IFL heavyweight champion Roy Nelson could be the latest free agent heavyweight to migrate to Affliction, according to a report by MMANews.com.
MMA News spoke with Xtreme Couture heavyweight Jay White who revealed that he has signed a three-fight contract with Affliction and that he is slated to debut against Nelson.
The report does not specify a debut date for White, but with only one show scheduled for Oct. 11, the potential White vs. Nelson fight would appear to be a lock for the promotion’s Las Vegas event at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Neither Nelson’s camp or Affliction have yet to confirm the report. FiveOuncesOfPain.com had been informed last week that Nelson was under consideration for a bout against Dave Herman during an EliteXC show on Sept. 20 so he is not without multiple suitors bidding on his services.
If Nelson does in fact sign with Affliction, that would mean that three of the IFL’s champions potentially have signed with promotions other than the UFC, which has reportedly acquired select assets from the IFL.
According to a report on Sherdog, IFL light heavyweight champion Vladimir Matyushenko will be fighting for Affliction on Oct. 11 while IFL lightweight champion Ryan Schultz will compete for the Sengoku promotion in Japan on Aug. 24.
If a deal has been reached between the IFL and UFC, it remains to be seen just exactly what they have acquired besides the IFL’s extensive library of fight footage. While the UFC has signed IFL middleweight champion Dan Miller and his brother, Jim Miller, a source revealed to FiveOuncesOfPain.com that both were involved in litigation with the IFL over their contract and that their contracts were not transferred to Zuffa as part of an acquisition.
Former IFL prospects Danillo Villefort and L.C. Davis have both signed with Zuffa-owned World Extreme Cagefighting while FiveOuncesOfPain.com recently broke the news that Mike Massenzio recently inked a four-fight deal with the UFC. However, Five Ounces of Pain was informed that all three were free agents. Villefort had a one-fight deal that expired following his upset victory over Massenzio while Masseznio and Davis had been released from their IFL contracts.
Additional sources had revealed to Five Ounces of Pain that several fight managers had questions as to whether IFL contracts were transferable to another organization. Regardless, most of the contracts were said to be slated to expire at midnight on Dec. 31.
We were also informed that while the IFL has released most of its contracted talent, it had still yet to release certain fighters. It is believed that IFL welterweight champion Jay Hieron, IFL featherweight champion Wagnney Fabiano, and lightweight sensation Chris Horodecki could all still be under contract. If their contracts cannot be transferred, it is unclear why they have not been released. It’s possible that the UFC is trying to maintain an exclusive period of negotiation with the fighters in an attempt to work out new deals with them.