Rumor: Affliction Done, To Call It Quits After Third Show UPDATE



Rumors are swirling that Affliction is looking to get out of the MMA promotion business after a third show. First, the rumor that Affliction VP Tom Atencio spilled the beans today on the Tom Leykis radio show [see below].

Tom Atencio VP of Affliction MMA on the Tom Leykis Show:

“The third show will be it. We dived into the MMA business for a reason. To put on good fights. We have done nothing but that. The third show will be it for us. We are taking a break.”

Michael Rome followed up that Affliction might be looking to the UFC to bail them out.

Michael Rome on BloodyElbow:

I learned in the last hour from someone high up at the UFC that Lorenzo Fertitta was contacted today by Affliction looking for a “beneficial” way out. Realistically, they want back in the Octagon.

I just got this press release in my inbox.

Tonight on Sports Rage Uncensored with Gabriel Morency on Hardcore Sports Rage (Sirius 98), Affliction VP Tom Atencio will join the show at 1:10 AM ET / 10:10 PM PT to discuss the rumor.

Stay tune to, we will report the latest on Affliction as Tom Atencio appears on tonight’s HSR.

Tom Atencio denies all rumors of Affliction closing its doors. He denies even appearing on the Tom Leykis Show or talking with the UFC.

“Things are moving forward”

“As long as people are talking about me I must be doing something right” said Atencio

“I think that he (Dana White) knows that Fedor is the number one fighter in the world.” said Atencio when asked about Dana White’s criticism of Affliction and Fedor Emelianenko.


  1. steve

    January 29, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Unless they sign a couple more fighters the third show probally will be it. Heres to hoping this is false.

  2. Oswald Gobblecock

    January 29, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Fedor is NOT the #1 fighter… #1 HW yes. Without him Affliction is nothin.

  3. whodini

    January 29, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Tito came in and ruined the whole thing… huh ?

  4. DanP

    January 29, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Affliction is great for MMA…. since Pride FC went tits up the UFC is the only show in town. Whilst I think the UFC is excellent – it's important that there is completion out there… especially for the fighters!

    It pisses me off that Dana White will not acknowlege Fedor as the best HW in the world and argueably the best MMA fighter of all time… we all know if Fedor signed with the UFC the Sun would suddenly shine outa' his ass!!

    Having said all that… Best Case scenario – Fedor Signs with UFC – takes the HW belt, drops weight and takes the 205 belt – then beats the shit outta' Anderson Silva at 205!


    January 29, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    Dan I would say that would be a likely scenario because fedor has plenty of weight to cut, lets face it he looks like a regular dude whihc makes his record that much more inmpressive. i would say he could pull off the hat trick named above, but if he does, there is no denying that he is the best around or ever. i think he would have a tough time with andersen based on his precision striking and the fact he doesnt make many mistakes, like a flying knee for instance, but it would be a HUGE payday for the ufc for all three of those fights, i dont know why dana doesnt just swallow his macho pridde and make this happen we all want to see it.

  6. Jake

    January 29, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Seriously, Fedor at 205. Smoke another one. Better yet, Hook a brotha' up with some of that.

    Brock Lesner will always be a bigger draw than Fedor. The UFC is a money making machine concerned with making more money.

    Expect more shit talk from Dana in 2009


    January 29, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    ok, what does fedor fight at like 230 maybe 240. Randy fought a like 225 230 and he made the drop no problem quite a few times so its really not a reach. I like lesnar too but hes a bigger draw because hes a circus attraction and all the wwf fans coming along to watch him, i heard steve austin is going to mma too.

  8. DanP

    January 29, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Yeah… Seriously… Fedor at 205, why not dude?? he's only 6 foot… he's smaller than Chuck

    He'd have to train a bit harder… and go on a diet!

  9. tom

    January 29, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    this is very bad news.. i like the Afflivtion cards.. but i guess Vitor and Fador are going to the UFC baby yeah..

    watch out silva, Vitor is coming back to the UFC

  10. tom

    January 29, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    fador could make 205 easy..he has a lot of extra skin oh him.. he is a super small heavy weight and i think Carwin or Brock or Cain Velasquez would all give Fador probleys because of there size..

  11. DanP

    January 30, 2009 at 12:40 am

    Right now I think Fedor would beat Lesnar/Carwin/Cain… it's a matter of his experience and superior skills as a martial artist… Size is not all that relevant – He fought Some Monsters in Pride that were too big for the UFC Heavy Weight division…

    But… having said that – He won't be able to beat them forever – As the sport is moving on – The Really Big Heavy weights are aquiring the same well rounded skills as lightweights… As this happens Size becomes an important factor

    It's debateable but I reckon there are better fights for Fedor at 205

    Personally I think he's too small for HW

  12. tom

    January 30, 2009 at 1:14 am

    yeah, i didnt say they would beat him but they all would give him a run for the money just because of there Power and wrestling..i think in a year or so those 3 heavy weights i names could beat fedor ..

  13. Chris

    January 30, 2009 at 2:01 am

    I am not a big fan of monopolies, but I do not see any organization in North American anyways, taking the death grip UFC has on the MMA world away from them.

    It is defunct Pride and Affliction, indirectly or directly. And I must admit, paying fighteres stupid amounts of money AA payout f or losing?!! WTF??. Don't get me wrong, I used to fight for a few years myself (not at this level though lol) and fighters should be paid well but promoters need to control the pay-scale to keep themselves alive, not give a good show and then die due to lack of funds.

    If Dana did swallow his pride and Fedor decided to sign (because he does not have to, he gets enough money in European markets) then watching how the HW or LHW divisions get cleaned out / up would be definitely worth seeing. I think though, even with Fedor's record as hardcore as it is and the mystique around him being unstoppable, if Fedor did not accept an good offer from UFC, I think some people would begin to question why (and not just because of salary demands).

