Reigning UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre discusses his upcoming title defense against top contender Jon Fitch at UFC 87: Seek and Destroy on August 9th in the above video courtesy of ESPN. St. Pierre also touches on how he plans on actually successfully making a title defense this time around and how Fitch doesn’t have anyone at this camp (San Jose’s American Kickboxing Academy) that will be able to put the kind of pressure on him during training that St. Pierre intends to put on him during the fight.
I’m also not sure how these rumors got started, probably because of his relationship with Affliction Clothing as a sponsor, but with only two fights remaining on his current deal with the UFC, many were speculating that St. Pierre would opt to leave the company after his contract was up. St. Pierre refuted those rumors on MMA Weekly Radio last night, stating that his management team is currently in talks with the UFC about an extension and that he “would like to retire with the UFC” as well.
Fedor Emelianenko. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.
Fedor Emelianenko will reportedly defend his newly won World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts heavyweight championship against former UFC title holder Andrei Arlovski at Affliction Entertainment’s next planned show on October 11th in Las Vegas.
The news comes from Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, who has confirmed the bout, date, and location with Thomas & Mack Center director Daren Libonati, who has also stated that he expects a formal announcement concerning the event to come later this week.
Affliction VP Tom Atencio recently stated that he was targeting November 8th as the next date for an Affliction show. However rumored concerns involving Emelianenko and his desire to compete for Japan-based DREAM on New Year’s Eve may have forced Atencio’s hand. He reportedly would not “confirm nor rule out” the reported new date when contacted for comment earlier today.
Emelianenko, widely regarded as the sport’s top heavyweight, only needed 30 seconds to knock down and submit former UFC champion Tim Sylvia in Affliction’s “Banned” main event. Arlovski was victorious at the show as well, scoring a third-round knockout of IFL standout Ben Rothwell. Atencio confirmed earlier this week that along with Emelianenko and Arlovski, fellow heavyweights Paul Buentello and Josh Barnett would also be competing at the promotion’s next event as well.
Snapshot courtesy of AfflictionBanned.com
Those who claimed that this past weekend’s MMA brand war was completely won by the veteran Ultimate Fighting Championship may want to dive a little bit deeper into the big scheme of things. Unlike it’s unsuccessful predecessors that attempted to get “big” fast with star-filled events, (WFA, Hardcore Championship Fighting, IFO) it seems that Affliction might not be going back to strictly making clothing just yet.
David took a glance yesterday at the amount of success the event generated because of Saturday night. From the near sold-out arena to the fights themselves, the majority of critics have had very little to say in terms of negativity. However in the long run, it comes down to the almighty dollar. As long as Affliction makes enough money to stay afloat, they’ll continue to put on events. (Affliction VP Tom Atencio has already discussed a planned November show)
Tom Atencio. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com
With a mildly successful debut this past weekend, Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio has confirmed that his newly formed promotion will most likely hold their next show in early November; an official date and location has yet to be confirmed.
“When? The beginning of November,” Atencio said when asked about details concerning Affliction’s next show by our friends at MMA Junkie. “Where? We haven’t finalized that yet. We’re still looking at a couple different locations.”
Atencio also confirmed that many of the fighters that were victorious on Saturday night in California will also be part of the next show. Fighters that were mentioned included Paul Buentello, Josh Barnett, Andrei Arlovski, and of course, Fedor Emelianenko. The status of Aleksander, Fedor’s younger brother, remains in doubt after he was pulled from the card at the last minute by the CSAC. While an official reason has not yet been given, rumors have been circulating that he may have contracted Hepatitis B.
The most interesting news comes from a source close to the organization who has told MMA Junkie that the show will likely take place on November 8th. As far as a possible location goes, Atlantic City, NJ, the unofficial home of Affliction supporter Donald Trump, is said to be one of the rumored choices.
As a company, Affliction is already a successful clothing line. From sales to brand power, it’s getting the job done.
Extending that brand to become a premier MMA organization is a whole other matter.
For Affliction to make the splash they wanted to they dished out big salaries to the widey-regarded top heavyweight in the world, along with other big name and former UFC champions. A risky proposition for a newly formed organization. Creating a bigger speedbump was the big kid on the block, the UFC, quickly putting together an event to air, for free on cable, on the same night.
Glancing at the numbers, and given the fan and media reception, it’s likely we’ll see a second event from Affliction.
Randy Couture. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Couture Expecting Contractual Ruling This Week
Embattled UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture reportedly expects a Texas state court to rule this week on his contractual standing with the organization, potentially setting up an anticipated showdown between himself and heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko according to Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com.
