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Report: Showtime to distribute and produce Affliction’s Jan. 24 pay-per-view

While Showtime is pressing forward with a planned Nov. 17 auction of ProElite’s assets, the premium cable network is also planning to announce it’s next move in regards to televising mixed martial arts.

According to a report by SI.com’s Josh Gross, Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio is quoted as saying that a planned Monday announcement will reveal that Showtime will both distribute and produce Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” pay-per-view event on Jan. 24 from The Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Showtime’s production team not only handled all ShoXC and EliteXC broadcasts on the network, but also handled the production of all EliteXC events on CBS. The network previously distributed one other MMA pay-per-view; Strikeforce and EliteXC’s co-promotion in June of 2007 that featured Frank Shamrock and Phil Baroni vying for the then-vacant Strikeforce middleweight title.

Voicemails seeking comment by FiveOuncesOfPain.com from officials at Showtime have thus far gone unanswered.

The Jan. 24 Affliction event will feature WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko defending his title against former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski.

7 COMMENTS
  • stevefiji says:

    Showtime really knows how to pick’em. By the time they’re done with Affliction and lose all their shit once again, same as with EliteXC,they’ll be just like in the Springsteen song ” you end up like a dog thatks been beat too much, til you spend half your life just a coverin up”

    Tshirt guys are gasping for breathe and showing the cracks in the foundation. Just wait for the UFC counterprogramming…probably something like Spider vs Liddel on Spike!

  • jdavis says:

    So I guess that’s pretty much a confirmation that Golden Boy isn’t porducing the show for Affliction.

  • Jason G says:

    They got lucky on this, Beard was burning bridges faster than the company could cross them.

  • Robert says:

    You people don’t know what the fuck is going on with Affliction or Showtime and have know idea how things are going to end up.Do you want them to end up like ProElite I just don’t get it. I love it when people refer to Atencio as T- shirt guy it’s as if Dana White is making them talk just like a puppet.People really are very gullible they buy right into Dana’s propaganda machine, because if you pay even a little bit of attention to any mma blogs most fans don’t give a shit if any promotion succeeds except the UFC .

  • jdavis says:

    Paranoid much Robert?

  • EdWhitson says:

    People don’t know how things are going to end up ? Really? How many fights has Affliction had ? I think we all know how this will end up.

  • stevefiji says:

    Hey Robert, The definitive answer is yes…I’d love to see Affliction collapse… I want ONE belt that matters…Fedor fighting contenders instead of a litany of UFC castoff’s and rebels. I want people who know what they are doing running the shows. MMA is still in it’s infancy. It will achieve all the things people say they want but really don’t… like fighter contracts of millions annually…we’ll i can wait for that AFTER MMA is legalized everywhere, is worldwide and is secure… in the meantime, let the UFC break the ground, earn the premium dollars for being the innovator (and not have T-Shirt guys try to be vultures and steal their thunder and endorse silly-ass crap like WAMMA when the UFC titles are plenty good and well enough) and ensure that a World Championship is just that… a WORLD Championship. When Affliction dies, it will be “good riddance to bad rubbish”

    If the other guys know their place and serve a role as a minor league feeder… then i will support them all… if they are pathetic vultures who got kicked out of the UFC for being greedy and who had no choice but to do their own fights to keep overpriced and super ugly goth and skull designs mildly relevant…then let them die the ugly death where their shirts will someday soon rest.

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