CBS Title Bout Saturday, Bar Exam Monday
Nick Thompson (Pictures) has eaten "chicken, brown rice and spinach to the point of nausea." He doesn’t see his friends, rarely spends time with his family and never goes out on weekends. Vacations? The man didn’t even go on his honeymoon.
This ascetic lifestyle represents only a fraction of the sacrifices professional fighters like Thompson make to compete in the dog-eat-dog world of mixed martial arts.
Training alongside former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk (Pictures) at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy, Thompson pushes his conditioning to the limit day after day with the same type of insane “caveman workouts” that garnered Sherk attention at the Athletic Performance Institute. If you recall the pre-event broadcast for UFC 73 last July, those same drills had Sherk growling and gnashing his teeth like a feral beast.
Sherk caught a lot of flak for his steroid debacle, but his grit cannot be questioned. As Sherk’s training partner, Thompson feels a lot of the “Muscle Shark’s” blue-collar mentality has rubbed off on him, which, in turn, has been critical in transforming him into a consummate professional in everything from training to dieting.
Affliction 2: November 8?
That's the likely plan according to sources close to Affliction. Affliction's VP would only say, however that "When" is the beginning of November and "Where" hasn't been decided upon yet.
"Affliction: Banned" draws 14,832 for $2.1 million gate
This past Saturday's "Affliction: Banned" event drew a total attendance of 14,832 -- a small increase from the night's announced attendance of 13,988 -- for a live gate of $2,085,510.
The numbers, certified by the California State Athletic Commission, were today sent to media members, including MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The debut event for Affliction Entertainment took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Part of the card aired on FSN before switching to pay per view.
Of the 14,832 total tickets, 11,242 were sold, and 3,590 were complimentary and given away.
Although initially announced as a sold-out event, the CSAC reports that 15,572 tickets were available, and 740 went unsold/unused. The majority of those "deadwood" tickets were from the $200 (352 tickets) and $100 (248)sections.
Among the event's 3,590 complimentary tickets, most were for the cheapear seating areas, including the $150 (1,079), $100 (822) and $50 (652) sections. Ticket prices ranged from $45 to $1,000.
*MMATraining Affliction Write up (Funny + Pics)
These guys did a write up that had me laughing pretty hard plus a bunch of pics.
Check it out here
This made me laugh:
1. Megadeath. I mean really ugly. These guys sucked in the 80’s and it turns out they continue to suck. That being said, the crowd seemed in to it… until they realized it really was Megadeath.
DREAM 5 Preview
An absolutely huge weekend for American MMA has overshadowed what looks to be a very solid card from Japan's heavyweight organization, Dream. The love child of Dream Stage Entertainment and K-1's Fighting and Entertainment Group, Dream's efforts have steadily improved with each card. This offering should continue that trend, highlighted by an extremely exciting and relevant conclusion to the Light Weight Grand Prix.
The first semi-final fight pits rising Rubber Guard juggernaut Shinya Aoki with the poular Japanese veteran Caol Uno. Uno surprised the MMA world by defeating the relentless Mitsuhiro Ishida by rear naked choke in the quarter final round. He has an uphill battle, however, with the "Tobikan Judan" who will have a decided size advantage and owns a better grappling pedigree. Aoki enters the bout with victories over American Top Team star Gesias Cavalcante and Japanese wrestler Katsuhiko Nagata.
Alvarez proving himself against the world’s top lightweights
Great interview with Eddie, here's wishing him well tonight!
Eddie Alvarez didn’t get into mixed martial arts intending to be a champion, but the Philadelphia native is a couple of wins away from winning the prestigious DREAM Lightweight Grand Prix and establishing himself as one of the best in the world in his weight class.
A two-time All America wrestler in high school, Alvarez says he was no stranger to the occasional scuffle and figured he may as well get paid to do it.
“In the beginning I was just doing it as a hobby,” Alvarez says.
But it didn’t take long for Alvarez (14-1) to make a name for himself on the New Jersey MMA circuit, utilizing his heavy hands, strong boxing skills and wrestling background. In just his fifth professional fight, Alvarez defeated experienced journeyman Seichi Ikemoto with a second round TKO, one of ten knockouts in his career.
Affliction Pay-per-view Expectations & Bar Sales
The pay-per-view numbers for Affliction: Banned will be among some of the most anticipated and watched of the year. A strong number will be evidence that there is a market for MMA outside of the UFC. A weak number will provide support to the notion that there is no market for MMA, only for the UFC. The obvious question then is: what constitutes a good or a bad number?
Last week, Affliction Entertainment COO Michael Cohen told MMAPayout.com that he guaranteed the event would do above 50,000 buys, while Affliction VP Tom Atencio has publicly stated that it would take 250,000 buys for the show to break even. Based on the fact that no MMA event outside of the UFC has broken 100,000 buys, conventional wisdom around the industry is that anything above that mark would be a success.
MMAPayout.com has learned that bar sales for Banned are believed to have been around 700. For comparison, it is believed that the UFC typically has between 750-1,000 in bar sales. However, it should be noted that it isn’t clear whether or not the Affliction event was offered at a discount to the UFC’s events.
That number may give credence to what appeared to be a growing sense of optimism concerning the event’s chances on pay-per-view within the industry over the last week. Officials at InDemand were also reportedly excited about the events prospects.
The Secret's Out: Fedor's the Best MMA Has
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Going into Saturday's Affliction fight card — billed with characteristic modesty as "the greatest MMA show of All-time" — Fedor Emelianenko was cast as The Russian. There had been reams of copy citing "Rocky" villain Ivan Drago as his spiritual ancestor.
Joe Riggs Headlines August Rage in the Cage
Former Rage in the Cage heavyweight and middleweight title holder Joe “Diesel” Riggs will make his return to the promotion next month, headlining a scheduled event on August 26th at the Toyota Center in Prescott, Arizona.
Riggs replaced fellow longtime veteran Edwin Dewees, who was slated to fight in the night’s main event, but was granted contractual relief by the organization to challenge former PRIDE standout Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at this weekend’s Affliction: Banned event. Riggs will take on Matt Dempsey, who has not fought professional since March of 2005 when he submitted Troy King at a Courage Fighting Championships event.
Pros Pick: Fedor vs. Sylvia
Looking at the Las Vegas odds just days prior to the encounter, Fedor is the prohibitive favorite. Most members of the media and thousands of fans believe Sylvia stands little to no chance of pulling off the upset. But what do fighters think?
Sherdog.com polled more than 25 fighters and trainers to get their thoughts:
Kid Yamamoto Out of Dream 5
Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto has suffered a torn ACL in his knee during a sparring session yesterday and will not be able to participate in Dream 5. According to doctors, the injury will sideline the Krazy Bee fighter up to six months. His scheduled opponent Joseph Benavidez has arrived in Japan and it is not known if Dream will be able to find him an opponent in time
No affliction in the UK
“Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, we will be unable to show Affliction: Banned this Sunday at 9pm. Not our decision, not theirs, but I can’t say any more than that.
Please accept our sincerest apologies for the delay. We are hoping to show the event as soon as we can but know it’s not ideal.
Rest assured, we’ll keep you posted as to what’s happening. Thank you for your patience and support.”
Mark HOMINICK Affliction Blog
Pretty cool blogging about the Affliction week down in Anaheim.
Always been a big Hominick fan. He needs this win though to stay near/in the Top 10.