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Affliction roundup

Lots of news from the land of skulls and upside down fleur-de-lys. Let’s break this shit down:

  • Aleks Emelianenko vs Paul Buentello has been officially announced, and at this point I’d just like to remind everyone that Paul Buentello is NOT Ricco Rodriguez, which seems to be a common perception from a lot of people. So that means he’s not going to be beaten because he’s washed up … he’s going to be beaten because he’s simply outclassed.
  • One hour of prelims will be featured live on Fox Sports Net, which is great for the average fan, who’s more likely to get that channel with their basic package than HDNet.
  • Andrei Arlovski is still the worst kept secret on the card. Rumors have been floating forever on this, and at this point I’m sure the lawyers are just dotting their i’s and crossing their T’s in preparation for the inevitable bullshit lawsuit that Zuffa will probably unleash upon the announcement.
  • Some dude who’s from the Honda Center claims that $250k worth of tickets were sold in 30 minutes, which normally I’d call bullshit on but … well, I can see the Affliction guys overhyping, but some dude from the Honda Center?
  • Last but not least the CSAC has confirmed that Affliction has already posted a 3.5 million dollar bond to cover fighter’s purses. While many people are saying “Hah, guess that means the paydays aren’t that extreme”, please don’t forget that magic under the table money has become the standard in the MMA industry and what you see on the athletic commission payroll isn’t always what’s really being paid.

All in all, things are chugging along nicely for Affliction, which means no spectacular meltdown like there was for last Summer’s K1 Dynamite USA card. Which makes the drama llama in me sad, but the non-jaded fan in me happy.

  • S. Jennum

    $250K in tickets with prices like $1,000, $600, $500, $200, etc. = a few hundred tickets sold in a building that seats something like 18,000.

  • garth

    this is going to be a killer card. the fighters seem jacked up. if it’s one event, fuck it’s gonna be a good one.

  • godzillad

    Mark my words: This card will fall apart. Now we just play the waiting game.

  • crs

    Yeah, they’re over confident of Fedor’s drawing power in the US. I know he’s a big deal to we internets MMA fans, but I highly doubt if you polled those mouthbreathers and drunken whores who populate the UFC’s live crowd they’d have seen one of his PRIDE fights. And Sylvia sure as hell doesn’t draw money.

    But every up-start MMA promotion can at least hold their head high that no matter what disaster happens, it still can’t be worse than K-1 USA Dynamite!! in that massive out door arena they couldn’t fill with free tickets.

  • clint notestine

    I got my email newsletter from Paul Buentello a minute ago detailing his 3 fight deal with affliction.


    I’d really like to see Jennum and godzillad amp up the pessimism a bit. I haven’t seen nearly enough unfounded bitching about this card yet.

  • scorchamatic

    lulz. this card pwns and i think it’s going to be a hell of a lot more successful than people are projecting. with elite xc on cbs and affliction putting together one of the best cards ever, the ufc hopefully will finally get some competition.

  • Juijitsu365

    I don’t think that Paul Buentello will be outclassed by Aleks Emelianenko. I’ve seen Aleks struggle with a few relative unknowns and Paul Buentello is pretty tough….
    Plus Buentello is a fair boxer.

  • crs

    Yeah anybody with one punch KO power has a decent chance of getting an upset. Aleks could easily get too brave in an exchange and leave his chin out there for the taking.

  • pauli

    have they announced dj hapa’s participation yet?

  • clint notestine

    DJ hapa is the mystery fighter

  • garth

    it’s weird, the state of MMA…i could believe this card being a total flop or a total hit. of course, the commercial success of the card is entirely separate from the athletic quality of it. IFL has had a couple great cards that no one watched. if we end up with a kickass card i can watch over and over again, but affliction folds, well, tough luck affliction. but it doesn’t seem that way. they look like they’re trying to force open people’s heads a little about whats on the card.
    sylvia may not draw, but he’s a known name, and known names will make people look. a lot more than most other cards outside the UFC have going for em.

  • smoogleton

    Your logic about the Affliction bond figure is retarded. They don’t need to hand out off the books locker room bonuses because they actually have a contract which puts the fighter’s purse all in writing. That kind of shit if “standard in the MMA industry” only if your knowledge of the MMA industry is limited to the UFC.

  • fightlinker

    smoog, i think we’re agreeing. I’m saying 3.5 is the straight match contract fee given to the AC, while there’s probably a whole bunch of other money being paid to some of these guys through backdoors like sponsorship deals and promotional payments etc etc etc. That’s standard business dealings in the MMA world: what you see on the AC sheets isn’t really what’s being paid out so a 3.5 mil bond does not = a 3.5 mil lineup.