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Wait a Minute, Fedor Don’t Box!

(Somebody better tell him that’s not a regulation boxing glove.)

I love guessing games. And it is because I love guessing games that Affliction and the ever-changing story behind their second event is a constant joy for me. So what’s the story now? Will they have a completely new date scheduled? Will they claim to have no date at all? Will they go so far as to name some of the fighters on the card? Or will they shoot down any interesting rumors about who might be fighting?

This time around Affliction VP Tom Atencio is saying the main event will likely be a boxing match, thanks to Golden Boy’s involvement, and MMA will comprise the entirety of the undercard:

“We are going to do a combination show of boxing and MMA. They will run the back end and we will do what we do well.” Atencio says of the show. “It will be between nine and ten fights total. Right now it looks like we are going to do a boxing main event and everything under it will be MMA. It really depends on who we have boxing though. If they are big enough names then absolutely they will be the main event and that is what we have planned right now. Things change though and we have nothing finalized.”

Hold up, Tom. What about Fedor? We all know he’s the cornerstone of this little operation. Is he lacing up the boxing gloves, you know, just to give himself a challenge? Because if not, it sounds like you’re saying either a) Fedor won’t be the main event (and when’s the last time that happened), or b) he won’t be on the card at all.

Option b sounds more realistic, what with Josh Barnett saying he won’t fight Fedor in January and Fedor feeling his annual New Year’s Eve itch coming on. But on that subject, Atencio is uncharacteristically forthcoming.

We have a solid relationship with Fedor. We have extended our deal with Fedor. He and M-1 global are 110% our partners. The rumors are that he is fighting in Japan on New Year’s Eve but I can crush and squash those rumors right and tell you he is not fighting on New Year’s Eve.

Notice how he stops short of saying that Fedor is fighting for him in January. Which would be the next logical step. Looks like all we know right now is that FEDOR WILL RETURN! I saw it on TV, so it must be true.

Oh, and Atencio also wrote the Gegard Mousasi vs. Vitor Belfort report off as a rumor. What’s funny is Mousasi is the one who first spouted off at the mouth about that. According to Atencio, they’ve never even discussed a contract to fight for Affliction. That just figures.

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stevelolololololol- October 9, 2008 at 9:04 pm
My God, I am really tired now of every promotion coming off like they are the top dog with the biggest and best fighters and the largest audience. Come AAAAHNN!!! The response from the announcer after the Kimbo fight was the most embarrasing and inaccurate thing I have heard in MMA. And the whole heavy-metal/stripper productions across the board must stop. Please lets save it from the White Trash marketing campaign, you get me?
Look, we all know EXC, XXc, Mxc, are fledgling orgs, why do they insult us. They come off, right from the start, like they are hugely popular and established,. but it is really just this terrible marketing philosophy that is transparent and insulting. Also please stop putting meaningless initals together, it hasnt been cool since Stan Lee created the [X]-Men.
wes- October 7, 2008 at 8:46 pm
this is bad for mma, boxing has been around for ages. Now that MMA is surging to the mainstream to do a combo card and not have a big name mma event hurts mma all that much more.
serj- October 7, 2008 at 5:49 pm
Worst case of fuck around ever ... fedor + Randy ... Just fight for fuck sakes.. arlovsky, barnet.. anyone.. Fedor will be 45 when he finally got a good fight for us..against shamrock mabee ?? I love Fedor and Randy but I hate all the bullshit and drama that comes with it !!
FEDOR shows you proper BOXING- October 7, 2008 at 4:14 pm
Fuck, not again. Can they fucking agree on a final fight card (with Fedor on it), date and set of rules?!?
tully- October 7, 2008 at 3:11 pm
fedor vs arlovski please
Kevbo- October 7, 2008 at 1:38 pm
"I should get into the MMA business. I don’t think it would be hard to become #1 with all the fucking morons who run things now. As usual America takes shit and destroys it. Vale tudo, the office, britain…"

And the coward who hides behind Anonymous strikes again. Everyone wants to be like Americans if you are not already. The Office is a million times funnier than that dry british crap show, Vale Tudo sucks, and Britain has been Americanized like dozens of other countries. Go push down a little girl at school to show her that you like her.
Brad- October 7, 2008 at 1:02 pm
Deadpanda for the win
Deadpanda- October 7, 2008 at 5:54 am
This just in!

Fedor will box with a genetically altered kangaroo on New Years Eve, and lose. Meanwhile Atencio will be getting jack hammered by Mr. Frankenstein ring side; no reach around will be given. Barrnett will then parachute in from the rafters to face the winner only to be caught midway down by one of Petruzelli's flying-half-wonder(woman)-punches-of-doom. Shaw will then sign the Kangaroo to Exc where he will be marketed as "THE GREATEST THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO MMA!"

