Todd Beard Resigns From Affliction
This was an absolute must for Affliction.
MarketWatch.com has the news:
The board of directors of Affliction Inc. announced today that it received and accepted the resignation of Todd Beard as an employee of the company. Mr. Beard is one of the original founders of the clothing company based in Seal Beach, California. The resignation coincides with a public apology for comments made by Mr. Beard and directed toward Randy Couture and his wife Kim Couture regarding their business relationship.
Mr. Beard also disclosed that he will be seeking treatment for anger management and alcohol abuse.
Affliction 2 shaping up with confirmation of Buentello vs 'Baby Fedor' (Babalu/Lindland official also)
A heavyweight attraction between former UFC title challenger Paul Buentello and Russian prodigy Kiril Sidelnikov is now set for the undercard of Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” event on Jan. 24, according to a report by SI.com’s Josh Gross.
The fight will be a part of HDNet’s telecast of the event’s undercard, which will be anchored by a light heavyweight bout between Vladimir Matyushenko and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
The addition of Sidelnikov is intriguing because he is one of the world’s top fighters under the age of 21 and his fight with Buentello will mark the first time the young Russian has competed on U.S. soil.
Nicknamed “Baby Fedor” by his mentors with the Russian Red Devil fight team, Sidelnikov is 4-2 in his young career. The 20-year old is considered a prodigy and a potential successor to Emelianenko as Russia’s top heavyweight fighter.
EDIT: Plus, Babalu/Lindland now
Nogueira vs. Matyushenko to headline Jan. 24 Affliction undercard on HDNet
A light heavyweight tilt between veterans Vladimir Matyushenko and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will headline HDNet’s special pre-PPV telecast of Affliction’s undercard on Jan. 24, according to a report by Josh Gross of SI.com.
The telecast will serve as a prelude to Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” pay-per-view telecast that will be headlined by WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko defending his title against former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski.
Matyushenko, 21-3, was the first and only light heavyweight champion of the International Fight League and is scheduled to compete for the first time since a second round TKO over Jamal Patterson during the IFL’s April event in East Rutherford, N.J.
A former UFC veteran, Matyushenko has won eight consecutive fights and was 6-0 during his two-year IFL stint, which marked his return to full-time competition.
Jay Hieron vs. Jason High at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning”
While yet to be officially announced, a welterweight encounter between Jay Hieron vs. Jason High is believed to be finalized for Affliction’s second-ever event on Jan. 24 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com confirmed the news early Tuesday morning with a source close to one of the fighters.
Hieron is the former welterweight champion of the now-defunct IFL and is a former UFC veteran. He is 16-4 lifetime in an MMA career that began in 2003 and holds notable victories over Mark Miller, Delson Heleno, Pat Healy, and Jake Ellenberger.
Cooperation or Competition Between Affliction and Golden Boy Promotions?
A few months ago, Affliction announced its deal with Golden Boy Promotions and crowed that this would be a major challenge to the UFC. A few weeks ago, we heard that it would no longer be a mixed show, and instead would be a pure MMA show. Now it appears that Golden Boy is putting a boxing show on HBO on January 24, the same night as Affliction's PPV.
Dave Meltzer reports in the November 5 Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Golden Boy Promotions will feature Antonio Margarito vs. Shane Mosley on HBO on January 24, 2008. That is a pretty big fight and it will air opposite of Affliction, on (almost) free TV.
Here's the rub: I don't think there is any joint promotional deal between Affliction and Golden Boy. I heard a few weeks ago that nothing was signed, and it looks like all they have is a t-shirt deal, or a production deal at most. They announced it prematurely to distract people from the fact that they cancelled their October show because it sold about 700 tickets.
Partnership between Affliction MMA and Golden Boy Promotions off
The big plan to make pay-per-view super cards featuring both MMA and boxing has apparently already been knocked out.
ESPN.com reports Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions has changed its mind about combining the two sports. Last month Golden Boy and MMA upstart Affliction announced a deal to co-promote events.
The deal came in the days following Affliction’s cancellation of a scheduled card in Las Vegas.
The move was met with skepticism from fans of both sports. However, many in the MMA world hoped the partnership could lead to bigger paydays for fighters and help make Affliction viable competition to the UFC.
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer told ESPN.com that criticism of merging the sports was part of the decision to scrap the idea.
Close but no deal: AFFLICTION AND UFC REJECT WORKING TOGETHER
Affliction Entertainment, the fledgling fight promotion that first splashed onto the MMA scene with its ubiquitous t-shirts, has rejected a bid to partner with the industry-leading UFC.
