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Donald Trump to Become “Major Player” in MMA

(“Tim is hands-down the greatest shorts-shitter in the world.” Photo props to FiveOuncesofPain.)

From a press release distributed yesterday:

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK (June 3, 2008) — Affliction will pull out its Trump card Thursday when the company officially announces its partnership with Donald J. Trump at a press conference to be held in Trump Tower at 12:00PM. Trump will take the podium to address the press and outline his involvement with Affliction and their entry into the world of professional mixed-martial-arts (MMA) with their first event named, “Affliction Banned,” slated for July 19th 2008 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

“We are very excited to be partnering with the most recognized and accomplished business mogul in the world, ” said Tom Atencio, vice president of Affliction. “Trump is a true visionary who shares our belief in the future of MMA.”

“I have been a fan of professional sports since childhood, and I am particularly impressed by the athleticism, courage, and strength of these disciplined athletes.” said Donald J. Trump. “This particular sport resembles my business style of being fast paced, strategic, and aggressive…remembering to never give up. I am particularly excited to partner with Affliction and become a major player in promotion of MMA; the youngest and fastest growing sport to emerge in the last century.”

We’ll update you tomorrow; as for now, let the speculation begin. It could be as simple as Trump signing up to be the money-man for the fledgling MMA promotion. Though if he’s going to get involved with MMA, we would have thought he’d be hooked up with his Apprentice buddy Tito Ortiz, who has floated the idea of launching his own MMA organization. Stay tuned…

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TheQuinn- June 3, 2008 at 8:31 pm
Holy shit i didn't realize Trump was that tall.
alen- June 3, 2008 at 7:27 pm
this is good news, finally something better or as equal as the ufc for fighters
The Survivalist- June 3, 2008 at 4:57 pm
This is the best news I've heard all day.
dandaman- June 3, 2008 at 4:39 pm
no, you guys are missing the point here...this is really good.
more money to be put into cards like the one on july 19th.

i can see affliction as legitimate competition for the UFC, starting with their domination over the heavyweight division.
this is really good for MMA. Trump is a big public guy and will get the sport a lot of attention.

PS: i still think trump is a douche
Jeff- June 3, 2008 at 4:00 pm
Why the hate for trump? He's a hugely successful businessman and he loves the sport. He's LOADED.

This is the best news about Affliction since Aleksander was officially signed to the card.
Boneman- June 3, 2008 at 3:40 pm
First off...I am no fan of Donald Trump....Arrogant Asshole if you ask me...

How many people have heard of Gary Shaw & how many have heard of Donald Trump?. 1 out of 10,000 might of heard of Shaw....1 out of 5 know who Trump is...

Why do fighters sign with the UFC, besides being the #1 MMA organiztion out there? (I still hate Dana White by the way)...Because as a fighter, it's the quickest way to get recognized and is currently the only organization that pays. Does the UFC pay accordingly..?..50% of the time I would say no!....Dana has perfected the art of pimping his fighters at a bargain rate. But even the bottom end fighters are seing a better payday in the UFC than anywhere's else. Does Elite and the others want to pay their fighters better..?..of course, but that will take time.....unless your Donald Trump and already have the capital to put forward. I think this Trump affiliation may be good. As long as affliction keeps it simple and doesn't try to make it an XFL/WWF fireworks show, I think that they can attract allot of recognizable fighters that can promote some very entertaining fights. Once there is another viable MMA organization out there, the Monopoly that is the UFC, will have to really look at what they are paying fighters.

Trump is a legitimate competitor to the UFC...
More people outside of the MMA community can pick out Donald Trump in a line-up before Dana White or Gary Shaw.
If anyone can gain network coverage it's Trump.
If anyone can afford to pay it's fighters a decent wage and not wait for the "gate" to settle, it's Trump.

