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More problems for the Affliction promotion

After a few weeks of complete silence regarding WTF is going on with the quickly approaching July Sylvia/Fedor fight, we now have this bit of grim news:

On Saturday afternoon, 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.

  • RoB

    i hope this is true!!!!! i live close to the pond

  • clint notestine

    I see this a plus in that the fight card will not be in Texas and instead will be in LA. This way everyone will get full disclosure of fight money and testing for drugs. Plus the LA area and Cali in general is 2nd only to Vegas as the home of MMA.

  • Kris

    I’m not entirely convinced that the deal with Golden Boy is off. If anyone tuned in to the De La Hoya match last night there were Affliction banners hanging from the rafters and printed right on the mat. It could simply have been purchased by affliction but if there was a falling out like we heard there was I doubt they’d still have the ads up. Just my observations…

  • fightlinker

    I don’t think it’s a ‘falling out’ persay … but i doubt they’re moving forward as any kind of significant partnership.

  • kentyman

    I could not be more disappointed. I guess I won’t be seeing this fight in person after all.