Affliction’s third and possibly final event, which is rumored to be headlined by Fedor Emelianenko against Josh Barnett, could take place on July 11th. If that date sounds familiar it’s when the UFC has scheduled UFC 100, with Affliction potentially putting their event in direct competition with the UFC’s historic card, which is expected to feature the anticipated heavyweight rematch between champions Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir as well as UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre against challenger Thiago Alves.
Five Ounces of Pain first reported the possibility of the competing events earlier today:
“Several fighters and managers have contacted FiveOuncesOfPain.com in recent days informing the site that they have been approached by Affliction officials about the possibility of accepting restructured contracts in order to compete on the show.
According to the sources, Affliction wants to reduce it overhead for a potential third event so that it could host it on a network or basic cable television platform, as it would be next to impossible to convince PPV distributors to promote an event that would be in direct competition with the UFC.
Sources made it a point to caution Five Ounces of Pain that the possibility of Affliction counter-programming UFC 100 was still only in preliminary stages. Additionally, several insiders we spoke with expressed pessimism about Affliction being able to pull off the July 11 date.
However, meetings are expected to take place within the next several weeks regarding a possible television partner for the proposed event. If enough fighters were willing to accept a reduced rate to compete on the show and if a deal with a suitable television partner could be reached, the door would then be open for Affliction to go head-to-head with UFC 100.”