I had hopes for EliteXC, but I have even higher hopes that this Trump/Affliction venture works out...
BIG CHRIS- June 3, 2008 at 2:44 pm
Oh good another outta shape, doughy white guy with a bad hair decision running an MMA organization....but atl least the Donald has some backup know if he runs into Rosie on the streets....
Old, Bald and Irish- June 3, 2008 at 2:16 pm
@ NealTaflinger: "USFL" - my point...EXACTLY!
Jenna- June 3, 2008 at 2:00 pm
The only thing Tito is good at organizing is swordfights in my mouth.
NealTaflinger- June 3, 2008 at 1:39 pm
Alex- June 3, 2008 at 1:13 pm
If you can get Trump to say "tapping out is for bitches", I'll be impressed
Old, Bald and Irish- June 3, 2008 at 1:12 pm
Not so fast "Thompson's Left Ear"....(good name, by the way)

I think that Trump getting involved in MMA with Affliction could be a good idea.

First, Trump has floated the idea of getting involved in MMA and setting up his own league several times. Personally, I thought that he might have been "behind the scenes" with the pile of vomit also known as YAMMA. I base that speculation mostly on the fact that the "event" was held at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Perhaps Trump was testing the waters. If he was smart, and like him or not: he is smart, he learned a few lessons on how NOT to set up a fledgling MMA organization. It's easy to see that Affliction is a logical partner/sponsor, but there was no way that Affliction would be able to foot all of the bills for continuing fights.

Enter Trump.

Did I mention that Trump owns several casinos that can accommodate large indoor sporting events?

Trump and Afflication are gonna try to be the East Coast equivelent of the UFC. The majority of the UFC's fights are held in Vegas. I'm sure Mandaly Bay makes a nice bit 'o coin out of hosting those events. If Trump Taj hosts an MMA event that is half as good as Affliction's inaugural one, guaranteed that my ass is gonna be in a seat at the Taj.

As far as Tito's talk about setting up his own MMA organization: pipe dream. The field is getting to crowded and frankly, like the NFL, there isn't enough talent out there to support anther league. Tito is too late to get into the field. Affliction beat him to the pun intended. I'll bet you that Tito will be on the next Affliction card. Guaranteed Trump is already talking to him about this. If the Affliction fight in Cali is a big smash, which I know it will be, expect Tito to angle for a payday off of the next Affliction bout.

Frankly, Tito and Affliction need each other. After pulling out all these big names for the first bout, they need someone with some name recognition for the next bout. Tito has that. Also, it sounds like Affliction is willing to spend some serious cash on heir fighters. As we all know, that's what Tito is looking for.
Future Boyyy- June 3, 2008 at 12:46 pm
Let's see what all the Dana White haters have to say about this now. At least he cares about the legitimacy of the sport. If you think this Kimbo fiasco was bad, I can't imagine what's gonna start happening now.
Wayne- June 3, 2008 at 12:45 pm
The unfortunate truth of MMA promotion or any promotion for that matter is celebrities and cold hard cash. In order for any organization ot go up against UFC there is going to have to be some excitement generated by some respected media individuals and have a huge cash injection made by some deep pocketed enthusiastic individuals.
Is Donald Trump a respected media personality? No, probably not, but he is recognized by just about everyone in the world. Tim may be a UFC reject but the eyes are going ot be on Fedor to see if he can defend against some talent or not.
For anyone to go up against UFC's slick approach and consistent events is a tough sell but if something can be done there is always the chance someone can do a better job. Hell, in such a competitive sport its great to see some competition. I just hope we all don't get sick of seeing 'LIVE FIGHT OF THE CENTURIES' every second night!

LukeTheDuke- June 3, 2008 at 12:25 pm
Well... at least we got Donnie on board.
Thompson's Left Ear- June 3, 2008 at 12:17 pm
Well, now MMA is truly fu*ked.

Get ready for the steady slide of the sport into the joke that has become boxing.
Thompson's Left Ear- June 3, 2008 at 12:17 pm
Well, now MMA is truly fu*ked.

Get ready for the steady slide of the sport into the joke that had become boxing.