Affliction opens more seats for 'Day of Reckoning'
Affliction announced today that due to high demand, more seats will be made available for "Day of Reckoning" at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
"Despite the tight economy, fight fans are choosing 'Day of Reckoning' as the must-see event of the year, with its stacked to bursting line-up of stellar matches from top to bottom," the promotion's press release stated. "Day of Reckoning," headlined by a title bout between former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko versus former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski, takes place Saturday, Jan. 24.
Tom Atencio: "No truth" to rumors of poor Affliction ticket sales
Although Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio is tight-lipped about specific sales totals for the Jan. 24 "Affliction: Day of Reckoning" event, he maintains sales are "comparable" to its first show that took place in July 2008.
However, despite his satisfaction, many reports in the past week have pegged actual sales numbers for the event at just 1,500 to 2,000 of the 15,000 available tickets for the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Mark Hominick off Jan. 24 Affliction card with pneumonia, replacement secured
A bout of pneumonia has forced veteran featherweight Mark Hominick (16-8) off the Jan. 24 "Affliction: Day of Reckoning" card, Affliction Entertainment today announced.
Hominick was set to meet L.C. Davis (12-1) on the event's HDNet-televised preliminary card. The main card for the event, which takes place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., airs on pay per view.
Tom Atencio today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) a replacement for Hominick has been secured, and he said the fighter will be revealed in the next few days once a bout agreement has been signed.
Josh Barnett prepared for eventual showdown with Fedor Emelianenko
Josh Barnett (23-5) is a victory away from putting friendship aside to fight Fedor Emelianenko (28-1).
A bout between the two heavyweight stalwarts is one that longtime MMA fans have been clamoring about for ages. While Emelianenko and Barnett toiled alongside one another for more than two years in PRIDE, their paths never crossed in the ring.
Top Mexican Featherweights to Clash at Affliction II
On January 24, MMA Champion Albert Rios will face Tijuana native and the number-one ranked fighter in Mexico, Antonio Duarte at Affliction M-1 "Day Of Reckoning" at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. This is the second mixed martial arts event for Affliction Entertainment, following the incredible success of their debut MMA event, "Affliction Banned" In July of 2008. The Rios vs. Duarte bout, along with four other "Day of Reckoning" undercard fights, will air live on HDNet, prior to the start of the Pay-Per-View telecast which will feature six other fights, including the main event bout between Fedor Emelianenko and Andrei Arlovski.
Tito Ortiz's Ego Strikes Again...
Fedor is going to know that his striking is not as good as Arlovski’s...
I think Fedor has to get past Arlovski before he starts thinking about Tito Ortiz...
I’m not a fighter to be taken advantage of. I’m not a fighter to have people walk over me and not promote me. That’s the problem I’ve had time and time again with the UFC.
Speaking engagement in Gresham, OR
just figured out about it but thought people in the Northwest would want to know. But from what I heard Ken Shamrock, Prangley and Lindland and MARK Hughes will be speaking including many other fighters will most likely attend.
For Matyushenko, Little Nog Just The Beginning OF Affliction Run
Riding an eight-fight win streak, former IFL light-heavyweight champion (21-3) may very well be the best fighter many MMA fans have never heard of. The 11-year veteran has fought for the UFC, IFL and IFC, but continues to remain just outside of most discussion concerning the world's best 205-pound fighters. Now scheduled to face Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (15-3)-- twin brother of former UFC and PRIDE champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira -- at "Affliction: Day of Reckoning" on Jan. 24 in Anaheim, Calif., "The Janitor" looks to make a clean sweep of his new organization's expanding light-heavyweight roster.
Quick Quote: Fedor Means MMA Business
Fedor Emelianenko recently explained that preparations for his upcoming fight with Andrei Arlovski were to blame for his recent-and very rare-loss at the World Sambo Championships. He also was not upset with only winning bronze instead of gold.
