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Report: Affliction II Postponed Until January


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Loretta Hunt of Sherdog has confirmed with Keith Kizer of the NSAC that Affliction II: Day of Reckoning, scheduled for October 11th in Las Vegas, has been postponed until January 2009. 

The Oct. 11 Affliction event scheduled for the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas has been postponed, Keith Kizer of the Nevada State Athletic Commission confirmed to Sherdog.com on Wednesday.

Affliction contacted Kizer on Wednesday morning to inform him that the event would be moved to a January date at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.


It will be interesting to see what the reasoning is for the postponement and long delay before the rescheduling.

Update (3:30pmEST):  Multiple outlets are reporting that slow ticket sales in Las Vegas may be the reason for the postponement.  Robert Joyner of MMA Payout explains:

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Affliction, HDNet Agree to Long-Term Deal


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Digital cable television network HDNet today announced a long-term partnership with Affliction Entertainment that will have select fights from the promotion’s pay-per-view undercards air on the network as a lead-in to events.

“This is the beginning of a long-term partnership with Affliction that encompasses live MMA, co-marketing and top fighters for the top weekly show in MMA - Inside MMA on HDNet,” Andrew Simon, CEO of HDNet Fights, said today in a press release. “Affliction has quickly become one of the top organizations in MMA which means it is a must have for HDNet.”

As per the agreement, HDNet will feature a 90-minute live broadcast as part of each Affliction-promoted event. HDNet will kick off it’s coverage with Affliction’s upcoming “Day of Reckoning” card, which will take place on October 11 at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV.

Fights scheduled to be broadcast include Paul Buentello vs former IFL heavyweight champion Roy Nelson, and Xtreme Couture’s Mike Pyle vs. Jason High among others. Kenny Rice, former UFC heavyweight champion Bas Rutten, and Ron Kruck will be on hand to call the action beginning at 7:30 PM ET.

Couture Returns to UFC; Fights Lesnar in Nov.


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Randy Couture has returned to the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

After a year-long feud between Couture and the UFC saw both sides battle it out in court and in the media, UFC President Dana White announced today that the promotion has inked Couture to a new multi-fight deal that will have him take on former professional wrestler and upstart contender Brock Lesnar at UFC 91 on November 15.

The mega-fight will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas instead of Portland, Oregon’s Rose Garden as previously expected and will be for Couture’s UFC heavyweight title.

“We’ve had problems with Randy over the last few months, but we’ve resolved them all,” White said on a media conference call this afternoon. “Randy has always been our heavyweight champion. We can basically put on fights that fans want to see now. Mark my words, Couture vs. Lesnar will be the biggest fight in UFC history.”

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Cooper-Speight Finalizes Affliction II Card


Brett Cooper. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

A welterweight bout between IFL veteran Brett Cooper and undefeated prospect Patrick Speight will reportedly finalize Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” card, which will take place on October 11th at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV according to a report by MMA News.

Affliction VP Tom Atencio was said to have confirmed Cooper vs. Speight as the final bout to be signed for the event yesterday. Both fighters were originally scheduled to be part of Affliction’s “Banned” show on July 19 but were removed from the card due to unknown reasons.

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Ortiz Talks Free Agency, Interested Parties


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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz was featured as a panelist on last night’s edition of Inside MMA on HDNet and discussed his current state as a free agent in the world of mixed martial arts following the conclusion of his contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship earlier this month.

Despite his ongoing feud with UFC President Dana White, Ortiz admits that he is actually still negotiating with his long-time home, although a clause in his contract may be giving the UFC more room to talk to him than he would like.

Even after all of the drama, Ortiz says that there is still a small chance he may end up signing with the UFC after all.

“EliteXC - possibility, Affliction - possibility, the UFC - a small chance of that happening,” Ortiz said when asked about where he might end up. “You know I’m taking this stuff with Dana White and shoving it aside and moving on with my life. I’m going to wash my hands [of it] and make sure that my future is going to be very, very, very… great.”

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Affliction Inks Fedor to Contract Extension


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Perennial heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko has reportedly signed a contract extension with Affliction Entertainment, who are looking to have Emelianenko defend his WAMMA heavyweight title at the organization’s planned third event in either January of February according to MMA News.

