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Megadeth to rock out between fights at Affliction

Even if I was a fan of Megadeth (which I’m not – MASTADON 4 LIFE), the thought of them at an MMA show blasting my eardrums out between fights just doesn’t sound very fun to me. But that’s what’s happening at Affliction’s first event:

Last month Affliction MMA Vice President Tom Atencio had promised a major musical act would be part of the debut event, though the rumors initially centered on Ozzy Osbourne.

Instead, it’ll be Megadeth. Like many other musical groups (and athletes and celebrities), Megadeth and Osbourne have both been involved with Affliction’s popular clothing line.

The group will mix in performances between fights throughout the night. A portion of the “Affliction: Banned” preliminary card airs on FSN, and the main card airs live on pay per view.

Now I’m not privy to the popularity levels of different metal groups, but I’m pretty sure Ozzy is bigger than Megadeth. I like to think that having them instead of Osbourne play is indicitive of the overall card: it’s for the hardcore fans, not those pussies who only like the mainstream stuff. Of course, the big questions is if there’s enough hardcores out there to sell out the arena and do decent numbers on PPV. Past experience tells me that many hardcores are also leeches who would rather download the show than spend a dime to support their passion. So with that I’m thinking these guys may still be fucked.

  • Boondock

    Dude wtf is wrong with you. You think megadeth playing at an MMA event is a bad idea? This has been my favorite site for some time but this is without a doubt the stupidest post you’ve ever made and I’m not even a huge megadeth fan. Harp on Elite XC for the rap and shit like that. I don’t think megadeth is going to be bringing in or turning away viewers but is it a bad idea? Fuck no.

  • ekc

    about 10 years ago, i saw megadeth in texas with about 500 people… and for some reason i decided to yell, “FAG!” in between songs… well, Dave heard me and threated to kill me… i was just like “oh shit.”

    anyhoot… i just wish they did have a band like Mastodon play or better yet, THE SWORD!!!

    just ask esther, she knows whats up.

  • S. Jennum

    Boondock is apparently the last person left who listens to Megadeth.

  • dy-no-mite3000

    Mastondon would have been fun too. Oh well.

    I’ll be watching UFN14 on my tv aaaaaaaand the stream will be running Affliction on the Mac. :)

    Fuck pay per view.

  • dy-no-mite3000

    The 40 bucks I’ll save on the PPV will go toward keeping my bong filled all night long and maybe some cheetos.

  • Lifer

    they havent really done it for me since countdown to extinction.

    ryan i thought you’d be down with their hit single from their followup album ‘tout le monde’ or whatever the fuck it was called.

  • Foojita

    Mastodon and the Sword?

    Do we really need the whole arena smoking weed?

  • Omomatta

    To match their super gay shirts I figure they’d go with ManOwaR or Stryper.

  • dy-no-mite3000

    Foojita…. yes. yes we do. Can’t wait for NY to quietly pass that MediWeed bill that’s quietly being sent around the NY State senate for the past year with a strong possibility for it to quietly find it’s way onto the ballots in November.

  • Ark

    How do these deals work?

    Are they actually paying a good chunk of change to have Megadeth perform for them or is there usually some kind of arrangement that my primate brain cannot envision?

  • MadMan

    megadeth brings the attitude i like for mma. they may be a little out-dated, but if thy play their old shit–they’ll be a hit.

    Peace sells..but who’s buying

  • dy-no-mite3000

    Ark: PROBABLY…. An appearance fee to perform live, plus a cut of the gate and ppv money. Incentive clauses, ie. since it’s been said that 8k tickets were sold, that maybe from the Megadeath announcement if there’s a large boom in ticket sales that Megadeath would be credited with it and subsequently compensated. The same could be said for PPV sales if there’s a feeling that if they reach X amount of buys that Megadeath could earn more cash off that.
    Then again anything is possible it seems nowadays. Maybe the UFC will have Metallica perform on July 19th just to spite Dave Mustane

  • Xavier

    I was considering ordering the PPV.

    Now I am not. I am not paying money so time can be filled by a garbage metal band.

  • koolpaw

    but I would commit suicide if it was

    Elton John

  • Asa

    Holy shit, this is a bad idea for the same fucking reason hip-hop acts are a bad idea. There’s no chance that everyone in the arena is going to agree on any one kind of music. Everyone in the audience paid to see fighters fight, not sit through live music they don’t like.

    Considering the reports are that they’ve only sold 8k tickets, they need to decide what percentage of those people they want going home associating Affliction with annoying music they didn’t like and didn’t pay for.

  • Bandildo

    Mastadon? Mastondon? …

  • MadMan

    If this song won’t ‘universally’ pump up a crowd–then I don’t know what will.

    Symphony of Destruction

  • Popetastic

    Megadeth is the shit. Say what you will about the relevance to this event, but as a metal band, they’re just as good as they ever were. I couldn’t care less about any band playing an MMA event, because it smacks of the same type of crap as a Superbowl halftime show, even if the band is good.

    But please. Don’t knock this band unless you don’t like metal to begin with. Otherwise you’d know they’re still selling out arenas and doing huge tours every year.

  • Preach

    Oh yeah, Megadeth…

    *knock* *knock*
    “Who’s there?”

    For those that don’t know what i’m talking about:

    Two words: epic fail!

