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Tom Atencio: ‘We just didn’t have enough time’

Shockwaves have been rippling through the MMA community since it was earlier revealed that Affliction planned to scrap it’s Trilogy card that had been set for August 1 in Anaheim, California.tom-atencio has since been able to confirm the news through Affliction. Affliction Trilogy has officially been cancelled.

It appears as though Barnett’s testing positive for steroids and the lack of time to promote a replacement opponent for Fedor Emelianenko in the cards main event truly was the icing on the cake for Affliction Trilogy.

“Finding an opponent for the number one ranked MMA heavyweight champion in such a short period of time was a huge endeavor and I’m thrilled at the amount of fighters willing to take on this challenge,” said Affliction VP Tom Atencio in a statement recently released to Five Ounces. “But in the end, we just didn’t have enough time to promote a new fight to our standards.”

There is no news at this time as to whether Affliction plans to reschedule the event for a later date. will continue to keep you up to date on this late breaking story.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I think if Lashly had stepped up this could have been the fight that really put him over with the fans. Hopefully we get to see more Affliction events in the future.

  • edub says:

    Screw you Tom.

  • ozz_the_powerful says:

    This is BS to the utmost.

    “Promote a new fight to our standards” ?

    Sorry, I must have missed the ads on ESPN and NBC. How about this-

    “We decided to replace Barnett with fighter x, we believe in our promotion, and will let the fans that believe in us to promote the event for itself.”

    Instead we got the sh!t end of the stick

  • ace328 says:

    Yeah that’s a pretty crappy excuse. I feel bad for the fighters that missed out on getting to fight. Maybe Strikeforce will hook them up.

  • L0C0541 says:

    I think Fedor should push for this event to still happen and for the promoters to find a replacement, as their is credible and willing opponents out there. I know their are the head honchos to deal with but i think fedor is a valuable enough commodity to get it done. I think him and his managers have enough power to do it, I mean the promotion was pretty much built around him. IMO i for some reason feel as if fedor dont care enough for the american fans to make it happen, unless things are done his exact way. man this sucks, Affliction: Elite XC style

  • L0C0541 says:

    sorry guys, didnt mean to put same post up twice. computer messing up

  • Snoop Dogg says:

    man someone get me my gin and juice

  • ozz_the_powerful says:

    I posted this on “has been cancelled” and didn’t get abything back. Tell me what you guys think about this-

    I just got this from someone else, MrNova. Tell me what you guys think-

    “My theory: Affliction had purchased insurance premiums for the main event. In case one of the fighters was injured, got arrested or failed a drug test, they would get a hefty payout.

    And the payout represented more value than the cost of conitnuing.

    Someone at xxxxxx should look into this.”

    5oz? What do you think?

  • fanoftna33 says:

    ozz That theroy sounds a bit paranoid. Sadly I it is probably something that has happend in the past or close to.

  • RoadsideGraphix says:

    Affliction is DEAD. This is the same thing that happened to EliteXC… canceled a show and away they go.

  • Patrickk says:

    This is extremely aggravating. Just scrap this program and put is as an organization like KOTC or something. They can’t compete with the big boys, it shows every event. Some things are great from the fan-friendly aspects of their systems…but as far as the bit-time corporate market goes, it is apparent that they don’t belong there. They need to stop trying to keep the biggest fighters in the world by paying them over-the-top pay, and let the UFC pick them up. Then the fans will really and truly get to see the fights that they want; which will in turn, boost the sport of MMA, instead of letting an organization survive of one guy aka Elite XC.

    Talk as much crap as you want, but there is only one organization that can really honestly be trusted in this business and it is the UFC. They have never, nor will ever scrap a show because of ONE fighters failed drug test, injury, or anything of that nature. And the UFC will definitely never go bankrupt and have to let go of the business because a heavy fan favorite loses a bout in 14 seconds.

    If this were football, the UFC would be the NFL, and Affliction, Strikeforce, and KOTC would be Arena Football.

    …And we all saw what happened to Arena Football……………….. It may have taken years, but it met it’s eventual fate.

    Again, no need to compete with the big leagues, (think food chain); hyenas don’t try to fight lions, barracudas don’t try to fight killer whales, koala bears don’t try to fight grizzly bears.

  • ozz_the_powerful says:

    Yeah, even I thought it was paranoid, so to speak. I didn’t post it, but afterthought was to bring it here and let you guys take a look.

