(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.