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Affliction Woes: Fedor-Barnett Downgraded to Unlikely, Arlovski Comes at a Heavy Cost

(Photo courtesy of Sherdog.)

Life in the Affliction offices must be a little like being married to an alcoholic. They seem to be making progress, taking steps in the right direction, and then you look out the window and see them passed out naked in the neighbor’s yard and realize it was all just a pleasant illusion. Affliction’s latest setback has to do with the main event for their second offering, which is maybe on January 24 or maybe not, depending on who you talk to.

While new acquisition Gegard Mousasi claimed it would be Fedor Emelianenko vs. Josh Barnett in Affliction II, Barnett’s manager tells USA Today, “It is unlikely that Josh and Fedor will fight within the next few months.”

Affliction VP Tom Atencio also said that no fights have been confirmed for the event. It could be that they’re waiting to see how Andrei Arlovski does against Roy Nelson in his big network TV moment on Saturday night. If Arlovski steals the spotlight on Elite XC: Heat, it would make sense for Affliction to put him in the main event against Fedor right away to try and capitalize on that increased exposure.

They’ve got to figure out some way to make it pay, because according to Dave Meltzer Arlovski is poised to haul in seven figures if he beats Nelson this weekend, and Affliction is footing the bill. It’s great for Affliction to get their stuff on CBS, but Arlovski better be wearing several layers of Affliction t-shirts to make this little venture seem worthwhile.

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none- October 2, 2008 at 4:35 pm
from what fight is that picture the post conference
UFC fan- October 2, 2008 at 3:11 am
that picture is a metaphor for the existence of assfliction, its a black eye on the MMA scene. October 1, 2008 at 7:45 pm
The Affliction guys are going to go broke with those kinds of payouts - whenever I go to discount stores like Filene's Basement, I see massive racks of Affliction and Xtreme Couture shirts. Those shirts are going out of style FAST.
what u think yr special white fish- October 1, 2008 at 6:31 pm
barnett was eyeballin me so i slaped him once can u imagine if he spat on me.
KG- October 1, 2008 at 4:47 pm
Arlovski: "Hows taste my Lamborghini?"
kissenger- October 1, 2008 at 4:35 pm
Holy shits! So the Pitbull is raking in 1 mil+ per fight. Now that's big time.
skidding- October 1, 2008 at 4:03 pm
Puahahaha! That pic looks like Barnett was trying to shave his face using a lawn mower.
Old, Bald and Irish- October 1, 2008 at 3:55 pm
@ Ben: Love the alcoholic analogy.

I can't begin to express how utterly disapointed I am with Affliction's current situation. They came right outta the chute with a solid PPV and EVERYTHING has gone downhill since.

I like Fedor, Arlovski, Rothwell and Barnett. I just want to see these guys fight...NOW!

Seriously, we get a taste of Fedor silencing his critics in spectacular fashion, Arlovski re-inventing himself and Barnett showing that he still has plenty of ass left to kick.

And then...everything fell apart.

I just wanna see these guys get back in the ring (not cage). Now it looks like NOBODY knows when Fedor is gonna fight next. This is ridiculous.

At least I'll get to see Arlovski on Saturday.

...and Jake Shields, too.

*sound of me hugging Jake Shields' nuts*

By the way, has anyone heard anything about Tim Sylvia lately? It's like he got knocked off the face of the earth.

*sound of crickets chirping*