Report: Affliction loses venue for July 19 debut show
"Report: Affliction loses venue for July 19 debut show
by MMAjunkie.com Staff on May 04, 2008 at 11:40 am ET
The upstart Affliction promotion, which debuts July 19 with an announced main event of former PRIDE champion Fedor Emelianenko vs. former UFC title-holder Tim Sylvia, has lost the American Airlines Center as its venue.
The news comes from fiveouncesofpain.com, which reports that the loss of the Dallas-bases venue is likely part of a bigger, failed deal with HDNet.
As part of the deal, Affliction's preliminary card was expected to air live on HDNet, and the pay-per-view main card would air on the all-high-definition cable station on a one-week delay.
However, that deal has reportedly fallen apart.
Affliction, which first launched as an MMA clothing brand, has since announced its intentions of becoming a fight organization, as well. The organization's debut show has had many notable names attached to it. In addition to Emelianenko and Sylvia, Matt Lindland has confirmed he'll fight at the event. Josh Barnett, Ben Rothwell, Andrei Arlovski and Aleksander Emelianenko have also been rumored for the card but are far from confirmed.
According to Randy Couture, the Affliction show could now instead take place at The Pond in Anaheim, Calif. He mentioned the possibility on Saturday's "Rear Naked Radio" on 105.3 FM in Dallas."
This sucks! I was really hoping this was going to be in Dallas as I could have made an easy drive to go see this. bah!:thumbsdown:
I already reported it in the Sylvia vs Fedor thread, didn't think it merited its own thread.
Just another company proving that if you take off too soon you will not end up working out. Bodog tried it and look M-1 had 1 event and nothing Affliction has to either go Co-promotion with Golden boy like they were going to or nothing will work for them i believe if the Fedor Tim fight takes off and works out it will be a huge draw but thats it.. they dont have a strong Roster for enough Cards..
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