After a heavily promoted event last July drew almost 15,000 fans, the second promotion from the California-based group was to be held at the Thomas & Mack Arena and highlighted by a heavyweight tilt between Andrei Arlovski and Josh Barnett.
Last week, reports surfaced that Affliction was debating a postponement after running into many issues with the show, with the company saying that UFC has put roadblocks in its path.
Affliction COO Michael Cohen told NBCSports.com that the company is expecting to run the show in January, and that they would also make a major announcement in the next two weeks that would “change the dynamics of mixed martials arts. Not just nationally, but globally.”
The October event was initially expected to feature a main event with current WAMMA champ Fedor Emelianenko against Arlovski, but the former broke his hand in defeating Tim Sylvia and would not have been ready in time for October, necessitating an opponent switch.
Cohen said that Emelianenko will fight on the new January card, but an opponent has not yet been decided.
“It is to be determined,” he said. “We are considering changing the combatants. We have not finalized that at this time. That is as a result of the issues to be revealed at the announcement.”
All of the fighters who were scheduled to compete on the October card are expected to fight in January, Cohen said. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Matt Lindland and Jay Hieron are among the combatants.
When asked whether the show would still air on pay-per-view, Cohen responded, “No comment,” and would not elaborate further, except to say, “Unlike others who call for a press conference for groundbreaking MMA news, the Affliction announcement will truly change the sport, and not through a toy deal.”
“I wish I could give you more details,” he said. “When you have a secret as a little kid and it’s a good one, you want to go to the top of the playground and yell it out because everyone will pay attention. I’m like that little kid. This will be an amazing event.”
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