by: Jack Bratcher
I can’t think of another weekend in the history of MMA that has had so much action going on. First, there is the Affliction card in Anaheim featuring the best Heavyweight line-up ever assembled on July 19. Then we have the UFC Fight Night 14 in Las Vegas also on July 19 and finally DREAM 5 taking place in Japan the following night. There’s enough MMA going on this weekend to satisfy even the most hardcore fans of the sport. We here at PRO MMA want to assist MMA fans by letting you know exactly how you can watch all of these events and witness everything this historic weekend has to offer and also let you in on how you can watch some behind-the-scenes interviews and get to know some of the fighters up close and personal.
Doug Jacobs, President of Integrated Sports, the national Closed Circuit distributor of “Affliction Banned, announced that “the response from closed circuit locations is unprecedented and surpasses the number of locations that show many big PPV boxing matches.”
Here’s a complete list of how and where you can watch Affliction: Banned, including Closed Circuit distributors who will be airing the event live; for example, locations such as Bailey’s in Goodlettsville and Nashville, TN and most Buffalo Wild Wings throughout the country.
“Affliction Banned,” presented by Affliction Entertainment, is so stacked with talent that it had to be separated into two live shows produced for broadcast. The night’s activities will kick off with a one-hour, free live telecast on FSN® (Fox Sports Net) in the United States and on The Fight Network in Canada starting at 5 PM Pacific (8 PM/ET), dubbed “Affliction Live.” Following that is “Affliction Banned” — five incredible fights on pay-per-view starting at 6 PM/PT (9 PM/ET) via iN DEMAND, TVN, Shaw Communications, Viewers Choice Canada, DirecTV, DISH Network, Bell ExpressVue and Star Choice in the United States and Canada for a suggested retail price of $39.95.
Tom Atencio reported last night on TAGG Radio that there are still about 1,000-2,000 tickets left for sale. If you live in the Anaheim area and want to attend the event, chances are very good you can still get a ticket. Tickets for “Affliction Banned” range between $50.00 and $1,000.00, and are on sale at Honda Center’s Box Office and also online at Ticketmaster.com.
UFC Fight Night 14 featuring Middleweight Champion, Anderson Silva’s foray into the 205 lb. Light Heavyweight Division against a very tough James Irvin. Fans who aren’t fortunate enough to attend the event live in Las Vegas can catch the show on Spike TV starting at 8pm CST Saturday night. Spike TV will also air Ultimate Knockouts 5 prior to Fight Night 14. Besides the main event, there are a number of other great matches on the card featuring such fighters as Brandon Vera, C.B. Dolloway, Jesse Taylor, Hermes Franca, Frankie Edgar and others.
If the UFC and Affliction events weren’t enough, then early Monday morning you can catch DREAM 5 airing live from Japan on HD NET at 2 a.m. CST. This event will feature the conclusion of their Lightweight Grand Prix. Some of the fighters featured on the DREAM card include Caol Uno, Shinya Aoki, and Eddie Alvarez. Here’s one of our previous articles on DREAM 5 if you would like to know more about this event. Special note about the LW Grand Prix event is that Kid Yamamoto will not be fighting.
Editor’s Note: Live, on location coverage will be going on all weekend long from the Affliction event. We here at PRO MMA will have exclusive photos and interviews from the event. Check out our Affliction: Banned Photos and Videos page for a large collection of exclusives. For a very special treat tune in to TAGG Radio tonight at 7pm and also tomorrow for pre-fight and post-fight interviews and commentary.