On Saturday afternoon, FiveOuncesOfPain.com was informed by a source that a proposed deal between Affliction and HDNet appeared to have fallen through. As a result, Affliction was not able to finalize an agreement to book the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas for its first show.
The event, which is slated to be headlined by Fedor Emelianenko taking on Tim Sylvia, could now be held at The Pond in Anaheim, Calif., instead. That revelation was made by current UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture while appearing Saturday night as a guest on “Rear Naked Radio” on 105.3 FM in Dallas.
The general plan as revealed in this article made a lot more sense than the original rumors going around that HDNet was going to broadcast the event on it’s own. Instead, the general goal was for HDNet to play the prelims as a ‘warm up’ to the PPV event, and then get rights to show the event a week later. But what’s the use talking about theoretical ideas now that the deal is toast, right?
Adding on the fact that this isn’t the first high profile ‘break up’ Affliction has suffered … they also tanked when trying to lock in a deal with Golden Boy productions. My bet is they keep submitting business proposals consisting of crayon drawings of Fedor and Timmy and Barnett along with a whole bunch of $$$$$$$$$$$$ at the bottom. Of course, these proposals cause Terminator 2 style visions of money being destroyed by an apocalypse to anyone who reads it. No wonder they can’t find anyone to work with.