Showtime Looking To Get Back In MMA, Will Produce Affliction’s Jan. 24 PPV


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In the mist of a legal battle over the bones of ProElite, Showtime is already looking get back in MMA by backing Affliction in its upcoming fight card Affliction “Day of Reckoning” on Jan. 24th. Showtime will partner with Oscar De La Hoya’s company Golden Boy to produce and distribute the PPV.

Showtime Sports won’t let a dispute with its former mixed martial arts promotional partner keep it from broadcasting the sport as soon as January, has learned.

The premium cable network, in conjunction with Golden Boy Promotions, will distribute and produce Affliction’s Jan. 24 pay-per-view card topped by a five-round fight between WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko and former UFC titleholder Andrei Arlovski.

Official announcement will come Monday, confirmed Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio. []