MMAWeekly.com spoke to multiple industry sources that confirmed that the basics of a deal had been brokered to allow Affliction back into the organization as a major clothing sponsor, including the possibility of UFC/Affliction co-branded apparel.
The UFC banned the clothing company in January of 2008 when they learned of Affliction’s desire to promote MMA events.
In exchange for the formal partnership, Affliction would agree to cease operations as a fight promoter. Select fighter contracts from Affliction’s talent roster would presumably be bought out by the UFC.
Rizzo wants revenge against Barnett
Pedro Rizzo wants a special gift this Christmas. After losing to Josh Barnett at Affliction’s debut, the Brazilian fighter keeps training hard to come back fighting, but he doesn’t know yet when it’ll happen. “That’s nothing set yet, I’m waiting them (Affliction) prepare the card, it seems that only Fedor (Emelianenko, against Andrei Arlovski) and Babalu (Renato Sobral, against Marr Lindland) are already confirmed. I’m training regularly”, said Rizzo.
Affliction 2 - Day Of Reckoning'' Fedor vs. Arlovski for Jan. 24 official
Through promotional materials on its website, Affliction Entertainment made official Wednesday what had been rumored for quite some time, which is that Fedor Emelianenko will defend his WAMMA heavyweight title against Andrei Arlovski during the promotion’s “Day of Reckoning” event on Jan. 24.
Also announced was the event venue, which will be the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., the site of the promotion’s debut event this past July 19. The event will be televised live on pay-per-view and will be promoted in association with Golden Boy Promotions.
Emelianenko headlined the July event against former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia. The former PRIDE heavyweight champion dropped Sylvia with a punch and then pounced on his grounded opponent, eventually finishing him with a rear naked choke just 36 seconds into the fight.
Arlovski competed on the July 9 card as well, recording a second round knockout over former IFL standout Ben Rothwell. He last competed on Oct. 4 against former IFL heavyweight champion Roy Nelson as a part of a co-promotion between Affliction and EliteXC. The bout, which was televised on CBS courtesy of its Saturday Night Fights telecast, saw Arlovski score a second round knockout over Nelson.
Thus far, Fedor vs. Arlovski is the only bout for Jan. 24 to be confirmed by Affliction.
Affliction signs Canadian featherweight Dave Pariseau
Five Ounces of Pain has learned that Affliction has signed Canadian featherweight Dave Pariseau to a three-fight contract. No date or opponent was announced for his debut.
Pariseau is a veteran of TKO, XMMA, and Ultimate Cage Wars who possesses a mixed martial arts record of 7-6-1. Pariseau holds victories over the likes of Jason St. Louis, Jacob MacDonald, and Alex Popov. Pariseau has also been in the cage with the likes of Chris Horodecki, Martin Grandmont, and Kajan Johnson, all in a losing effort.
Pariseau was last in action at XMMA 3 where he scored an impressive 19 second rear naked choke over his foe, Justin Doyon.
‘Fighting Fedor’ Reality Show in Works
Affliction has partnered with M-1 Global, which is shopping around a reality TV series called “Fighting Fedor” that will feature a 16-man tournament with the winner eventually getting a shot at Fedor Emelianenko on an Affliction card.
The partnership was officially announced Thursday at Trump Tower, along with some details on the show.
A promo video presented by M-1 Global explained that participants from various countries will travel to St. Petersburg, Russia, where they’ll train at the Red Devil camp and compete in the tournament. The video said the show will be on “American TV,” though it doesn’t have a home yet.
“We’re currently having negotiations with many different networks and channels,” said M-1 Global President Vadim Finkelchtein through an interpreter.
Finkelchtein said networks are particularly interested because the show will focus on heavyweights. He also noted the international scope of M-1 Global, which through the M-1 Challenge has hosted events this year in Spain, Holland, England, Korea and Japan...
NO NEW YEAR, NO UFC
MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday learned that Affliction Entertainment has entered into a formal partnership with M-1 Global to promote mixed martial arts events around the globe.
The two entities had already been working together, but had no formal arrangement.
The official partnership includes co-promotion of the M-1 challenge series, an international mixed martial arts tournament that pits fighters from different parts of the globe against each other. The M-1 Challenge’s next stop is scheduled for Oct. 29 in Kansas City, Mo., where Xtreme Couture light heavyweight Mike Whitehead will headline the card.
Well doesn't this make our days more dull.
