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Tom Atencio Calls ‘Next’ on Fedor, But Affliction II Looking More Questionable


(‘Look at that, same size I was in high school.’)

Fedor Emelianenko loves three things: competing in Sambo tournaments, eating two ice cream cones at once, and fighting in New Year’s Eve freak show matches in Japan. We know this about Fedor. We accept this about him. So that’s why when he appeared at Dream.6 and made comments about a potential NYE fight in Japan, we naturally wondered what that meant for his participation in Affliction’s second event in California. You know, the one that was “rescheduled” for January after a Fedor-less card failed to sell tickets in Las Vegas.

But Affliction VP Tom Atencio says not to worry. Fedor won’t be fighting in Japan on New Year’s Eve because Affliction has “extended his contract.” When asked if that meant Fedor was a lock for January 19, Atencio dropped this minor shocker:

“The date and location are not official,” Atencio said. “Everyone is tripping. Our next show will definitely be the 1st quarter of 2009 in January, possibly February. Nothing is confirmed though.”

Wait a minute, we’re tripping? Us, the people who think that maybe you should consider nailing down a venue, a date, and — dare I say it — even a fight card for the event you hope to sell tickets to? That’s “tripping”? Since when did Tom Atencio become a college sophomore at a Dave Matthews concert? We don’t mean to be a buzzkill or anything, but these are the kinds of details that could end up being pretty important down the road.

If it’s true that Fedor really did intend to fight on a Dream NYE card until Affliction extended his contract, it brings up the question of when this contract extension happened. Fedor made those remarks last night. Did Atencio talk with his management after that? Or was Fedor already signed to a contract extension when he got on the mic?

Maybe it’s just me, but all these questions and vague assertions are less than reassuring. If Affliction can’t get Fedor on their next show, it might take more than a little help from Golden Boy to make it a profitable venture.

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TUF Guy- September 23, 2008 at 8:16 pm
I have been benchpressing 160lb men over my face, naked, spread eagle, balls to my mouth and I am getting HUGE. I sometimes like to poke the butthole with my tongue.
mikey- September 23, 2008 at 5:02 pm
People used to like the "t shirt guy" since he sounded like the anti-Dana. Not so sure I care for Affliction now.
aaron- September 23, 2008 at 4:00 pm
"If You don’t want to watch the best fighter in the world fight in JAPAN then don’t!!!!!! It would be so easy for You! Just don’t watch it! They want to see it and Fedor wants to make money and keep his over seas fan base."
Not for long. More on this later.

"Japan is killing MMA? Get fucking real."
I didn't say "killing," I said "poisoning." You don't always die of poisoning. Sometimes it just weakens you. Like the way tying up legit fighters for freakshow bullshit like Fedor VS amateur grappler weakens the sport. I'm not worried it will kill MMA, because the popularity of MMA in Japan is weakening. Soon it won't be an issue.


"St. Pierre will take off his shirt for You soon, don’t worry bra."
Great. I wouldn't want him to fight with his shirt on, because that would probably mean he was in Japan fighting a sumo wrestler or stand-up comic.
Renn- September 23, 2008 at 3:10 pm
Affliction is fighting a loosing battle. They are clearly not releasing the date of the event on purpose. But rest assured UFC will have a free event on Spike that night. The UFC has like 200 fighters under contract. Every single one of them would jump on a short notice fight if Dana thinkened the pot enough for them.
Mirjitsu- September 23, 2008 at 1:07 pm
Affliction is making Dana White look like Nostra-fucking-damus.!!!!!
TUF Guy is a douche- September 23, 2008 at 12:41 pm
Nobody cares about your stupid workouts, or how much you can lift, as we had to hear about in another thread... Jesus, your dick must be small.
TUF Guy- September 23, 2008 at 11:52 am
With my recent workouts, I am huge like Fedor.
LukeTheDuke- September 23, 2008 at 10:28 am
I was bigger than Fedor in high school but I sure as shit could never fight like him.
Tom Ass-isoni- September 23, 2008 at 3:08 am
Who wants to buy one of my faggot t-shirts? This GUY, thats who
http://www.hotchickswithdouchebags.com/2007/10/johnny-blaze.html
Dex- September 23, 2008 at 3:05 am
Fedor will do what he wants. Any contract he "signed" his mangement would make sure they could change it at any point.
KellenAvalanche- September 23, 2008 at 2:55 am
Aaron:
I canâ??t wait until the japanese MMA fans go back to their tentacle porn, cosplay and used-panty vending machines and stop poisoning the world of MMA with this shit. Itâ??s already happening. It is only a matter of time now.

