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Golden Boy and Affliction

Well, it didn’t even get started before it was over: word is floating around that the Golden Boy / Affliction team-up has fallen apart before it even got onto it’s feet: has received unconfirmed reports that Golden Boy Promotions has walked away from a rumored promotional partnership with Affliction Clothing due to control issues. Affliction’s promotional effort has made a splash in the industry this year, reportedly signing several high profile free agents to lucrative contracts with large signing bonuses in addition to potentially working with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.

While attention-wise the falling was a candle to the bright fiery sun of destruction that represented M-1 Global imploding, I personally think this story is way more important. M-1 Global was never much more than a big joke – I was worried about what I was going to cover once Evan Tanner stopped drinking, but those clowns filled in quite nicely. The Golden Boy / Affliction duo was looking to be much more formidable. Well, actually I guess the Golden Boy part of the equation was looking to be pretty formidable. I really don’t know what Affliction was bringing to the table past tacky clothing and a few million bucks.

  • Captain

    Is that really the Golden Boy logo? God it’s fuckin gay. Not as gay as Oscar wearing fishnet stockings but still pretty fuckin gay nonetheless.

  • danaunclefesterwhite

    This is a big blow. If Golden Boy was going to get involved in MMA, they would have easily become the frontrunner competitor for Zuffa. But with just Affliction getting this thing going, they’ll get bored after losing a lot of money on one card when they figure out that fighters like Fedor, Aleksander and Barnett are not big draws in North America and then fold.

    DREAM still has the best shot if they don’t get kicked off of TBS. Japanese MMA has fallen from grace since the yakuza scandal. PRIDE Total Elimination Absolute, PRIDE’s last event on Fuji TV I think, had a 17.6% TV rating while DREAM had almost half that, 8.9%. If DREAM want to be a major player, they need to be more than Zombie Bushido. PRIDE Bushido always played second fiddle to PRIDE’s main show. The Japanese casual fan only likes to see guys over 200 pounds except for Kazushi Sakuraba, Funaki and Kid Yamamoto. Oddly enough, K-1 MAX has had some strong ratings but the casual fans just aren’t into light weight MMA fighters.

    I like Mark Cuban’s cautious approach but HDNet Fights needs to put on more of their own events for a change. They show a ton of MMA on their channel but most of the quality of the MMA isn’t great. They only aired two of their own events, one in October and one in December. There’s no sign of another event yet.

    Between Golden Boy getting out of the MMA business early, M-1 Global being a disaster from the start, the ailing of the Japanese MMA market, Mark Cuban taking very small baby steps in MMA, ProElite being a pro wrestling circus, IFL sucking ass and BodogFIGHT going into obscurity, the great competitive hope for Zuffa doesn’t seem to be anywhere in sight.

  • Captain

    Just to be clear, I don’t actually have anything against gay people (Ryan). So if anybody writing or posting on here is gay (Ryan), no offense.

  • x5BoltMainx

    Another one bites the dust. Or in Captain’s mind, another bites the pillow.

  • fightlinker

    i loooooooove women!

  • x5BoltMainx

    But they only love you if you pay upfront.

  • RoB

    you dont pay a hooker to love you, you pay her to leave.

  • Xavier

    Yay, this is great news. More UFC monopoly please, I like seeing the best fights rather than reading blog after blog regarding free agents and company rivalries.