I find it pretty funny that people are so perplexed and/or outraged re: Affliction being banned from different events … first the UFC and now EliteXC as well. Let’s put it this way: having fighters wearing Affliction shirts at these events would be like having people drinking Pepsi in a Coke commercial (and not vomiting / bursting into flames as a result). As soon as Affliction revealed it’s intention to throw events, Dana White gave em the boot. EliteXC waited a bit longer (probably to make sure they weren’t just going to give up now like they should), but they’ve also banned the shirts now. And they’re fucking right to do it.
Now you know me … I’m a leftwing communist pinko, so I’m all about fighters making more money. But trying to blame the UFC and EliteXC for cutting into fighter sponsorships this time is kinda whack. It’s not like Affliction is sitting in the corner, minding it’s own business and saying “What did I do to deserve that???” They’re about to launch their own fucking promotion, people. Competition. Not indirect. Not kinda similiar. Direct competition.
Making this move and not expecting a ban like this was uber-shortsighted of the Affliction guys. As shortsighted as blowing several million dollars on their first event? It’s close. Because while their event is going to blow through a shitload of cash they’ve already made, the ban is going to cut their legs out from under them and keep them from making more money in the future. While Affliction is still the official brand of UFC meatheads everywhere, it won’t take long for another tacky company to take it’s place. Just please dear baby Jesus in your manger looking all cute and omnipotent, don’t let it be ‘One More Round’.