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Affliction Day of Reckoning – Hello Everyone, It’s This Weekend

Remember the build up to Affliction Banned? Donald Trump proclaiming a sellout at every turn, Tito Ortiz set to announce his allegiance to the Affliction brand, Randy and Fedor a lock for the sequel to Banned.

What happened? Here we are one week away from Affliction’s second attempt – Day of Reckoning – and you hear nothing about it. Sadly, the only rumblings about DoR these days are the lack of ticket sales. With only days leading up to the fights I am going out on a limb and assuming it is not going to be cancelled as was the last DoR attempt. My flight is booked; I’m heading to Anaheim to take it all in. I have a realistic amount of concern that this is the last MMA Affliction event we are going to witness so having a complete set of tickets to both Banned and DoR will make for another addition to my MMA memorabilia collection.

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Some tough fights to predict on the card. Sadly, what is not tough to predict is the outcome of Affliction.

There is really only one of two conclusions that will be reached, any debate surrounding its longevity is even tough to find in the most optimistic of blogs:

1. Affliction folds/disbands/disappears

2. Affliction is picked up by the UFC for a bucket of peanuts and assumption of remaining liabilities/contracts

Dana might just let the first option proceed uninterrupted with a grin on his face but the smart business decision for the UFC is likely option two – grab what assets are attractive, line up a Fedor fight with whatever remains on his Affliction contract, make it clear the UFC will not be disturbed by anyone. By pursuing option two, it also helps to keep the perception of robust market conditions alive and well as the UFC continues to try to become a legitimate #4 or #5 pro sport in the mainstream. Affliction folding, IFL folding, EliteXC folding doesn’t exactly send the right message about MMA to media executives around the globe.

I’m not hearing much about Megadeth for this one – I have my fingers crossed for Pantera.

  • option 2 would be the best. the issue with the other mma promotions was that they weren’t nearly as well marketed and didn’t have near the number of good fighters…fedor is probably the only one that would make a dent in the ufc. arlovsky would get killed as well as most of the others. how about fedor and the natural for one last big fight for randy then into retired legend status.

  • Bill R says:

    They will ok.

    This is one of the best cards in a long time. If Affliction can pull something out of their a-s-s and come up with a TV deal or some sort of show to showcase their guys they will be good to go.


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