  • Reverend Clint

    they must not be expecting too many people at the show if they have a full stage for Megadeth

  • garth

    Asa: Holy shit, this is a bad idea for the same fucking reason hip-hop acts are a bad idea. There’s no chance that everyone in the arena is going to agree on any one kind of music. Everyone in the audience paid to see fighters fight, not sit through live music they don’t like.

    ^ bingo. is affliction the next “lifestyle” company for MMA? remember bodog’s attempt and how well that worked out?

  • garth

    clint, maybe megadeth will run out into the cage between fights with acoustic guitars
    or they’ll have an orchestra pit.
    of course, if they were awesome they’d have a flying stage that was lowered down on massive chains dripping gore. but they could never be as awesome as DETHKLOK.

  • dude

    Barnett is going to be rocking out way too hard to fight. I’m going to have to call Rizzo by head kick when Barnett drops his hands to air guitar “Killing is my business..”

  • D-Rock

    Your picture of megadeth is wrong.

    Marty Friedman isn’t the lead guitarist for Megadeth anymore.

    He actually lives in Japan and plays in a pop jap band.

    Just thought you might want to know fightlinker. Change the picture damnit!

  • Reverend Clint

    the cage/ring floor will open up and megadeth will rise up surrounded by fog and sweaty bitches. Will Megadeth be wearing Affliction shirts or top hats?

  • jakey

    Megadeth are the band Metallica could have been….

  • kentyman

    Now that you mention it, Clint, this would’ve been a better choice:

  • stupid dumb ass

    wahhhh i like to complain for everything.why megadeth wahhhh


    Does anyone know why Mustaine was kicked out of Metallica?

  • Roxy

    I love Megadeath!!!

  • jaydog

    Just like you can count on Fedor to bring the pain to Big Tim, I swear you can count on Megadeth to rock the house. Hair metal may be cheesy, but Megadeth were particularly groundbreaking with their thrash arrangements and relatively progressive political lyrics. It may be sad to see a has-been band on stage during one of the best MMA cards in a long time, but they’re name recognition could do more good than you think.

    If you don’t like Megadeth, then you haven’t heard thier 1990 album, Rust in Peace.”

  • garth

    i’ve heard almost every megadeth album, and i still don’t like them. but i like other stupid shit so i can’t complain too much. i will, but i shouldn’t, i guess i should say

  • Jose Bastillo

    Live music between fights is a shitty idea. So shitty, it should have a diaper with a warning on how runny it is. All the people that think this is a good idea is a damn newbie who would change their mind if they saw the event live. The rest of us, who have experienced live bands at MMA events know this is a diaper filled idea. Affliction is off to a bad start. I can’t wait to read the press the next day to see all the media bashing the “live band” idea.

  • DannyP72

    At least Barnett will be happy

  • garth

    and to boondock and his outsized reaction to this post: dude, fightlinker’s done WAY stupider shit than this. in fact, i don’t even think it’s stupid. but there’s such a rich tapestry of stupid to choose from! four words: starts with “two boys…”

  • Esther

    I have not yet seen a live band at an MMA event (oh wait, I have, but it was a local band and the fights were in Orange County so obviously it was terrible) and I’m looking forward to it even though I don’t really like Mustaine’s voice.

    But like Clint, I’d like to know if they’re going to wear top hats.

  • Popetastic

    I’m pretty sure he got into a fist-fight with Hetfield. He also electrocuted Ron McGovney or some shit… Anyway, Megadeth is ten times the band Metallica ever was.

  • Popetastic

    @ Kentyman

    Dave Mustaine > Slash… by a lot.

  • Carcass

    Who are this Mastadon of whom you speak? Are they the same as Mastodon? :P

    Mastodon rule btw, but Megadeth are great too. Certainly an improvement over the wiggers.

  • Lifer

    what about Down?

  • Preach


  • Reverend Clint

    Slayer is better

  • Johnny

    I had “Symphony of Destruction” going through my head all day Wednesday. What a shitty song. Dave Mustaine must have got a speech impediment from all that heroin.

  • jakey


  • Popetastic


    what about Down?”

    HELL YES. The Brotherhood of Eternal Sleep.

  • Joon4s

    I don’t have anything against megadeth, but a live performance in a MMA event in general. I’m there to watch the fights, not the skanky ho’s, DJ’s or fucking live bands. It’s more of a spectacle feat than a real sport. Ditch the extra shit and focus on the fights for fuck’s sake.

  • Lifer

    I’m so fuckin’ there for the skanky hoes!

  • Lifer

    Bring ‘em on, line ‘em up, and make ‘em dance!

  • kentyman


    Top hat always beats no top hat. That’s why everyone likes Abe Lincoln and Mr. Peanut so much.

  • Popetastic

    Ah, well-said.

  • Rob Enderle

    > but I’m pretty sure Ozzy is bigger than Megadeth.

    I hate both music but Megadeth is a band that people respect as well as being pretty decent musicians.

    Ozzy is a joke.
    Ok, hes a joke who has made a lot of money from his queer reality TV appearances playing off of his brain damaged personna. He’s more of a vegetable than Momo Ali. And in pop music, you can sell brain dead. Being that dumb is not a hindrance…. hell, Im sure there have been a few bimbos with gold albums who have a flat EEG reading.

    Ozzy is ripe for the freak show lovers at EliteXC, the same nitwits who love Ozzy are the same who thing Kimbo is a legitimate MMA fighter. If you are seen by millions on Youtube or millions on MTV, you are famous, ergo, you are good at what you do.

    Not a fan of MEgadeth but definitely a good choice.

    And fuck Metallica!