24 Jan 2012 11:16:05 AM
It was on this day three years ago that Affliction held its second and final MMA event, “Day of Reckoning” in Anaheim California. It’s not that the event did poorly at the box office or that it didn’t feature great fights, because the show took in $1.5 million and with names like Fedor Emelianenko, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Vitor Belfort, Matt Lindland, and Josh Barnett, the line-up rivals any UFC card today. The problem was that the owners of the company tried to pay fighters whatever their asking price because they were friends with most of them, having sponsored them for years.
Case in point, when you are paying Tim Sylvia $800,000 to get KO’ed by Fedor (who only netted $300,000 for the feat), you may need a new business model.
The event, whose main event was broadcast as a pay-per-view with the undercard shown on HDNet, featured some exciting fights and some dramatic finishes by Emelianenko, Belfort, Barnett and Nogueira.Read More ADD COMMENTS (22) DIGG THIS