Affliction will pull out its Trump card Thursday when the company officially announces its partnership with Donald J. Trump at a press conference to be held in Trump Tower at 12:00PM. Trump will take the podium to address the press and outline his involvement with Affliction and their entry into the world of professional mixed-martial-arts (MMA) with their first event named, â€œAffliction Banned,â€ slated for July 19th 2008 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
â€œWe are very excited to be partnering with the most recognized and accomplished business mogul in the world, â€œ said Tom Atencio, vice president of Affliction. â€œTrump is a true visionary who shares our belief in the future of MMA.â€
â€œI have been a fan of professional sports since childhood, and I am particularly impressed by the athleticism, courage, and strength of these disciplined athletes.â€ said Donald J. Trump. â€œThis particular sport resembles my business style of being fast paced, strategic, and aggressiveâ€¦remembering to never give up. I am particularly excited to partner with Affliction and become a major player in promotion of MMA; the youngest and fastest growing sport to emerge in the last century.â€
â€œAffliction Bannedâ€ features a star-studded fight card with Fedor â€œThe Last Emperorâ€ Emelianko (27-1), the former undisputed PRIDE champion and Russian M-1 legend, taking on former 2-time UFC heavyweight title-holder Tim â€œThe Maine-iacâ€ Sylvia (24-4), in the main event.
The exciting four-fight undercard is loaded with Josh â€œThe Baby Faced Assassinâ€ Barnett (22-5), of Seattle, facing-off stateside for the first time in two years in a grudge match against the only opponent to ever knock him out, Brazilian strongman Pedro â€œThe Rockâ€ Rizzo (16-7).
Three-time All-America wrestler Mike Whitehead (20-5), of Salt Lake City, will battle Brazilian sensation Renato â€œBabaluâ€ Sobral (29-7), of Costa Mesa, California. 2000 Olympic wrestling silver medalist Matt â€œThe Lawâ€ Lindland (20-5), of Oregon City, faces Brazilian favorite Fabio â€œNegaoâ€ Nascimento (8-3). â€œBigâ€ Ben Rothwell (29-5), of Kenosha, Wisconsin, is scheduled to fight an opponent to be determined in this groundbreaking event.
â€œAffliction Bannedâ€ will be distributed on Pay-Per-View and air live (9 PM/ET, 6 PM/PT) on cable and satellite viewing in the USA and Canada via iN Demand, TVN, Shaw Communications, Viewerâ€™s Choice Canada, DirecTV, DISH Network, Bell ExpressVue and Star Choice for a suggested retail price of $39.95. The telecast will be available in both standard and high definition television.
Tickets are on sale at the Honda Center box office and through Ticketmaster.com.