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Here’s the UFC’s ad for their anti-Affliction show on July 19, which is now being billed as “UFC: Silva vs. Irvin”. If you think it’s purely a coincidence that they’ve opted to use language like “best fighter on the planet” with reference to a free event featuring Anderson Silva, while meanwhile Fedor Emelianenko fights elsewhere on the same night, then you haven’t been paying attention.

In politics, this would be a great example of using code words to send a message to certain demographics without alienating others. In this scenario, that demographic is hardcore fans, and the message is clear: Anderson Silva is a better pound-for-pound fighter than Fedor, plus our show is free.

For the more casual fans, they also manage to justify showing Chuck Liddell, “Rampage” Jackson, and light heavyweight champ Forrest Griffin (still feels weird to type that) simply by mentioning the “stacked” 205-pound division. Well-played, UFC.

Unless the Affliction pay-per-view numbers exceed all expectations, the UFC can also take credit for torpedoing their event once it’s all over. Something tells me Dana White has his ‘I told you so’ speech ready to go.

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Fuck Affliction- July 19, 2008 at 2:52 am
Yeah Affliction is a cheap rip off of UFC Tim Silva is shit, he couldn't win in the ufc so he wnt somewhere eles fucking pussy, and Big John Mccarthy you broke my heart you bitch mother fucker hahahaha, Go UFC
affliction Sucks and UFC is better- July 19, 2008 at 2:50 am
I watch some of it and it sucked, the commentary was shit!!!, and big jonh Mccarthy look stupid and the picture was foogy and it was all around crap, so affliction sucks and go UFC.
affliction Sucks and UFC is better- July 19, 2008 at 2:49 am
I watch some of it and it sucked, the commentary was shit!!!, and bug jonh Mccarthy look stupid and the picture was foogy and it was all around crap, so affliction sucks and go UFC.
affliction Suck- July 19, 2008 at 2:48 am
I watch some of it and it sucked, the commentary was shit!!!, and bug jonh Mccarthy look stupid and the picture was foogy and it was all arounf shitty, so fuck afflictio nand go UFC.
Rick furious- July 13, 2008 at 5:09 pm
Im so pissed that the ufc are doing this to fedor what the fuck is there problem look at
the win to loss against sivla vs fedor that says it all fedor is the best pound for pound.
hes beat the current ufc hv champ right know twice.Hes a giant killer. i love the ufc fighters but the big wigs are assholes......All hail to fedor
dana is a sissy- July 12, 2008 at 2:53 am
here is a great woman match dana the sissy white vs joe the fear is a factor rogan..
dana please reply- July 12, 2008 at 2:46 am
who cuts your hair---need to get some cornrows
dana is a sissy- July 12, 2008 at 2:44 am
fedor has already fought the ufc heavy weight champion when they were both in pride and won.. guess everybody forgot.. randy crybaby has a record of 15-8 thaT NOT EVEN GOOD.. this event has been poorly managed at best,, too many fighters not even matches on the cards..dana is a baldheaded sissy.
pride in the house- July 12, 2008 at 2:36 am
dana sucks===fedor is the man==for those of you thats never watch pride shut up===ufc and dana sucks been watching this sport for many years royce gracie was fighting when there was no weight class--would have to fight several times in one event and hand down was the been fighter in the ufc in his prime--matt hugh has never been the fighter that dana made him out to be---dana is a sissy.
matchablunt- July 10, 2008 at 5:24 am
i like affliction good fighters some even ex champs BIGGEST card in N. American soil.. SUPPORT thee fighters nigglets mmkay
Michaelthebox- July 8, 2008 at 7:19 am
I just want to take a second to point and laugh at anybody who spouts that tired "Fedor will smash Couture and everybody will see it and leave the UFC!" nonsense.
BIG CHRIS- July 7, 2008 at 6:44 pm
When Tim Syliva beats Fedor I hope Fedor is ranked where he is supposed to be ranked...and that is the #10 HW in the world...and he is probably 15th overall....
craig- July 7, 2008 at 6:32 pm
are u people nuts??? haven't we learned from boxing??/ more org's are fcking bad, PERIOD!!!
dandaman- July 7, 2008 at 10:57 am
listen, ufc can torpedo this event like you said, but affliction will get exposure as an organization who will fork over the money for fedor. So when fedor beats silvia, its a blow to ufc. then what happens when couture is released...hell, im predicting affliction is gonna host the fight everyone has been waiting for, finally fedor and couture(both affiliated with affliction) and there is no way in hell ufc can torpedo that. Fedor will beat couture and people will become affliction fanboys.
jakey- July 7, 2008 at 8:19 am
Good marketing by ufc - if silva loses and fedor wins it might look bad for them but they re willing to take the risk to fxck with afflictions numbers
bonecrusher- July 7, 2008 at 7:06 am
DANA IS EVERYONES BITCH- July 7, 2008 at 6:31 am
DVR & Bars baby!...yup. no money spent, well beer money is a must.
Anonymous- July 7, 2008 at 4:49 am
this could go horribly wrong for dana imagine if tim get tko'd in the first and on the same night anderson gets a gonzaga style loss.
UFC (NFC) Affliction (AFC)- July 7, 2008 at 3:34 am
I have a dream...
the UFC and Affliction start a co sponsored rivalry where it is one brand vs the other. how great would that be for the sport. If Dana really wants to compete with major sports how about joining forces. Like my name suggests and for you non football fans here is a baseball analogy. UFC - (AL) Affliction (NL) tell me what you think Bens.
Mike- July 7, 2008 at 2:25 am
UFC is good at marketing. Huge news there.
Anonymous- July 7, 2008 at 1:47 am
Affliction hasn't really done an effective job at advertising. I know about the card because of reading it on here but other than that I haven't seen anything for it. I feel unless you are active on the internet then you won't know about this. So for your newcomer MMA fan, all you will know about is the free UFC card

UFC marketing> Affliction marketing
BLS1919- July 7, 2008 at 1:44 am
I have Anderson Silva as the Top pound for Pound fighter in the world until Fedor proves it wrong. his last fight was against the very talent limited fighter Hong man Choi almost a yr ago on new years eve 07....the japenese freakshow giant. Lets see how he does against big tim and big guy with power and a underated ground game. if he taers through tim like a bum we'll see about top P4P. but as for now ANDERSONE RULES ALL ASSES!!!!!!!!!!!
ufc sucks- July 7, 2008 at 1:32 am
as long as the point is made then that's all I care about.
ufc sucks- July 7, 2008 at 1:31 am
good point vrax, I don't like punctuation
VRAX- July 7, 2008 at 1:06 am
"rogan said “good thing forrest is winning the fight” wtf like when dan henderson dominated anderson silva in the first round of there fight and then got clipped in the second, he clearly didn’t get dominated in a 2 round fight where dan was on silva the whole first round he was not dominated."