Affliction Facing Their Own Day of Reckoning?

Derek BedellAnalyst ISeptember 10, 2008

The 10/11 Affliction show has been canceled. The fighters on the card were informed today of the news, as were PPV companies.

Fighters were told the show is being postponed and Keith Kizer of the Nevada State Athletic Commission told that the event is being moved to January at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

The word going around is that Affliction had been trying to find a public reason to cancel the show for the past few days as ticket sales were weak.

Affliction lost $3-$4.5 million on their first show (

What does this mean for the future of Affliction?

It seems the fighter paydays were a little steep considering they can't even draw for a second show.  A total of 700 tickets sold out of 19,500 seats?  That's embarrassing.

It almost makes Dana White and company look intelligent for paying certain fighters what they do.  The UFC makes money.

Can you imagine the UFC losing $3-$4.5 million when Chuck Liddell or Anderson Silva headline?

I was looking forward to Affliction staying around to counter UFC as the new "WCW" like promotion.  All the fighters MMA fans still would like to see under a different umbrella seemed interesting.

Babalu, Fedor, Barnett, Arlovski, and many more would have been exciting to watch.  New and old matchups rekindled would have been one of Affliction's advantages. 

Unfortunately, it seems Dana White's harsh comments about the new promotion may not be so far from the truth. Affliction may very well be out of business soon.

I think this is a bad blow for MMA fans.  More matches and events are good for MMA.

Be that as it may, Donald Trump's new business venture may be one that fails. He may be hearing his own words soon: "You're fired!"