i have been hesitating to post this because i didn't want to post a rumor, but it looks now like it is pretty much set now. Affliction Clothing Company has put together their first MMA event to be on PPV. it is going to be called BANNED
and will be held July 19 2008 in Anaheim, California. and they have put together a pretty good card. * Fedor Emelianenko vs Tim Sylvia
* Josh Barnett vs Pedro Rizzo
* Ben Rothwell vs Andre "The Pit Bull" Arlovski
* Aleksander Emelianenko vs Paul Buentello
* Matt Lindland vs Fabio Negao
* Renato "Babalu" Sobral vs Mike Whitehead
a couple things still bother me. one, how did they get Aleksander Emilianenko on the card? i had heard he had been trying to get a visa to fight in america for so long, but he couldn't because of his criminal record (he served 3 yrs in a russian gulag for armed robbery). somehow Affliction got him in. and the other thing that bothers me is that there is no mention of this on Affliction's website. i would figure this event would have it's own website by now. after all, if this is all true, that means it has the 5 of the top 10 ranked heavyweights in the world competing!
but i wouldn't post a rumor just because i heard it from a friend. there are other sources:
** Adrenaline MMA website
confirms Tim Sylvia and Ben Rothwell will be competing (they are both signed to Adrenaline MMA contracts).
** the last 3 paragraphs of this report state that Elite XC
is not letting their fighters wear any Affliction gear at their May 31st event, because of conflict of interest, Affliction now being their competition.
** one of the fighters scheduled to fight, Ben Rothwell, himself posted on a message board
that he is fighting Andrei Arlovski.
** here is an article
about Affliction not being able to land a TV deal with Mark Cuban and HDNet, but still set for PPV.
** and finally here is an interview on Inside MMA
, where Josh Barnett (scheduled to fight Pedro Rizzo) and Tom Atencio (VP of Affliction) are telling the world it is a done deal.
so there you have it. hopefully we'll have some official word directly from the Affliction website soon.