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Affliction Signs Horodecki, Announces Nelson-Buentello, But Where’s Tito Ortiz?

(That’s the kind of youthful exuberance Affliction needs!)

Today’s Affliction press conference managed to temporarily steal some of the media spotlight away from UFC 87, as the organization announced that they had signed former IFL lightweight Chris Horodecki, and revealed a planned bout between IFL heavyweight champ Roy “Big Country” Nelson and Paul Buentello at their next in event in Vegas on October 11. That’s right, Nelson will not face Xtreme Couture’s Jay White in a pump-up squash match, as was previously rumored. Instead he’ll get something closer to a real test when he takes on the revitalized Buentello, who is fresh off a decision victory over Gary Goodridge at Affliction: Banned.

Affliction VP Tom Atencio said he was “really excited” about signing Horodecki and added that “everything is falling into place for Las Vegas.”

What Affliction didn’t announce at the press conference was the official signing of Tito Ortiz, who was said to be close to a “ground-breaking record contract” with the organization. According to Michael Cohen, Affliction’s COO (also Special Counsel to Donald Trump, see how that works?) there’s nothing to get excited about just yet:

“Donald Trump Jr., myself and Tito engaged in a conversation,” said Cohen about the potential deal with Ortiz. “There was nothing substantive that was discussed other than that we are interested in sitting down with him, which we are planning on doing in the very near future, to discuss with him the opportunity to join the family of Affliction fighters.”

Damn lawyers. They really know how to drain all the fun out of everything. Suddenly we’ve gone from world’s greatest contract and a guaranteed 500,000 pay-per-view buys to talking about sitting down to talk. This is what happens when people who think before they speak get to talk to the media.

Here’s what Affliction: Day of Reckoning looks like at the moment:

Andrei Arlovski vs. Josh Barnett
Vitor Belfort vs. Matt Lindland
Roy Nelson vs. Paul Buentello
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
Jason High vs. Mike Pyle

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JB- August 6, 2008 at 6:19 pm
im sorry but this card is crap, if the UFC ever but this card out it would be without doubt their worst card in recent memory, even worse then the infamous UFC 72, well maybe not that bad but close. lets break it down

Andrei Arlovski vs. Josh Barnett-great fight, main event worthy
Vitor Belfort vs. Matt Lindland-2 has beens, decision for sure
Roy Nelson vs. Paul Buentello-excellent main event at the local state fair
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Vladimir Matyushenko-solid fight
Jason High vs. Mike Pyle-pyle will lose and ive never heard of the other guy
C-Bus Allstar- August 6, 2008 at 2:02 pm

dubside- August 6, 2008 at 1:37 pm
Horodecki looks like Bobs Big Boy
ThatsRowdy- August 6, 2008 at 1:02 pm
@ Judd...

Bdizzle- August 6, 2008 at 12:49 pm
LOL. Horodecki looks like a 13 year old kid roided out in that pic.
judd nelson- August 6, 2008 at 12:04 pm
Is that Anthony Michael Hall from "The Breakfast Club"?
The Tracksuit- August 6, 2008 at 11:15 am
I am glad the news about Tito was not brought up.

I used to like Tito, but I really think he is making the sport look bad now. He is acting like a WWE 'entertainer'. If he wasnt always prancing around with his porn star girlfriend and bashing the UFC every chance he gets, he would probably get a lot more respect.

The UFC made Tito Ortiz who he is today, yet he continues to act like a jackass every chance he gets.

If he does fight for Affliction, a good solid beating may put him back in place..
Tyrone Shoelaces- August 6, 2008 at 6:38 am
>but i cant see affliction doing a GP, i mean a HW GP?
>they only have 5 good HW’s right now and they r

I loved the DREAM GP format even Hansen winning as a substitute didnt bother me.
Why not an 'open' tournament and forget the whole contrived weight class? HW and LHW together. Fedor didnt kill Lindland, so I dont think Tito gaining 10pds to fight Fedor is out of the realm of possibilities.

This card is getting to be better than the first.
Would it be too much to ask for Aleksandar if he can get his paperwork in order?
Josh Aint Thug- August 6, 2008 at 1:06 am
@ sol

yea, Dream definitely got me with their GP's, but i cant see affliction doing a GP, i mean a HW GP? they only have 5 good HW's right now and they r already fighting in every affliction event so far
ikcedar- August 6, 2008 at 12:08 am
damn another great card, it can only get better. So since they've signed horodecki does that mean a new lightweight division or is he moving up to ww where competition is going to be a loooot harder.
sol- August 5, 2008 at 11:16 pm
i actually like the look of this card, but they cant do an elitexc and rely on the big games to draw every 3-4 months, they really need to fill out their ranks. Dream's GP format definitely got fighters to sign up.
Anonymous- August 5, 2008 at 11:02 pm
I got
Andrei - He looked nasty against rothwell and I think his takedown defense will be enough to avoid a beating on the ground.
Lindland - Just a hunch, but they say vitor's hand is busted BAD. I see Lindland being able to take him down.
Roy Nelson - I think big country is just far too large for Buentello and can take enough punishment to outlast Buentello and get the KO.
Rogerio. Probably.
High/Pyle IDK
Chris Hill- August 5, 2008 at 10:48 pm
Man just think how awesome "Affliction 3 Recycled" is going to be. I cant wait to see how they shuffle the same 20 fighters. Tito will bring his lackluster desire to Affliction but at least he will bring viewers. They need to pay him off to come aboard big time or they wont make it to "Afflction 4 same shit different order"
Josh Aint Thug- August 5, 2008 at 10:43 pm
I'm actually pretty pumped for Affliction the second time around

with fedor in the 1st event, i think that was a win-lose for Affliction, yeah he's one of the best pound for pound fighters but i think the other fighters may have been overlooked due to fedor's fame and aura. but with fedor out, i think this will really allow affliction to showcase thier other fighters

any news on aleks's health? i wanna see that guy fight