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Affliction Shit-Show Update: Fighters to Be Compensated, Affliction to Be a UFC Sponsor Again?

(Whaddaya say, best buds again?)

So after this morning’s news that Affliction: Trilogy was being canceled altogether you might be asking, ‘Sup Affliction?  You going to promote any more shows ever?  You going to give any money to those fighters you just screwed?  And what does this do to your relationship with Strikeforce and the UFC?  Judging by recent developments, Affliction’s answer to all those questions would probably be, ‘Shit, man, I don’t know.  Can you just take me home?’

Basically, it’s a mess right now.  The stories are coming in from all sides and some of them are changing by the hour.  Allow us to try and make sense of it:

- First Yahoo’s Kevin Iole reported that an Affliction attorney had flown to Las Vegas a few days after UFC 100 (and presumably before the Josh Barnett steroid fiasco) and offered to fold up shop if the UFC would let Affliction sponsor fighters at events once again.  To this, Dana White is said to have replied:

‘I hope you idiots stay in business,’ ” White said. “We had a record year in 2007. We had a record year in 2008. And we’re going to have an even bigger record year in 2009. I said, ‘I hope you … stay around in 2010 and burn every dollar you have.’ What they do is of no concern to me.”

- Then Iole completely deleted that from his story and replaced it with this:

Later on Friday, Affliction opted to get out of the promoting business and, in a joint statement with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, announced it would become a sponsor of the UFC. The fate of the fighters under contract with Affliction is not known yet.

So one thing happened, and then the complete opposite thing happened.  Iole reported them both, without so much as acknowledging the conflict.  Also, no joint statement has actually been made at this time, but one is expected shortly.

Long story short, Affliction and the UFC had themselves a quarrel and, like so many Roman civil wars, they’ve agreed to be friends and brothers again as if the whole thing never happened.  But that’s not all.

- As previously noted, fighters were personally informed by Tom Atencio that the fight was off, but he supposedly promised to give them “something” for their trouble.  All we know at this point is, if that something turns out to be back rubs there’s going to be trouble.

- As for where those fighters might actually be able to make some money with their fists now that Affliction is gone, some of them seem headed for M-1 Global’s August 28 event in L.A., and at least one or two will probably help fill out Strikeforce’s August 15 card.  Sounding like an obstinate high school student, Gegard Mousasi said, “Fuck it…Maybe I’ll go to the UFC.”  That’s the spirit.

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glenwo2- July 26, 2009 at 12:25 am
"partial" arts?? LMAO!!!

I think that's what Brock thinks of Mir's MMA Prowess.....
UFC fan- July 25, 2009 at 7:37 pm
"NateGetsIrate Says:
Fedor,has retired from the sport of mixed partial arts."

uh huh, yep......word.
Hey Freud your slip is showing!
UFC fan- July 25, 2009 at 7:32 pm
"AussieMMA Says:
Fri, 07/24/2009 - 16:14

@hows tastes my p...

go back to the WWE forum faggot"

hey hater, here's how it hated on the UFC cause you are a stepped up bleeding pussy sonofabitch, "how tastes my p..." told you the truth.."Fck u AussieMMA...That's all i gotta say".
All you got is some lame ass statement about the WWE. You must be an uneducated nigger or something, we are talking ASSfliction and UFC here not that gay ass fake shit you watch so if you wanna come back with something try something that is to the point next time, until then your dumbass got owned.
Bovice- July 25, 2009 at 2:56 pm
@Dana White

...Are you kidding me? So, Bisping gettting KTFO, GSP totally DOMINATING Alves for five rounds, Lesnar pounding the face of Mir was for tools?

You really are a fucking moron.

PS I watch neither Nascar nor WWE, you dumb fucking faggot.

Dana White- July 25, 2009 at 11:22 am
@Bovice UFC 100 was for tools go back to watching fucking WWE and Nascar Bovice.
Kimbos Bread- July 25, 2009 at 9:29 am
All I want is a Cro Cop vs Mousasi fight.
meanfinger- July 25, 2009 at 8:24 am
you guys think affliction is gay.. how many generic / queer lookin tap out shirts have you seen?
meanfinger- July 25, 2009 at 8:21 am
i wonder how many of you keyboard hacks actually even touched an affliction shirt. probably pretty hard to see them if your only able to visit your local wal mart..
Bovice- July 25, 2009 at 12:55 am
@Dana White

Did you not see UFC 100? You're a fucking idiot.
Dana White- July 25, 2009 at 12:08 am
Now that Affliction is gone now we get less MMA fights and more shitty UFC fights and Dream is trash. StrikeForce is the only good thing out there now.
Mike Milbury- July 24, 2009 at 9:06 pm
@Dmonicideals: Affliction is apparently a UFC sponsor again, which means more ugly walkout shirts. That's all anyone knows.
Dmonicideals- July 24, 2009 at 8:57 pm
I am so confused right now. WTF is going on?
Mike Milbury- July 24, 2009 at 8:46 pm
@Horror Fighter: Talk about insult to injury: No money and a douchebag tee for all their hard work.
Perma- July 24, 2009 at 8:03 pm
So after Brock bend's Fedor over and makes his bitch, are we finally going to see the dream matchup of Couture-Fedor before Randy is 50?
ifyernasty- July 24, 2009 at 7:47 pm
First the Fedor fight fizzles, then Tito is back AND Affliction goes home with its tale between its legs in one week? Dana is having a fucking waking wet dream.
Horror Fighter- July 24, 2009 at 6:47 pm
Tom Atencio "supposedly promised to give them 'something' for their trouble."

So what size T-shirt do you buys wear?
Bovice- July 24, 2009 at 6:08 pm
Good, fuck Affliction. Hopefully they've lost enough money to never make faggoty looking t-shirts ever again.

CanadianGreaser- July 24, 2009 at 6:04 pm
They had a horrible business model.
Wyatt- July 24, 2009 at 5:53 pm
This is making me dizzy and angry...
Bare Grappler- July 24, 2009 at 5:14 pm
Dana obliged to take Affliction back if he could do one thing....

Please step forward if you are fighting on saturday night..... not so fast mother fuckers! Now what do you think you'll get negotiating with me now?!!
Swedish- July 24, 2009 at 4:52 pm
@HARJO - Hieron? Really? really?

Next an idiot like you are going to mention Babalu. Did you smoke so much pot/crack that you lost you memory and mind?

Hieron was booted from the UFC because he's a b-level fighter. He belongs at Strikeforce if anything.

Stop making me laugh now.
Payday- July 24, 2009 at 4:43 pm
Can this fucking site load any slower lately? WTF!
hows taste my pee pee- July 24, 2009 at 4:42 pm
@AussieMMA...go put your gay Affliction shirt back on and snap one off to Atencio's fight video.
HARJO- July 24, 2009 at 4:38 pm
Might make for an easier road for Fedor & the UFC to meet in the middle... Not to mention Mousasi, Hieron and others.
Swedish- July 24, 2009 at 4:29 pm
This is the happiest day in my life! The idiot T-Shirt guys are finally out of business and they can stop with their idiotic WAMMA business.

The best fighters belong in the UFC. Affliction had maybe 1-3 guys that can actually hang.

I'd like to see how Fedor does against a guy like A. Hardonk