Affliction held a press conference at the Trump Tower in New York City today to promote their debut event on July 19 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
While speaking with Affliction officials after the show, it was revealed to FiveOuncesOfPain.com that recent acquisition Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will indeed be competing on the promotion’s inaugural card.
Nogeuira’s bout will appear on pay-per-view, but the opponent has not been announced, just as the opponent for Ben Rothwell continues to remain a mystery. Affliction officials were unwilling to address rumors that UFC heavyweight Andrei Arlovski could end up being the fighter chose to take on Rothwell. When asked by Five Ounces of Pain about whether he knew a specific opponent he needed to prepare for, Rothwell said he wasn’t certain who he’d be fighting on July 19.
According to an Affliction official, the one-hour Fox Sports Net telecast that will air prior to the start of the pay-per-view show and will be headlined by a heavyweight bout between Aleksander Emelianenko and Paul Buentello. Bouts between Savant Young vs. Mark Hominick and Justin Levens vs. Ray Lazama are currently slated to air on FSN, as well.
On a lighter note, the press conference was also attended by Donald Trump, as well as Trump’s son, Donald Jr. Trump issued a brief statement at the start of the press conference and talked about MMA in a respectful manner.
Update: According to a report on MMAjunkie.com, Nogeuira will be taking on Vernon “Tiger” White on the pay-per-view.