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Josh Barnett added to Affliction’s ‘Banned’ show

Despite it’s troubles, Affliction is rolling on with it’s plans to hold a completely bonkers first event. In addition to Tim Sylvia vs Fedor, Josh Barnett has just revealed that a rematch against Pedro Rizzo is also pretty close to being locked in.

That’s pretty cool news, and if the show actually comes together (and to me that’s a pretty big IF), it’s going to be quite wicked. Of course that’s me talking from a fight mark’s point of view. If you asked me what I thought of the general execution I’d say so far Affliction is doing it’s best to make this the biggest money bonfire since K1 Dynamite USA.

And get this: they’re calling the event ‘Banned’. Ya know, because other promotions aren’t willing to support them since they became competition.


    During the main event Barnett needs to storm the ring/cage (anyone know which it’ll be?) and take out both Fedor and Timmay with chairshots.

  • clint notestine

    Sweet maybe Fedor will finally meet Barnett down the road.

  • Higgz

    I’m starting to really hate Affliction. First it was just their stupid shirts, now their business strategies are even stupider than their shirts look.

    It’s clear that this company is being ran by borderline retarded art school drop outs who just want to get to meet their favorite fighters so they’re throwing a card with all of them on their. Their contracts are just a way for them to get autographs.

  • Mike_N

    If they’re willing to bankrupt themselves to put on Fedor vs. Timmay and Barnett vs. Rizzo, then who am I to stop them?

  • MarleyMarl

    haha exactly mike_n.

    I’m looking forward to the fights for this event.

  • Jersey Tomato

    My money is on Josh in this go-round. I have seen Pedro since he returned from his “hiatus” and he had been anything but impressive. It appears he used those 14 months outside the ring/cage to belly up to the buffet line and go to town on chicken wings and french fries. Long gone are the days when he could go toe-to-toe with the Natural for 5 rounds. Barnett will wear him down and grind out a victory to set up a possible dream match with the Russian Experiment. Too bad Affliction will have burned all their cash by then and Fedor will be shelved another 15 months waiting for some dumb ass promotion to overpay for his services.

    Someone ought to provide Fedor’s manager with a calculator so that he can see that three fights per year at, say, $500K is less than one fight per year at $1,000,000. I haven’t check but am pretty sure they sell calculators in St. Petersburg. Fighting so infrequently has made me respect Fedor less and less.

  • nem0

    Is there any artist credit with that pic? It looks like something by one of the dudes at Capcom or SNK.

  • jd

    As much as I hate Tim Sylvia, i would love to see him somehow smash Fedor. That would be sweet.

  • ajadoniz

    it certainly sounds like a bunch of rich mma fanboys got together and put this event together. we should look at it as how fucking awesome the card is looking to be and not worry about the financials because obviously they don’t give a fuck. AND if the event is really called ‘Banned’ then it only solidifies my theory. good for them and i can’t wait.