    Think about it, arguably the best HW out there, turning down the ability to come in an wipe the floor with the HWs of the UFC. If he did that, I know I would be asking why. After all, he could make killer money and cement his legacy so as to truely be the most dominant HW in MMA. Plus imagine the "smack talk" Dana would have at his disposal if Fedor turned it down.

    Does Fedor have something to prove, I think so. So, with Affliction sunsetting, this puts Fedor in a interesting situation that, if he truely desires to cement is legacy, may in a way force him to sign with UFC. Even though Fedor is one calm dude, EVERY fighter fights to be the best or else why fight to loose.

    I hope he does join UFC to set the record straight and then most arguments on blogs like this would go away one way or another by him cleaning house or getting cleaned.

    Hey, maybe Dana would pull back AA as well..and given the huge paycheck potential…I am betting the first fight if Fedor does sign is Fedor vs. Lesnar. Mismatch in experience and skillset as it may be, money is to be had regardless of who looses and neither would be in jeopardy of losing their UFC contract if they lost.

    Just thoughts…

  14. derek

    January 30, 2009 at 4:31 am

    finally. all of you have to admit that DANA WAS RIGHT. he correctly predicted elitexc's demise and he also did say that affliction won't last another year. he was correct. we need to get fedor into the ufc and fight anderson silva at least. everyone needs to stop bullshitting around, including fedor. fedor needs to come to his consensus that he can't be #1 unless he fights in the #1 MMA org in the world. it's like shinya aoki claiming he is #1 but hasn't fought guys like bj penn or gsp.

  15. dwayne-dwayne dookie

    January 30, 2009 at 5:08 am

    IT's ZUFFA not dana that has the money to put the squeezzze on.

    If Afflication /M1 global Golden Boy,Trump can pick X- Orgs.elitexc's /stirkforce and get with Dream / King of Gage fighters. Create the real WAMMA they would be able to survive in the circle gage not a ring. Work something out w/ Zuffa. Give us the fans what we want to see and will pay for. Yeah! lol Right! lol.

  16. Kash

    January 30, 2009 at 5:51 am

    I think Fedor took out 2 of the top HW's from the UFC in the past. So I don't think he needs to fight in the UFC to be considered #1…unless you're talking about #1 P4P.

    I liked both shows Affliction put on and if they can weather the storm I hope they make it. I like the idea that fighters aren't forced to sign whatever contract comes their way from the UFC.

    Affliction needs to just chill on the huge paydays and expensive marketing. I don't think having Fedor show up to the New York Stock Exchange opening is really going to reach their target audience.

  17. roy

    January 30, 2009 at 5:54 am

    some one must be worried about them if there starting all these rumors. tom said they are doing the third show we will see what happens after that.i think after the great show they just put on more people will order the 3rd show.

  18. derek

    January 30, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    paying andrei 1.5 million to fight is insane. paying about 1/2 million sounds more about right for the money. fedor is probably worth just that much. fedor would submit brock… no question. fedor is also too much in striking for brock. randy is no match for fedor. nog is past his prime. mir has no chin. i don't see any HW in the UFC beating fedor right now. gonzaga is good, but not great. who else? carwin hasn't been tested yet. velazquez also hasn't had a fight in awhile and isn't fighting anytime soon.

  19. thedude

    January 30, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    im sorry but im sick of this bs. fedor is not the best hw and the fact that he beat sylvia and arlovski doesnt mean a thing. theres a reason there not in the ufc anymore, its cuz dana knows when talent has turned into absolute crap. brock may not be the most technical fighter but he's alot better than all of you think. affliction is done and honestly it wasnt the best promotion anyway. i mean give me a break, tito, tim sylvia, arlovski, nothin but a bunch of ufc rejects. when fedor actually fights someone with skill let me know, cuz this fedor bandwagon is pathetic and it needs to end

  20. steve

    January 30, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    AA didnt get kicked out of the UFC. He wouldnt sign and extension on his contract so they had him fight on th undercard and he left after that to make more money with affliction. Same with Tim Sylvia. He wanted more money. It wasnt because they lack skill. They wopuld still be top 5 in the UFC hw division even right now. I have liked both shows aswell. Thats what is bad about MMA. U cant see all the best fighters go at it if they are in different organizations. With Boxing the fighters have agents and they will fight anywhere. They dont sign deals resctricting them from fighting like mma. It sucks b/c this is why we will never get to see all the great fights like fedor vs lesnar or why we didnt get to see couture vs Fedor. Liddell in his prime against Wand in his prime. It would be nice for the UFC to go head to head with Affliction in a org. vs org type show. Ofcourse the ufc would never agree to this and there contracts r so bad Fedor will never fight for them.

  21. dwayne-dwayne dookie

    January 30, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Well said steve.

  22. DanP

    January 30, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    thedude.. you have just proved yourself to be a fan of the UFC over the sort of MMA… if you had any knowledge of Fedor's pride days you would not have made your comment… cos it's dumb

  23. Jez

    January 31, 2009 at 8:51 am

    i think that UFC could really market Fedor. They could bring him in and give him a squesh match on a PPV against Eddie Sanchez or Brad Imes and then he could fight for a number one contender spot against a marketable star like gonzaga or velasquez. After winning both fights then the casual fans would see what a threat he is and then cause everyone to check fedor out on youtube. they would then see what all the hype is about and then the title match would be a blockbuster. I think Mir vs Fedor would be the best match cos Mir looked awesome against Nog and if he figured out how to knock out Big Nog then maybe. just maybe he could bring the goods to fedor. Brock vs fedor on the other hand would probly be the most boring fight ever.Lesnar would probly go for the easy win and the two would just fumble about on the ground until fedor submitsthe incredible hulk lookalike

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