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Zuffa Is Saving, Affliction Is Spending


(‘The bad news is, you’re fired. The good news is, now you’ll have plenty of time to work on that novel you’re always talking about.’)

Remember when Dana White used to brag in interviews about how many fighters Zuffa had under contract and about how big their organization was? Turns out, they’ve decided they don’t really need so many people after all.

After cutting Jake O’Brien and (more recently and understandably) releasing Kalib Starnes, Zuffa apparently has a taste for downsizing. Dave Meltzer and Adam Swift both report that Zuffa has plans to trim its fighter roster of around 200 down to as few as 150.

That’s still a lot of fighters under contract, even when split between the UFC and WEC. But it may be the case that Zuffa has figured out just how costly and unnecessary it is to keep lower-level fighters under contract, especially when the opportunity to fight on a UFC card is probably enough incentive for most of them to accept one-off deals.

Meltzer also reports rumors that a round of layoffs in the corporate office may be in the works as they try to trim the fat from the Zuffa juggernaut.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the tracks, clothier-turned-promoter Affliction is shelling out the dough for their July 17 show in Dallas. The Fedor-Tim Sylvia main event alone is bound to cost them, with a rumored payout for Big Tim of…(are you sitting down?)…$800,000.

Just imagine what Fedor’s making for that fight.

While no other fights have officially been announced for that card, names like Ben Rothwell, Andrei Arlovski, and Josh Barnett have been floating in the wind. MMA Payout believes that the total bankroll for the event may be in the neighborhood of $5-6 million, which may or may not include annoying extras like production costs and marketing of the event.

Now you know why those Affliction shirts are so expensive.

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mma guy- July 19, 2008 at 4:34 am
dont be pissed cuz you cant afford the clothing
Lee- April 26, 2008 at 2:55 pm
I paid £50 for my affliction tshirt here in the UK (that's like 90 dollars to you guys)... I think they look cool, but at the end of the day you're paying for the name and i like buying the odd expensive clothes item.

Now all i need is some kickboxing lessons and i'm all set...
El_Loco- April 26, 2008 at 2:31 am
wait 56 dollars? JC thats rediculous, if i didn't spend that a week on uniquely painted cotton toilet paper i'd consider getting an affliction tshirt
Peterw- April 25, 2008 at 2:23 am
I bet affliction will make a huge loss as a promotion. I wonder if they really do sell that much tshirts :S
knightrida- April 25, 2008 at 12:39 am
Anyone see how Roy Jones Jr put an Affliction shirt on after his fight last weekend?? What's that all about?? I kinda lumped Affliction and MMA together...?
lolwut- April 25, 2008 at 12:36 am
800k for big timmah hahaha aflliction.
TS Fan- April 24, 2008 at 11:36 pm
800K and he gets to kick Fedor's ass? That is one heck of a deal!
TheFeniX- April 24, 2008 at 7:38 pm
Wait, those shirts are HOW much? My girlfriend bought me one for my birthday and I still haven't worn it because it's just not my style. I don't like random people on the street garnering information about me based upon what I wear. It's why I wear an Astros hat (baseball blows and it's a good way to fuck with people. That and it was 5 bucks at Academy).

Jesus, I haven't spent more than 10 bucks (and that's high) on a T-shirt since I found the 90% off rack at the local department store 10 years ago. Sure, I may dress like a flood victim, but when you dress like I do: people don't bother talking to you (and that's a good thing).

Now I have to dig the fucking thing out of the hamper and wear it a few times.
No1Dad- April 24, 2008 at 5:39 pm
"WILL THIS FIGHT REALLY HAPPEN????
NEITHER HDNET FIGHTS OR AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER HAVE ANYTHING SCHEDULED FOR JULY 17 OR ANY INFO ON THIER SITES"

It's hard not to be skeptical anymore when it involves Fedor. I'll believe it when they touch gloves.
TUNZOH- April 24, 2008 at 5:09 pm
WILL THIS FIGHT REALLY HAPPEN????
NEITHER HDNET FIGHTS OR AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER HAVE ANYTHING SCHEDULED FOR JULY 17 OR ANY INFO ON THIER SITES
Waynegrow- April 24, 2008 at 4:56 pm
yammo, and dont forget Jersy riod freaks that are orange from fake tanner. fucking mutants. your're Bennigan'z!!!
Kim Couture is a cunt- April 24, 2008 at 4:52 pm
Well Douchbaggery is the joke of most forums but I gotta agree with him on this one.
YammoBurnThisMotherDown- April 24, 2008 at 4:47 pm
only 2 kinds of people wear affliction.

1. sponsored fighters
2. fucking Tools and douchbags

i've never seen an in between. at least not here in vegas.

its too bad that their tainted too. some of the shirts are nice.
Bdizzle- April 24, 2008 at 4:43 pm
Affliction is giving the fighters what they want. A payday. Sign me up Boss.
douchebaggery- April 24, 2008 at 4:37 pm
Tim probably shit on his affliction shirt when he heard about the 800k. Affliction is fucking shit up, wait and see. maybe they will sign Kalib and pay him a mere 400k per fight
C-Bus Allstar- April 24, 2008 at 4:29 pm
SWEET MOTHER OF GOD. $56 FOR A PIECE OF FUCKING COTTON CLOTH SEWN TOGETHER AND DRENCHED IN ODDLY COLORED PAINT?


WTF IS THE WORLD COMING TO?

Besides that: I'll bet Fedor is banking at least $1.5M for this fight.
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