Gilbert Yvel cleared to fight by California commission (*UPDATED: Yvel Not Cleared Yet*)
One of the more controversial fighters of the past decade is heavyweight Gilbert Yvel. Yvel is scheduled to face Josh Barnett in the co-main event at Affliction Entertainment’s “Day of Reckoning” PPV on January 24. The problem with signing Yvel is that he has had a multitude of licensing issues with the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
The VP of Affliction Entertainment, Tom Atencio, confirmed that Yvel can fight in California.
“Yvel has been cleared through the CSAC (California State Athletic Commission),” said Atencio.
Gilbert Yvel's Unlikely Advocate......Josh Barnett
News that Dutch striker Gilbert Yvel was scheduled to face Josh Barnett at Affliction’s upcoming “Day of Reckoning” raised many eyebrows.
Few fighters in the game are as controversial as Yvel. Despite one of the most exciting and explosive skill sets in the heavyweight division, his career has been marred by several in-ring incidents that made him unemployable to most big promotions. Among the most notorious: biting a referee in a 1998 bout in Russia, eye gouging Don Frye at PRIDE 16, and most alarmingly, knocking out a referee in 2004 at a show in Finland.
In February of 2007, the Nevada State Athletic Commission denied Yvel a license to fight for his past misbehaviors.
To ensure he will licensed for “Reckoning,” Yvel and his representatives will meet with Assistant Executive Officer Bill Douglas in early January for a closed-door session.
Affliction's Tom Atencio unfazed by competition from UFC, WEC, Golden Boy
Despite a crammed month of combat-sports offerings from the Ultimate Fighting Championship, World Extreme Cagefighting and even partner Golden Boy Productions, Tom Atencio believes January's "Affliction: Day of Reckoning" event is poised for success.
In fact, Atencio, Affliction's Vice President, thinks the show could outdo its debut event "Banned," which took place in July and drew 14,832 spectators with more than 100,000 pay-per-view buys.
Vitor Belfort the boxer?
The fighter most excited by the recent alliance between Affliction Entertainment and Golden Boy Promotions is Vitor Belfort. Belfort made it clear that he wants to take up boxing in the very near future.
“I want to fight boxing - professional,” Belfort said, “I hope Golden Boy can make that happen.”
To this point, Belfort has not signed with Golden Boy or any other boxing promotion. He made it clear that this is the first official declaration of his intentions.
“I just made the first announcement today that I am interested,” Belfort said, “I am just going see who the person is that I need to negotiate with - now is the time with Golden Boy involved”
Tom Atencio Talks Future Of Affliction, Gina Carano And More...
Affliction's Tom Atencio recently spoke with Gary Herman of 15rounds.com. Notable quote:
Q: Is there a certain number of shows you’re looking to do in 2009?
TA: Right now, we are looking at four events for 2009, but that could change. Right now, I’m just looking at the January show, and the next show would be about four to five months from there.
Affliction signs Tito Ortiz - as a broadcaster, not a fighter
In a Monday release, Affliction Entertainment announced that Ortiz would be part of the star-studded press conference for its Jan. 24 pay-per-view event. The announcement even prompted some reports that, during today's event, Ortiz would announce he had signed a fight contract with the company.
Instead, Ortiz was introduced as a color commentator for the "Day of Reckoning" broadcast.
No Shadow, Arlovski Could Change Everything
Vadim Finkelstein made an offer; Andrei Arlovski refused.
It was 2005, the time of Arlovski's reign as UFC heavyweight champion. His talent and ambition had brought him Stateside in April of 2000 after capturing the European crown of Finkelstein's promotion, M-1 Mix Fight, earlier that year. His UFC 28 debut was a success, announcing his presence in the then-struggling company with a submission victory over Aaron Brink.
Arlovski slowly worked his way to the top of the UFC's heavyweight division, persisting through setbacks at UFC 32 and 36 to wrest the interim, and later official, title away from Tim Sylvia at UFC 51. He was living his American dream.
Then, his old boss came calling.
"Vadim contacted me and said, 'I want you to be a member of my team; train with Fedor,'"
In a sport where an evening of hyperextensions and blood-faucet noses is considered getting off lightly, it should come as little surprise that some real savages occasionally enter the ring. You’ve got to have a misplaced synapse or two to eat pain for a living.