If You don't want to watch the best fighter in the world fight in JAPAN then don't!!!!!! It would be so easy for You! Just don't watch it! They want to see it and Fedor wants to make money and keep his over seas fan base.

Japan is killing MMA? Get fucking real.

St. Pierre will take off his shirt for You soon, don't worry bra.
norremo- September 23, 2008 at 2:49 am
boys, lets stick to the subject.... Affliction blows

EPIC FAIL!
Rape Choke- September 23, 2008 at 2:38 am
KG i think that you nailed it on the head man!

"Good luck Attencio.. only reason you still have some money is because you are robbing people with $70 Hanes Beefy-T shirts with your shitty logo on them. Fuck off you prick.”

-FUCKING CLASSIC
ser- September 23, 2008 at 1:33 am
The hell you talking about ^Aaron^ Japaness shows are the best its the big men behind the fights who are fuckin up the MMA world... Id rather go see a MMA event in Japan then a UFC in USA.. much more respect for the fighters ..better atmosphere...no hugin on the ground.. ever ear someone "booing" fighters in Japan.. didnt think so..

USA sucks on everything that people love....they take it away and make it what they want whitch in never the way the rest of the world think ...... remember pride... grandprix .. ect... the best of the best were fighting there. now UFC has taken half of them not even.. and It fucks up the whole damn thing... Imagine a MMA wold under one company.... never goin to happen..it did for a little while tho...
Aaron- September 23, 2008 at 12:46 am
"Fedor is going to fight the Olympic gold medalist and its a freak show.

Old man Couture is going to fight an WWE wrestler who was once a college wrestler. Not a world champion or even just a member of his olympic wrestling team.
No, college."

You tell me which is the freak show."

The first one.

Couture is a mixed martial artist fighting a mixed martial artist.

Fedor is a mixed martial artist fighting a guy who is NOT a mixed martial artist. It's not fair, interesting, or even ethical really.

I can't wait until the japanese MMA fans go back to their tentacle porn, cosplay and used-panty vending machines and stop poisoning the world of MMA with this shit. It's already happening. It is only a matter of time now.
Aaron- September 23, 2008 at 12:40 am
"Who cares about Affliction anymore… the only reason people bought the card was to see Tim Sylvia get destroyed. "

Bingo. This company was built on Fedor fighting someone interesting, something that only happens once every 4 years or so. Try rescheduling for 2012, Affliction.
Rene Levesque- September 23, 2008 at 12:25 am
Fedor is going to fight the Olympic gold medalist and its a freak show.

Old man Couture is going to fight an WWE wrestler who was once a college wrestler. Not a world champion or even just a member of his olympic wrestling team.
No, college.

You tell me which is the freak show.
mmablaster- September 23, 2008 at 12:17 am
Wow, Affliction looks like crap. You have to have events on a consistent basis if you want to build a fanbase. Other than internet hardcore fans nobody knows about them.
Craig- September 23, 2008 at 12:15 am
tom tom, your acting like you run an established org that has earned tthe right say "don't trip" An org that has proven they know how to run the fighting game... yet so far you've had one show in which you loose money then cancle/postpone the next and we are tripping, lmao. okay.
mma pro- September 23, 2008 at 12:06 am
took the words out of my mouth kg
Harry Pooder- September 22, 2008 at 11:56 pm
WHAT ABOUT ZI POWER!
TeeReks- September 22, 2008 at 11:28 pm
rofl, MikeyB wins!
Kris- September 22, 2008 at 11:26 pm
According to MMANews.com the extension happened in August:

http://www.mmanews.com/other/Exclusive:-Fedor-Extends-Deal-With-Affliction-Not-Set-For-New-Years.html
MikeyB- September 22, 2008 at 11:04 pm
QUOTE
"Who cares about Affliction anymore… the only reason people bought the card was to see Tim Sylvia get destroyed. There are no fights that Affliction can put together to persuade me to buy the PPV and not watch them online a few hours later. I pay $54.95 per month for UFC PPV’s (HD) and I am happy with that. The rest I watch online.

Good luck Attencio.. only reason you still have some money is because you are robbing people with $70 Hanes Beefy-T shirts with your shitty logo on them. Fuck off you prick."


Hi Dana, how you doing?
Me- September 22, 2008 at 10:52 pm
Yeah screw you sucessful business man turned guy who wants to grow the sport and have alternate venues for fighters and fans. What a jerk that T-shirt guy is, right KG?
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