Remembering Affliction Entertainment... 2008-2009

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Remembering Affliction Entertainment... 2008-2009

Amid all of the hoopla over where the fighters go from here, and who benefits from this the most, I feel it important to summarise why this venture wasn't a total failure, and highlight the legacy that the two show, old promotion leaves behind....

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Ahh, I remember now.

Affliction Entertainment may be remembered as just another, in a long line of crushed promotions under the foot of Dana White, but it did manage to solve a problem that has been plaguing the UFC since the very beginning of the ZUFFA era.

It figured out what to do with Preliminary bouts. Those redheaded stepchildren that up until Affliction we're hid away for only the DVD buyers, or Internet payers to see.

Affliction figured it out. You don't charge for fights that nobody wants to pay for.

You use them as advertising for your Pay-Per-View!

On July 18th 2008, you could watch the preliminary fights for Affliction: Banned, on FSN, or the The Fight Network in Canada.

It was a real monkey touch the monilith moment.(or Fedor tapping God, whichever you prefer)

One that the UFC better take note of.

In two weeks time, BJ Penn will des... I mean defend his UFC Lightweight title against Kenny Florian.

Also on that card Amir Sadollah will fight a main card match against Johny Hendricks.

It's currently listed as the main card fight for UFC 101: Declaration, and does it honestly deserve to be? No.

Why is it there? Because they're both fighters that the UFC wants to get exposure for the future.

Now we've become accustomed to this sort of thing, but in this brave new world that Affliction has now given us, wouldn't it make more sense to bump that to the main event of the prelims, and air those on Spike, or another network?

The Preliminaries are usually about equal to a UFN event. So why pay fighters and not make any money off their performances?

Do you really feel so devoted to giving the ticket buying fans another reason other than being at the event live? Or something to sell more event DVD's?

Anyway you look at it, its a win for everybody involved.

No matter how you feel about Affliction's foolish decision to try and fast track themselves past the UFC, you have to give them this.

They solved a problem nobody had taken a crack at fixing, and that's a silver lining if ever I did see one.

So R.I.P Affliction Entertainment June 2008-July 25th 2009

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