Shockingly the UFC is still around and Affliction isn't.
Anyone feel like paying Andre Arlovski $1 000 000 to fight Rothwell?
How bout paying Rothwell $250 000? Takers? ($1 250 000 for this one fight...)
How bout pay a washed-up has-been Lindland $375 000 to beat someone no one has ever heard of in match no one even remembers.
And hey while we are at it lets pay Tim Sylvia $800 000 to be subbed in under a minute. Money well spent and a great investment for the futu...
The UFC pays its fighters enough to keep them around and grow the business. That is what is important. That is all I care about. I don't care about making athletes millionaires. That will come as the sport grows and they prove they are worthy. Were the above worthy of the paychecks they got? Is that really what they were worth to Affliction?
Affliction were morons though, their 'business plan' was never going to work out. Their PPV numbers were reliant on Fedor Emelianenko, and that was never going to turn out well for them. Their first show got them 100,000 buys, that is literally nothing. The UFC headlined a PPV show with Rashad Evans taking on Thiago Silva, not a show you'd imagine would sell big numbers, but it still did 3 times what Affliction managed. Then Affliction's next show, which on paper looked a much better card, did less numbers, only managing 90,000 buys. To pay out $1.5million to Andrei Arlovski and then only get 90k buys is just hilarious. Affliction were leaking money from the beginning, and even with Trump's financial backing it was never going to last long. Barnett testing positive for roids days before the Fedor fight just happened to be the final nail in their coffin.
It's a shame they were so stupid with their money though really, Affliction could have been a genuine contender to the UFC, far more so than Strikeforce. They had strong financial backing, a PPV deal, and a seriously strong roster of fighters. Considering they only managed to do 2 shows signing the likes of Fedor Emelianenko, Andrei Arlovski, Tim Sylvia, Ben Rothwell, Vitor Belfort, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Josh Barnett, Matt Lindland, Sokoudjou, Vladamir Matyushenko, Jay Hieron and then on their 3rd card they were set to have Paul Daley, Takanori Gomi, Gegard Mousasi, Jorge Santiago and Gilbert Yvel all fighting. That Trilogy card looked stacked, and it was actually a shame it never happened. I suppose the only thing that got that calibre of fighter to sign for them was the ridiculous money they were throwing at the guys, so it was realistically never going to work out anyway, I'm amazed Trump didn't notice that himself.