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Affliction’s Gravy Train Coming to an End

(The Maine-iac may go from being grossly, grossly overpaid, to just grossly overpaid. Photo courtesy of

Dave Meltzer is reporting that Affliction VP Tom Atencio will be asking certain Affliction fighters to take a pay cut to fight in their next event (October 11th, Las Vegas):

The promotion has talked with some fighters about doing the 10/11 show for 50% of what they made on the first show but in return they would give those fighters easy opponents.

Overpaid fighters who could use an easier opponent the next time out? They might as well have called Tim Sylvia out by name — though Ben Rothwell and Matt Lindland could fit that description as well. For the record, Josh Barnett has stated that he would not accept a pay cut to fight again for Affliction; he previously made $300,000 with no win bonus for his knockout of Pedro Rizzo.

BloodyElbow also points out that the Thomas & Mack Center’s Affliction page lists Affliction II’s main event as “Arlovski vs. TBD!” — suggesting that the return of Fedor Emelianenko might not be a done deal after all. Well sure, I mean he just went 36 seconds with one of the top ten heavyweights in the world; the man could use another three-year break…

Related: The weirdest thing I came across while doing a Google Image Search for “Tim Sylvia.”

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Bootylam!- August 4, 2008 at 7:21 pm
That there is whats known as "DUH!" Yes the fighters are the talent but you can't pay them money that's not there!
UFC fan- August 1, 2008 at 2:04 am
Affliction---run by idiots, FOR idiots!
and are idiots.
Yeah boy you sure showed that bad Dana White how to pay those poor fucking sad fighters....hahahah PWNED!!!

I would guess we wont see anymore afflictions shows....they screwed themselves outta business, congratulations affliction, maybe you should change your name to dysfunctional ? :)
Plain old Kevin- July 31, 2008 at 5:18 pm
That fucking sucks. I want to see Arlovsky shock the world. His Samson hair is growing back and he is sporting the Leonidas beard. Unstoppable!
ClownBaby- July 31, 2008 at 4:13 pm
hmm, so wait is fedors hand broke? or does it just have some fragments of Tim's face lodged in there? or what seriously 180 days?
Jacob- July 31, 2008 at 4:01 pm
There's a reason Fedor isn't slated to be on the October card. After the 36 second mauling of Tim "Big Goon" Sylvia, he got handed a 180 day medical suspension. Personally I think it's a good thing, this gives the perfect opportunity for an Arlovski-Barnett fight to see who should get the next crack at Fedor.
Brad- July 31, 2008 at 3:40 pm
I think the only appropriate response to this is: lol.

As we all knew, affliction paid way too much and ppl didn't care. What did they think would happen?
Noah- July 31, 2008 at 2:40 pm
Even if Timmay makes half of what he made on the first show, he would still make $100,000 more than Barnett. Now that's the funny part.
douchebaggery- July 31, 2008 at 2:00 pm
atenciowned haha. dana white is laughing
ClownBaby- July 31, 2008 at 1:50 pm
We're doing sooo well, trust us, we sold like a ton of PPVs, took in another ton at the gate, we're taking over, seriously we will we just need you to work half your previous wage.........WTF!
ossBASHA- July 31, 2008 at 1:46 pm
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