
It would be nice to have cards like this more often.
I like to see the good non-UFC fighters every so often.
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