    I donno…. I just donno

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Good point Patrickk except I would not include strikeforce it with the other promotions. As you know they have been around longer than the UFC. It wasnt until they got a bunch of elite xc contracts that they really became big time. Scott Coker has said on many occasions that he wont try take over the top spot from the UFC. That is the olny other promotion that even Dana White talks good about. I agree with the rest of your statement.

  • ozz_the_powerful says:


    Been around longer than UFC? Yes and no. In kickboxing, yeah, since 85.

    MMA? Hell no. Their first event wasn’t until March 2006.

    I’m not saying you didn’t know that, as I imagine you did. I just want to clarify that for anyone that hasn’t been around long enough to realize.

  • edub says:

    They havent been around longer than the UFC fan. Coker has been promoting “martial arts events” longer than the UFC has been around. Thats what you might be thinking of.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I was speaking Martial Arts, but thanks for clarifing it, I wasnt very specific there.

  • edub says:

    True that…

    Again I say Screw you Tom.

  • dpk says:

    oz and Patrickk both have great points.

    The thought of an insurance policy on the Card came into my mind, which is also a reason that I think Atencio needs to get out of this business, he is screwing with fighter’s careers, fans money, so that he could grab an insurance pay out (This is all speculation, but it makes sense to me)

    Partickk is right about UFC, the best fighters need to be there, because if you are scheduled on an event you will fight, unless it is you who is injured. Look at UFC 85, it had multiple main events, and still turned out as a top notch event, they were also able to make 98 work when Mir got injured, they just switched with another card because they have enough talent to make it work, they are not a one trick pony.

  • ozz_the_powerful says:


    Those are the words that have been escaping me ALL DAY!!

    Kudos to you, dpk!!

  • JollyDV says:

    I feel so disappointed.

    For myself, since I won’t be watching it, but mostly for the folks who have plane tickets and hotel reservations that are non-refundable. Not to mention the fighters who prepared for this fight and now won’t get the chance to earn a paycheck.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    The UFC has all the talent and if they get some of these guys great, but I think back to CroCos’s comment on his fighting schedule. A lot of thoes guys want to fight 3 or 4 times a year, but dont get the chance. Good heavyweights will get maybe three fights a year. Champions probably olny twice. The more good fighters they get the less we see of the best fights.

  • Jolly, at least the people who bought plane tickets and reserved hotel rooms can treat themselves to a little vacation.

    The fighters are fucked eight ways to Sunday unless their fights get picked up by Strikeforce or M-1.

    BTW, how have you been??

  • aimres says:

    Affliction is a joke and Vadim Finkelchtein is ruining the heavyweight division.

  • edub says:

    Do the fighter get any compensation???(Besides Barnett of course)

  • Jstew3785 says:

    Yeah, I think Atencio gave them a reach around while he f-ed them. That’s about it. Sorry, I know that’s a little vulgar, but it is what it is

  • fanoftna33 says:

    The fighters may get some money but I am curious about sponser money. If the fighters already got money from their sponsers do they have to give some or all of it up?

  • ThePerfectDrug says:

    I think when all is said in done they weighed their options for Fedor. A engorged Belfort maybe pushing 210 wouldn’t have had much gusto and would have taken away from the Santiago/Belfort bout. So that left who? Werdum? Rogers? Lashley? Let’s be realistic at the end of the day Tom Atencio is a business man, there was no profitable fallback to put on such an expensive event. It has been well known that they had been bleeding money through the first two cards? Why not cut your losses, go back to doing what you do best which is make some mad tshirts and get back on the UFC bandwagon?

    At the end of the day it wasn’t lack of fighters to take the fight, ultimately it boils down to the ALMIGHTY dollar

  • Angry Mike says:

    I figured Affliction would run out of gas and possibly money after the Barnett/Fedor fight. But I really, really wanted to see that match up. The decision to cancel was a tough one, but Affliction was in a lose/lose situation. There were other good fights on the card, but let’s face it, Fedor/Barnett was going to be one for the ages. Throwing in a replacement for Barnett on short notice would have been anticlimactic to say the least, and if Fedor destroyed the replacement in a matter of seconds, it would just underscore Barnett’s absence.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I think affliction did the right thing, they will be able tomake so much money now with all the new clothing coming up its crazy. And they did put on two very good shows. They put on the fights we wanted to see. Now they are a household mma fan name. They get what they want. The ufc beats another competer out and gets some good fighters(hopefully).

  • dthwsh says:

    Not sure if anyone else caught this, but didn’t Station Casino’s (People who own UFC) file for bankruptcy earlier this year? They were going to help fund our tribal casino, and had to postpone due to severe money troubles. You would think that at some point it MIGHT travel back to the UFC?


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