Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports has updated his earlier report, which said a merger between Strikeforce and Affliction was already or nearly completed, to instead reveal that Affliction will no longer promote MMA events and will instead become a UFC sponsor, though at this moment the fate of its contracted fighters is unknown:
Later on Friday, Affliction opted to get out of the promoting business and, in a joint statement with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, announced it would become a sponsor of the UFC. The fate of the fighters under contract with Affliction is not known yet.
A formal announcement by Affliction and the UFC is expected to be issued shortly and should include additional details, but according to the earlier report, the UFC recently declined a deal to acquire the contracts of Affliction’s fighters in exchange for allowing the clothing company to return as a UFC sponsor. It appears that the UFC has since changed its mind, and will allow Affliction to return as a UFC sponsor, though it is not yet clear whether the promotions may have reached a broader agreement that could include select fighter contracts.