PRO MMA (promma.info) has learned from several sources that Affliction Entertainment is looking at possibly having a show on July 11th which is also the same night that UFC 100 is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada.
According to reports, Affliction has approached several fighters about taking fights for less than what their contract states in exchange for the fights being shown on live TV instead of pay-per-view. Dallas, Texas has been named as a possible location for the show although nothing has been finalized.
Apparently, Affliction would like to give the UFC a taste of their own medicine. In the past, the UFC has shown free live events and past pay-per-views on Spike TV as counter-programming to Affliction shows airing the same night.
The only way Affliction could make a significant impact on the highly publicized UFC 100 pay-per-view numbers, is if the Affliction event (which will most likely be headlined by Fedor Emelianenko versus Josh Barnett) is broadcast for free on a major network such as CBS or NBC. If it is shown on a smaller network such as FSN or HDNET it is doubtful it would negatively impact the UFC pay-per-view.
All talks are preliminary at this point but rumor has it this could also be Affliction’s last show. Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio would neither confirm or deny the report.
Update: Boxing superstar, Floyd Mayweather Jr., could possibly appear on a July 11th Affliction card as part of a hybrid boxing/MMA event. Stay tuned to PRO MMA (promma.info) for more details on this and all your MMA news.
By: Dusty Adams