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.