Affliction Entertainment Vice President Tom Atencio confirmed to FiveOuncesOfPain.com on Monday afternoon that a reported September meeting between Affliction and UFC officials in which the UFC tried to stop Affliction from promoting shows did in fact take place.
The story was first broken by MMA Weekly last Wednesday and quoted unnamed industry sources.
“It was just a basic meeting to help get Xtreme Couture on Randy (Couture) since Randy is our partner, so that’s what the meeting was really about,” Atencio initially responded when asked if he could verify reports of the meeting.
Atencio would later confirm that the UFC in fact had expressed an interest in getting Affliction to stop promoting mixed martial arts events. However, when asked just what the UFC was offering in order to entice Affliction to cease MMA operations, Atencio said talks never progressed.
“It didn’t really get into any details like that,” he stated.
The promotion, which is scheduled to hold its second show on Jan. 24 in Anaheim, Calif. expressed that the idea of no longer promoting shows was never taken seriously.
“No, there was no offer made, so why would we give it any consideration?”