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Affliction caused quite a stir earlier this month when right after their successful debut into the world of MMA with “Banned”, VP Tom Atencio immediately started discussing plans for a second show later this year. News floated around and eventually it was reported that the promotion would hold a show right in the UFC’s backyard, even using one of their former champions in the main event.
However those clamoring to see Fedor Emelianenko and Andrei Arlovski duke it out for WAMMA’s “title”, (that would be all of us) may now have to wait a little bit longer for that to happen, and for more than one reason.
It’s not that alarming but the California State Athletic Commission released the official list of medical suspensions from Affliction’s July 19th event earlier today. Normally it would just be protocol to list out the suspensions and their length. However two of the the second planned show’s biggest draws may be unable to participate.
Both Fedor and Tim Sylvia have been medically suspended for six months following Fedor’s quick submission win over Sylvia. Fedor has been sidelined for six months due to an undisclosed hand injury while Sylvia may be forced to take the same amount of time off because of an injured left elbow. Now it’s key to note that nothing is set in stone here. Both fighters can return to action relatively quickly after being cleared by a doctor. However that’s basically a 50/50 chance.
If both aren’t able to be cleared, the show could still do pretty well. Atencio could always match Arlovski and Josh Barnett together to create a number one contender to face Fedor. Plus, there’s always the rumored Tito Ortiz-Babalu light heavyweight bout that could serve as the night’s co-main event. It might not be all that bad.
Not so fast. Atencio has continually refused to comment on Kevin Iole’s original report that Affliction’s next show would take place at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, until now. In a new interview with Fighters Only Magazine, Atencio now states that the October 11th date most likely isn’t going to work out.
“I know everybody is reporting that but we haven’t confirmed it,” Atencio said in the article. “It’s not necessarily going to be in Vegas. We’re looking at different places. I don’t like to announce anything until papers are signed and we haven’t signed anything, so nothing is concrete. If we could do it in Vegas it would be great. I think the buzz in Vegas is great, I think the fanbase is great. I think Las Vegas would be wonderful. We’re looking at October 11th for our next event but it doesn’t look like that is going to work out.”
Hopefully everything works out and the October date stays intact because it would take away from the incredible amount of MMA action the month is going to provide. Also, East Coast fans might have reason to rejoice if Affliction decides to ditch the Vegas idea - the other top choice on the board is apparently Atlantic City. Still, Atencio’s original target date of November now looks more likely. Although, Fedor’s participation might not come to fruition due to his desire to compete overseas on New Year’s Eve.
A press conference regarding Affliction’s next event is said to be taking place on August 6th so we won’t have to wait too much longer for a definitive resolution to this mess. Until then, it’ll be interesting to see how Affliction handles it’s first set of growing pains as a full-fledged MMA promotion.
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