July 19, 2008, Affliction Clothing and the Trump Organization, in
association with Roy Englebrecht Events, presented one enormous MMA
event that will certainly go down in history. Affliction Banned
also shocked America and millions of stunned p-p-v fans around the world
with the unveiling of ‘The Last Emperor’, Mr. Fedor Emelianenko.
whipped up a tempest of head-banging metal that only complemented the
action in the ring and got the fans pumped between bouts. Their
‘Killing Road’ was juiced up by lightning solos from Dave Mustaine
and Chris Broderick.
But July 19 wasn’t all smooth sailing: In some ways it was a dark night as viewers at home were deprived of the pleasure of seeing the luscious ring girls between rounds. Hopefully this matter will be resolved for Affliction Two.
Belfort def. Terry Martin by KO – 3.12, Round Two.
(6’1” 171 lb) vs. JJ Ambrose (5’10” 171 lb)
Mike air-jabbed. JJ attacked with a fist
package and backed Mike into the corner. They kneed from the
Antonio Nogueira (6’2” 205
lb) vs. Edwin Dewees (6’1” 205 lb)
Edwin commenced a series of
leg kicks to southpaw Antonio’s right leg.
Matt Lindland (6’0” 185
lb) vs. Fabio Nascimento (5’10” 185 lb)
Matt knocked Fabio down with a left hook. From his back, Matt had
Fabio in a guillotine.
Lindland was hot in pursuit; however as he
closed in, Nascimento returned fire.
Result: Matt Lindland by unanimous decision.
Sobral (6’1” 201 lb) vs. Mike Whitehead (6’1” 206 lb)
Mike jabbed and Renato front-kicked. They
briefly tied up, then broke free – both men wanted to hammer it out.
Renato smacked Mike’s left leg with a kick. They exchanged and
Mike forced Renato against the ropes from center ring.
They swapped leather.
They touched gloves.
Result: Renato Babalu Sobral by unanimous decision.
Josh Barnett (6’4” 256 lb) vs.
Pedro Rizzo (6’1” 242 lb)
mixed it up with jabs.
jabbed and Barnett leg-kicked. The heat was turned up a notch and both
men were scoring with punches.
Arlovski (6’4” 241 lb) vs. Ben Rothwell (6’5” 264 lb)
with a Jack Nicholson stare, looked across at Andrei like a scene from The
Shining. They closed in and hurled leather.
Arlovski inside leg-kicked.
offered his left hand and they touched gloves for the first time.
Rothwell came after Arlovski, but both men were knackered.
Fedor Emelianenko (6’0” 230
lb) vs. Tim Sylvia (6’8” 263 lb)
ref calls them to center ring and both men look at the floor.
There’s no animosity – they’re just two athletes, who happen to be
superhuman gladiators, competing for the world heavyweight title.
Fedor Emelianenko by RNC – 0.36, Round One.
What an incredible
debut for Affliction. Can’t wait to see Affliction Two on
October 11, 2008, when Fedor Emelianenko and Andrei Arlovski lock horns.
For more on
Affliction Banned: www.afflictionbanned.com.
Pulling No Punches
Cohen - Executive
Vice President and Special Counsel
response to the ongoing debate between UFC and Affliction, and to UFC
President Dana White’s recent comments on www.matratz.com
contacted the Chief Operating Officer for Affliction Entertainment,
Michael Cohen, for his view of Dana’s opinions.
do you know who the interviewer was questioning Dana White?
Based on his poor performance as an interviewer, I am certain he has no
credibility in the world of radio or for that matter, even in his own
you saying that UFC should be afraid of Affliction, or are you saying
that everybody can work together?
was Dana referring to when he said ‘the idiot who sells T-shirts’?
referring to the Affliction clothing line.”
are many people at Affliction Clothing, so to whom he is referring, not
only do we not know, but in reality we don’t even care.
White is truly an embarrassment to executives in any type of business,
irrespective of whether it’s high finance, real-estate development, or
mixed martial arts. His continuous use of profanities to get his
point across, to me indicates that either he’s a wannabe tough guy, or
he’s just plain and simply ignorant.
“Executives of billion-dollar companies do not speak the way Dana White speaks. I’m willing to bet that you will never hear Lorenzo Fertitta speak in such a manner. Dana White is an embarrassment to this sport, to the UFC, and to corporate executives.”
you think the real competition is not between the UFC and Affliction,
but between MMA and other sports –
such as boxing and baseball, or with other activities, such as people
goofing off on drugs or whatever… that a number of successful
organizations in the sport would be good for the sport, and that the
attention should be directed towards other activities that are a
distraction from the MMA market?
don’t want to get into social ills… What I will tell you is: Donald
Trump made a significant announcement, approximately three weeks ago,
whereby he notified the world of his involvement in mixed martial arts
as an equity partner in Affliction Entertainment. Whenever Donald
Trump enters into a business enterprise, those who are already in that
enterprise tend to be nervous. As it relates to MMA, I believe
that as a result of Mr. Trump’s involvement, Affliction will not only
continue to host the best fights, but will sign the best fighters –
and ultimately be the preeminent, dominant league in mixed martial
‘interview’ appeared to be more of a staged commercial rather than
an actual interview. What are your thoughts?
sounds like Dana White has planned this interview and that they are very
chummy. No one is here to attack Dana White. Donald Trump
and Affliction are here to promote the best fights with the best
fighters, and to compensate the fighters appropriately.
is without question that Dana White and the UFC have created a fantastic
forum for these mixed martial artists to showcase their talents.