After "fighting two people," Roy Nelson seeks rematch with Arlovski
While it may not have been the most aesthetically pleasing strategy, the ground-based strategy implemented by Roy Nelson (13-3) against former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski (14-5) at "EliteXC: Heat" was undeniably effective.
But after a much-discussed stand-up from the match referee -- while Nelson was working for a possible fight-ending kimura -- Nelson abandoned the strategy. Arlovski then used his quickness and athleticism to score crushing blows on the feet en route to a second-round TKO win.
Realizing the mistake his frustration caused, Nelson recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he wants a second chance.
Affliction's January Show = MMA Only
GOOD NEWS FOLKS! No boxing on Affliction's jan uary card!
The first offering from Affliction and Goldenboy Promotions in January will be a MMA only card:
Said Atencio, the partnership, which calls for quarterly events next year, is still a work in progress, though Golden Boy will heavily influence television and in-arena production.
It sounds like they had a big boxing main event a few days ago to put on top of a MMA undercard but it fell through. I think we'll be seeing Fedor/Arlovski on top, which is a fantastic main event.
Affliction admits it "would be dumb" to go head to head with UFC
The recent announcement by the UFC of a Jan. 17 event in Dublin, Ireland, could be construed as the latest salvo in a battle to crush upstart promoters Affliction.
The UFC began its counter-programming assault on Affliction from the very start, airing "UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Irvin" live on Spike TV the same night as Affliction's debut pay-per-view, "Banned."
Affliction had originally suggested it would hold its rescheduled second event, "Day of Reckoning," in Anaheim, Calif., on that same date. But Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio recently suggested to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Jan. 17 may now be off the table.
"[The UFC's announcement] didn't force us (to change dates), but it definitely -- it would be dumb for us to go head to head with them," Atencio said. "Personally I think it's dumb for both of us. Whether it's half or a quarter of the people, they're going to go for one side or the next. The chances of people getting both are going to be slim and none."
Fedor Vs Barnett: "Unlikely Within The Next Few Months"
Don't get your hopes up just yet for a Josh Barnett-Fedor Emelianenko on Affliction's next show in January.
In an article picked up by several websites, Dream middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi, who has the same agent as Emelianenko, recently told Fighters Only magazine that Barnett-Emelianeko is being considered for Affliction Entertainment's January card. Mousasi also said that Affliction wants to match him up against Vitor Belfort, a former light-heavyweight titleholder in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
But no fights have been confirmed for the January show, Tom Atencio, vice president for Affliction, told me this week. And in an e-mail message, Barnett's representative, Shannon Hooper, cast doubt on his prospects of fighting Emelianenko in the near future: "It is unlikely that Josh and Fedor will fight within the next few months."
Sobral: Ortiz is still my dream fight
After defeating Mike Whitehead at the last Affliction show, Renato “Babalu” Sobral made it very clear who he wanted to fight next. He publicly stated that Tito Ortiz is his dream fight.
Ortiz appeared destined to sign with Affliction after finally parting ways with the UFC. However, to this day, Ortiz and Affliction have not come to terms on a contract. Sobral has still not wavered on a potential match-up.
“That is my dream fight,” said Sobral, “I’d fight him for free. I’d whip that ass for free.”
Sobral and Ortiz undoubtedly had multiple opportunities to get to know each other. They both fought in the UFC for many years. Apparently, that time didn’t go very well.
“I don’t like his attitude,” said Sobral, “it would be awesome to fight him.”
Gegard Mousasi: I'm Fighting Vitor Belfort, Fedor to Fight Josh Barnett Both at Affliction's January Show
Fighter's Only mag breaks the story:
DREAM middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi expects to face Vitor Belfort on Affliction’s next MMA show in January.
Speaking to Fighters Only this week, he revealed that the US organisation wants him to fight the Brazilian, while Red Devil team mate Fedor Emelianenko may face Josh Barnett.
“I’m going to train with Fedor in preparation for Affliction in January,” he said. “I think it is Fedor against Josh Barnett and they want me to fight Vitor Belfort.”
Mousasi is part of the Red Devil International team and he shares a manager with Fedor in the shape of Vadim Finkelstein.
Notice Mousasi said "think" in regards to Fedor vs. Barnett, but it's worth acknowleding in this space. The more important story, though, is that if true Affliction scrapped their Arlovski vs. Barnett fight in favor of bringing Fedor into the fold. Without getting confirmation from Affliction regarding these developments we should take the news with a grain of salt. But if true, this portends a great deal for Arlovski and his future with Affliction as well as Golden Boy's first co-promoted show. Add to that having Mousasi introduced to American fans and we have exciting (though not terribly marketable) developments.