[i]In a matter of days Affliction Entertainment's "Trilogy" event when from promising the top heavyweight fight in mixed martial arts to being canceled outright, multiple sources confirmed to SI.com Friday morning.
Affliction Entertainment vice president Tom Atencio began making calls with the news Friday morning to fighters scheduled to appear on the Aug. 1 card, SI.com has learned.
The abrupt change comes in the wake of 31-year-old Josh Barnett testing positive for banned substances following a California State Athletic Commission pre-fight drug test.[/i]
Well,it's possible that they could be done.....but I think we're jumping the gun is saying that is the case because of this. I think it was a bad move to cancel the entire show. I wonder what Fedor and/or his management have to say about this...and/or if they had a say so in the decision to cancel the show.
I do know that Fedor has one fight left on his contract. Will be interesting to see how this pans out...but too many people are taking this situation to mean that Affliction is dead/done. That remains to be seen. I'm sure some of this is energized by people's thoughts/assumptions that Fedor will sign to the UFC.
I'm pretty sure affliction is HORRIBLY in the red on the fights. It was pretty doubtful they'd get another show going after this one, would be this is the announcement before the chapter 11 announcement.
disappointing to say the least. This can't hurt the UFC's chances of signing Vitor and Fedor. Or anyone else under Affliction. I can't imagine how pissed I would be if I were one of the fighters on this card.
Bust your ass for how many months, rack up training bills, and then kiss your paycheck goodby. All becuase one fighter failed a drug test? How fucking mickey mouse is that? Good luck getting fighters even if you do decide to put on another show.
Afflicition entire foundation and draw is built on Fedor. Even if it's a great fighter like Fedor you can't base your entire pay per view draw on one fighter. eventually it's going to bite you in the rear.
Yep. Just a few fleeting glances at MMA websites have revealed to me so far: Mousasi disparaging him, and Brock saying he "made the wrong choice" to take whatever he did. Also, Forrest revealed that a lot of guys who train with him won't be getting paid now. I wonder if Barnett will ever fight again.