The word on the street is that Affliction is having trouble getting their first event together and onto the airwaves in some form, but Vice President Tom Atencio sought to put out that fire in a recent talk with USA Today’s Sergio Non. Atencio insists that talks have not broken down between Affliction and HDNet, as has been previously reported, but that they are still in negotiations.
Affliction plans to put the top half of their July 19 card on pay-per-view (which will run you round $40-50), while airing the undercard on a live TV broadcast of some sort. And what will this inaugural card look like? As it stands right now, something like this:
• Fedor Emelianenko vs. Tim Sylvia
• Josh Barnett vs. Pedro Rizzo
• Renato Sobral vs. Mike Whitehead
• Matt Lindland vs. Fabio Negao
• Aleksander Emelianenko vs. Paul Buentello (unofficial, not yet signed)
Not a bad lineup at all. Also rumored for the card is heavyweight Ben Rothwell, though an opponent for him has not yet been named. The fights will take place in a ring, not a cage, and Atencio confirmed The Pond in Anaheim, Calif., as the venue for the event.
Atencio also said the winners of the Fedor-Sylvia bout and Barnett-Rizzo bout would meet in the main event of Affliction’s next show, most likely in October. Depending on your take on Affliction so far, you might call that planning for the future or cockeyed optimism.