Baby Jesus will cry, an angel will lose it's wings, Santa's bringing coal to MMA this year.
Canuckelchuk- October 7, 2008 at 4:18 am
Atencio is complete Bullshit. From the get go this guy has been a complete douche nozzle (thank you Sarah Silverman). WTF? Tito (who is himself a major idiot) says he has a big deal with Affliction and Tom says he hasn't even spoken to him. And now this Mousasi stuff. Who is in charge of this organization? Boxing is bad news for MMA, and so is TA. I just hope Fedor fights some freak in Japan this New Years, if only to see Mr. Atencio continue to squirm.
Oh and MMANewbExpert, chill out man. There are lots of MMA sites to check out. If you don't like what you see, move on. I'd wager that the guys (and gals?) running this site know a little more about their target audience than you do. I say keep up the good, and funny blogging Cagepotato. I always come here to check out your take on the latest story (or look for a good picture caption).
Anonymous- October 7, 2008 at 4:11 am
I should get into the MMA business. I don't think it would be hard to become #1 with all the fucking morons who run things now. As usual America takes shit and destroys it. Vale tudo, the office, britain...
UFC fan- October 7, 2008 at 3:40 am
just to repeat the same old tired thing as I read the same old tired thing over and over I can only say fedor+assfliction=failed bullshit.
Anonymous- October 7, 2008 at 2:45 am
fedor has beat the only opponent..... noguerra..... twice. who else is there? barnett maybe?
TopAthlete- October 7, 2008 at 2:29 am
I Agree with frank although boxing is one of the styles in MMA
Dildo_Slice- October 7, 2008 at 1:20 am
Is anyone else done caring about fedor. he hasn't fought a tough opponent in 4 years
Frank- October 7, 2008 at 1:09 am
Boxing? Really? Years ago, my pops took me and my brother to see a satellite feed of a Sugar Ray Leonard v Roberto Duran fight at the fairgrounds. Before the fight even took place, a riot broke out amongst drunken spectators at we ended up getting maced by the cops. Ever since then, I've HATED boxing promotions in every form. G-damned Don King SOB's. F**K them. They ruined the sport of boxing. I subsequently got involved with martial arts and I never thought about BOXING again. In a nutshell, I don't want my f**king MMA mixed up with BOXING. I HATE everything about BOXING. If Affliction does this, they lose my $$$. Boxing and MMA should NEVER mix. It's a soon to be DEAD sport.
Dex- October 7, 2008 at 12:45 am
What's wrong with Affliction and Atencio? Doesn't he know how to dodge a question? Seriously I want Afflcition to fail more than EXC. Atcually an EXC/Affliction merger would be the best thing right now.

Affliction not knowing their next event from their ass from a hole in the ground is really frustrating to watch.
KneeToTheFace- October 7, 2008 at 12:27 am
So, what, Mousasi was hallucinating when he said those things about his and Fedor's status?

Is he even training with Fedor?
Sodak- October 7, 2008 at 12:20 am
haha attencios bullshit reminds me of a bad LOST episode where no one will just tell the god damn truth.
norm- October 7, 2008 at 12:16 am
>I’d just prefer the focus be on fighting and not the
>high school drama and rumors kind of stuff.

So I guess you are new to Cagepotato and MMA gossip sites?

high school drama and rumors kind of stuff makes up the bulk of their content.
MMANewbExpert- October 7, 2008 at 12:11 am
I love Cagepotato but my preference is when they write about real MMA stuff. Not all the he said, she said stuff about who's fighting who and who's ducking who. That is the stuff that makes me hate boxing. If something is going into hyping up a fight I understand it but really, it's not hard to sit back and take things that 3 people are saying and find inconsistencies between them. People probably come up to all these guys on the street or in little interviews and ask them questions. Then they take these questions and try to get someone else to say something contradictory. Then they make sarcastic comments about them on blogs.

Hell you could ask my wife and I something about what we're doing on the weekend and get two totally different answers.

I'd just prefer the focus be on fighting and not the high school drama and rumors kind of stuff.
Old, Bald and Irish- October 7, 2008 at 12:06 am
Headline Boxing + Undercard MMA - Fedor = Your not getting my PPV money.
Hurricane- October 6, 2008 at 11:37 pm
Does this remind anyone else of the movie "The Great White Hype"?
James- October 6, 2008 at 11:28 pm
boxing eh? maybe KJ Noons is finally getting his wish
Anonymous- October 6, 2008 at 11:21 pm
if fedor doesn't fight arlovsky or barnett in january, i think i might cry.