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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:
The main reason put forward for the postponement were very low ticket sales to this point, rivaling those of the IFL Orleans show from earlier this year. While the company had a few billboards promoting the show in Vegas, Affliction hit a brickwall when trying to promote the show through radio and other local media, with some companies being unwilling to sell them airtime, according to sources. The company was also said to have a poor casino partner in the Vegas market, an off-strip casino, that lacked the needed pull in the Vegas market help properly promote the show. The make-up of the card also has to factor in as well. The card lost a lot of its’ sizzle once it was known that Fedor Emilianenko would be unavailable for the card. Attempts to bolster the card with the signing of Tito Ortiz also fell through, as the two parties were unable to come to terms.
Just last week, Affliction’s Tom Atencio was quoted as saying they have found making deals in Las Vegas to be very difficult, being the UFC’s home turf.
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