Even though a ruling may be made, Couture believes that his status won’t be completely finalized due to possible appeals from the losing party. However Couture remains confident that he will indeed face Emelianenko sometime before his impending retirement in the near future.
“When, where and with what promotion — we don’t know,” Couture said in the report. “It could happen in the UFC. We just don’t know. I want it to happen. Fedor wants it to happen. In some way, shape or form, we’re going to make it happen.”
Affliction: Banned Salaries and Numbers
The California State Athletic Commission today released the official fighter salaries, attendance numbers, and gate receipts for this past weekend’s “Affliction: Banned” event, which took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim in front of a crowd of 14,832. According to the commission, 3,590 complimentary tickets were given out and 740 tickets went unsold. The gate receipts turned in a reported $2,085,510. The complimentary and unsold tickets were worth 757,900.
Fedor Emelianenko. Photo courtesy of Affliction Entertainment.
The long-running dispute is now over. After over a year of continual debate regarding Fedor Emelianenko’s perennial status as the world’s top heavyweight, the former PRIDE title holder answered the call in fighting his first top-ranked opponent in nearly three years, and won, in decisive fashion.
Emelianenko quickly knocked down and submitted former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia in just 36 seconds, capping off a night of exciting action at Affliction Clothing’s inaugural event, which took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California in front of a host of notable athletes and celebrities.
Sylvia literally never even got started in the fight. After circling each other for a brief moment, Emelianenko stunned and dropped Sylvia with a flurry of left and rights. Fedor quickly pounced on the 6’8 Miletich Fighting Systems product, pounding away with hammer fists until Sylvia gave up his back, allowing Emelianenko to sink in the rear naked choke for the impressive finish.
After the bout, post-fight interviewer and former referee “Big” John McCarthy asked the Russian who he’d like to fight next. His answer then stepped into the ring in the form of current embattled UFC heavyweight champ Randy Couture, who is currently seeking legal help in the courts in his quest to fight Emelianenko before his impending retirement.
“I always thought that the day where I would have to fight Randy would come,” Emelianenko said after the fight with the help of a translator. “It would be a true honor to fight him and I hope that we will be able to work things out in order to make it happen.”
We will be going live at 7:00 PM ET with live results of tonight’s Affliction: Banned, the inaugural mixed martial arts show for the popular California-based clothing company, which will take place this evening at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
The show features a main event years in the making between former PRIDE title holder and perennial top heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko and five-time UFC champion Tim Sylvia. Other notable fights on the card include a rematch between Josh Barnett and Pedro Rizzo, a sure-fire war on the feet between Andrei Arlovski and Ben Rothwell, and the return to active competition of former Olympic wrestler Matt Lindland as he faces Brazilian submission wizard Fabio Negao.
Be sure to leave comments throughout the night. Details live results are after the jump.
Andrei Arlovski. Photo by Esther Lin/CombatLifestyle.com.
Here are our predictions for each of the big-time shows that are going on this weekend. (Affliction: Banned, UFC Fight Night 14, and DREAM.5) Below you can find our thoughts on the winners and methods of victory as well as analysis on each of the show’s main events. Our records to date are included as well. Also, here’s an unofficial introduction to our newest staff member, Martin Alexander, as this is his first time predicting events.
Jamie Fitzgerald (41-17)
Main Event: While it’s been some time since Fedor has faced a decent opponent, I’m confident he hasn’t lost a step. Tim will once again use his reach, but unlike the Nogueira fight where he dominated for two rounds, Sylvia will struggle with Fedor’s quickness. Emelianenko will have a few marks on his face, but he’ll catch Tim with an armbar in the 2nd round.
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Tim Sylvia (Armbar, R2)
Andrei Arlovski vs. Ben Rothwell (KO, R1)
Josh Barnett vs. Pedro Rizzo (Kimura, R2)
Matt Lindland vs. Fabio Negao (Decision)
Renato Sobral vs. Mike Whitehead (Anaconda Choke, R2)
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Edwin Dewees (TKO, R1)
Vitor Belfort vs. Terry Martin (KO, R2)
Gary Goodridge vs. Paul Buentello (KO, R1)
Savant Young vs. Mark Hominick (Decision)
Mike Pyle vs. J.J. Ambrose (TKO, R1)
Justin Levens vs. Ray Lizama (TKO, R2)
Here’s Thursday night’s segment of MMA Fight Weekly from NBCSports.com. The five-minute episode revolves around the two big-time events going on this weekend, Affliction: Banned, and UFC Fight Night 14. The main cards of the two shows are broken down fight-by-fight. Hosts Tiffany Simons and Mike Chiappetta also touch on the future of current UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture and why his current status with the promotion won’t really come into play if Affliction Entertainment fails to make it big after holding their first couple events.