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    July 11 is shaping up to be a busy night for mixed martial arts enthusiasts.

    Affliction will counter-program UFC 100 on the summer date with its third event at a location yet to be determined, according to sources close to the situation.

    The card is just under a week from the first anniversary of ?Banned,? the clothing company?s initial foray into MMA promotion.

    Plans are to air the event to fans on non-premium cable television, although sources could not confirm the broadcast platform. Affliction Entertainment has partnered with Fox Sports Net and HD Net for the undercards of its first two events, so either would be a likely candidate for Affliction 3.

    Additionally, WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko and Josh Barnett are expected to fight on the card, but likely not against each other. According to one source, the cost of the heavily anticipated fight would be too expensive for a non-pay-per-view broadcast. Other sources indicate that Affliction is trying to put together another heavyweight bout, pitting former UFC champion Tim Sylvia against Paul Buentello, though it has not yet been agreed to.

    The event is a bold move for the MMA startup, which has seen both of its events shadowed by UFC programming. UFC 100 has long been touted as a special event in the Las Vegas-based promotion?s history, and is scheduled to feature two title bouts ? a heavyweight unification bout between Frank Mir and Brock Lesnar and the third title defense of Georges St. Pierre ? as well as ?The Ultimate Fighter? season nine battle between coaches Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping.

    As for speculation that Affliction's third offering will be it's grand exit from MMA, all sources close to the promotion are in agreement with Affliction Entertainment COO Michael D. Cohen. The executive told Versus.com blogger Ariel Helwani, ?It?s absolutely untrue... Trump?s Affliction Entertainment is going nowhere except to the top, and the company will continue throughout 2009 and well into 2010."

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    They need to have Fedor and Barnett fight.
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    agreed.

    although I am a fan of Affliction, I think this is a bad move, they are not established enough to play the Dana games just yet.
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    Apparently they're TRYING to go bankrupt.
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    It would hurt the UFC a little as people would watch Affliction live and download the UFC later. But they too will lose lots of money and I doubt they will pick off too many UFC loyals.
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    They should not try UFC's game yet. They are not going to pull the this off, however, I will be watching Afflication if Fedor fights Barnett!!! I have been waiting for this fight for a long time. I also don't think UFC has the match ups that spark my interest as much as Afflication cards seem too. We will have to see who fight on the UFC 100 card and what Afflication can produce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greco-ZAG View Post
    They should not try UFC's game yet. They are not going to pull the this off, however, I will be watching Afflication if Fedor fights Barnett!!! I have been waiting for this fight for a long time. I also don't think UFC has the match ups that spark my interest as much as Afflication cards seem too. We will have to see who fight on the UFC 100 card and what Afflication can produce.
    I agree Mr. Zag

    The good thing with Affliction cards is that they are not month to month and more of a quarterly basis and their limited roster allows for more marquee matchups rather than cards filled with TUFers.
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    If Affliction really runs this event against UFC 100, then they are actively attempting to go bankrupt. I can only conclude, if it's true, that they have wanted out of the promotion game, but the Donald wouldn't let them, and they're therefore forcing the issue.
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    Barnett and Fedor are not expected to fight. Although they said Fedors opponent will not draw complaints.

    Overall terrible move by affliction.

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