“We’ve just extended our deal with Fedor and we are very happy about that,” Affliction VP Tom Atencio told the website. “We are looking at the Arlovski/Barnett elimination fight right now with the winner fighting Fedor for sure in January or February.”

Atencio also stated that although Emelianenko currently plans on fighting in Japan for his annual bout on New Year’s Eve, nothing is official in that regard.

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Affliction Reveals Race Car for Sunday


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Affliction Entertainment and Michael Waltrip Racing on Friday unveiled Affliction Entertainment’s “Day of Reckoning” #00 Toyota. The race car will be operated by veteran driver Mike Skinner, as he competes in this year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway.

Affliction Entertainment is the first mixed martial arts organization to sponsor a car in NASCAR. Fully wrapped in Affliction Entertainment’s “Day of Reckoning” graphics promoting the upcoming Oct. 11 MMA Pay-Per-View event from Las Vegas, the car driven by Skinner will compete in Sunday’s 250-lap event set to start at 5 p.m. Pacific on Sunday, Aug. 31 from Auto Club Speedway in San Bernardino County, Calif. and will be shown on ABC TV via ESPN-ABC Sports.

“Affliction is proud to make racing history as the first MMA organization to sponsor a car in NASCAR,” said Tom Atencio, vice president of Affliction Entertainment. “NASCAR fans are huge supporters of MMA and this is a great collaboration for both sports.”

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Affliction Considering Sylvia-LeBanner


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Jerome LeBanner has been chasing Tim Sylvia for years, trying to get him to fight. He might be getting his wish.

Affliction VP Tom Atencio has told MMANews.com that the promotion is looking at LeBanner, a K-1 kickboxer, as a potential opponent for Sylvia for their planned third show that would likely take place in either January or February of next year.

“In terms of fighters we are looking at Jerome LeBanner,” Atencio said. “He is interested in doing MMA and apparently him and Tim Sylvia have some history between them so that is something that we are looking at right now. We are taking things one step at a time but we will see where it all goes.”

Another K-1 promoted fighter Atencio and company are apparently looking at is former PRIDE standout Sergei Kharitonov, whom Atencio “loves” from his days fighting in Japan.

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Affliction Teams With Michael Waltrip Racing


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Affliction Entertainment and Michael Waltrip Racing have teamed up to race for the checkered flag in the Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Southern California.

This year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the two-mile D-shaped oval will find Waltrip’s double zero (00) entry, driven by veteran driver Mike Skinner, fully wrapped in Affliction Entertainment’s “Day of Reckoning” graphics promoting the upcoming Oct. 11 MMA Pay-Per-View event from Las Vegas.

The 250-lap event will start at 5 p.m. Pacific on Sunday, Aug. 31 from Auto Club Speedway in San Bernardino County, Calif. and will be shown on ABC TV via ESPN-ABC Sports.

“Affliction is proud to make racing history as the first MMA organization to sponsor a car in NASCAR,” said Tom Atencio, vice president of Affliction Entertainment. “NASCAR fans are huge supporters of MMA and this is a great collaboration for both sports.”

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Report: Prangley Steps in to Face Lindland


Trevor Prangley. Photo by Jon Swenson.

Former BodogFight middleweight champion Trevor Prangley has been tapped to replace an injured Vitor Belfort against Team Quest co-founder Matt Lindland at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” show on October 11th in Las Vegas according to MMA Junkie.

Belfort was forced to withdraw from his bout against Lindland due to a lingering hand injury that will leave him unable to compete. The Brazilian suffered a broken hand in the first round of his knockout win over Terry Martin on July 19th. Belfort was originally optimistic about being able to fight this fall, but doctors have advised him not to.

Lindland was also victorious at Affliction’s debut show last month, winning a hard-fought decision over Fabio Negao. It was Lindland’s first fight since he was submitted by Fedor Emelianenko in his one and only trip to the heavyweight division over one year ago.

Prangley meanwhile has not fought since falling to Jorge Santiago in the finals of Strikeforce’s middleweight tournament last November. Since being released from the UFC over two years ago, Prangley has also garnered up wins over Yuki Kondo and Falaniko Vitale.

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