No one can take that away from them; however I suspect that soon there
will be a changing of the guard and you will see a new preeminent force.
And that name will be Donald Trump’s Affliction Entertainment
we were talking before, I asked you if you expected Affliction to be in
complete competition with UFC, or down the track, do you think there
will be a more cooperative relationship? You said: “I suspect
that in a short period of time, Mr. Trump’s Affliction will surpass
the UFC. We are not opposed to co-promoting with the UFC.”
correct. The goal is to ultimately crown the true champion – not the
champion for a specific league.”
would seem that having another major MMA organization would be healthy
for the sport and great for the fans, that both should exist, rather
than just Affliction or just UFC, as opposed to a big battle between the
organizations… and that the titles should be unified.
capital letters: ABSOLUTELY! The goal is to give the fans
the best fight that they can see, and to create competition among all
fighters – not just fighters in a designated league.”
Banned - July
more on Dana White:
more on Michael Cohen:
Pulling No Punches
July 19, 2008, Affliction Clothing and the Trump Organization, in
association with Roy Englebrecht Events, will be presenting what is
expected to be ‘A Bigger Bang’ in the world of mixed martial arts
with Affliction Banned. And they are leaving no stone
unturned to deliver what they are calling “The Greatest MMA Event in
the History of the Sport”.
be held at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, the main event will
feature Pride’s undisputed heavyweight champion and M-1 legend Fedor
‘The Last Emperor’ Emelianenko (27-1) against former two-time UFC
heavyweight champion and Team Miletich legend Tim ‘The Maine-iac’
on this star-studded bill will be IFL’s undefeated heavyweight
champion, Ben ‘War’ Rothwell (29-5), who is on a winning streak of
13 fights, versus another former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei ‘The
Pitbull’ Arlovski (12-5).
his US debut on the night will be Fedor’s brother, Alexsander
Emelianenko (13-3), who will be facing Paul ‘The Headhunter’
Trump confirmed his interest in MMA when he recently stated at a press
conference: “I have been a fan of professional sports since childhood,
and I am particularly impressed by the athleticism, courage, and
strength of these disciplined athletes… This particular sport
resembles my business style of being fast paced, strategic, and
aggressive…remembering to never give up. I am particularly
excited to partner with Affliction and become a major player in
promotion of MMA, the youngest and fastest growing sport to emerge in
the last century.”
caught up with New York-based Michael Cohen (Executive Vice President
and Special Counsel to Donald Trump, and more recently, elected Chief
Operating Officer for Affliction Entertainment), to give readers a bit
of an insight into Affliction Banned, and Affliction Entertainment’s
plans for global dominance.
he has a specific passion for this venture in MMA because he enjoys the
sport from both the perspective of a spectator and as a participant in
the art of Muay Thai. “I love the sport. I believe that
with the involvement of Donald Trump, Affliction Entertainment will
become the dominant mixed martial arts company,” says Cohen.
you said, “I’m nearly speechless knowing Mr. Trump and Affliction
have the trust in me for an event that features the greatest assembly of
MMA fighters for one show in MMA history. This is like having Ali,
Frazier, Tyson, Holyfield and other top heavyweights all on the same
boxing card.” Will Affliction be focusing primarily on the
heavyweight division or is that just the class mainly featured for
“No. Future events will include all weight classes. As more and more fighters defect from other organizations, Affliction will continue to sign the best fighters and pit them against one another. This will present the best possible card to MMA fans, nationally and internationally.”
Affliction is the clothing company involved, but why ‘Affliction
Banned’ for the title of the upcoming event?
term ‘Banned’ came from the historical
relationship with the UFC. Dana White banned Affliction Clothing
from being worn by UFC fighters. For several
years, Affliction had been sponsoring many of
these fighters’, whose
income was significantly derived by
the Affliction sponsorship.”
Dana White banned Affliction Clothing from the UFC, it
dug into the pockets of the fighters.
Affliction decided it was time to create their own
league for the benefit of the company as well as
often will your events be held?
are planning a number of events throughout the
year. As the Affliction family of fighters grows, there will
be more and more events scheduled.”
are you looking at the prospect of one a month?
It could potentially be even more. If there is a fighter out there
today coming up in the world of MMA, I would recommend that he/she
not look towards the UFC; but rather, towards
other organizations, (such
as Affliction), whose contracts are less stringent
and provide opportunities for the fighters to be
compensated for the services they provide.”
don’t pull any punches, Michael.
Donald Trump’s attendance at UFC 85 mainly a PR exercise for
It was based upon the relationship he has with Tito Ortiz. As you
may be aware, Tito was on The Celebrity Apprentice this past
season and Mr. Trump and Tito Ortiz had become quite friendly.
Tito requested Mr. Trump to attend the event as
his guest. There was no PR stunt involved;
simply, it was a request by Tito based upon their friendship.”
a huge card being billed as “The Greatest MMA Event in the History of
the Sport”. With such a huge card, is that a sign of the
organization’s commitment to the sport?
answer would be ‘yes’. Everything that Mr. Trump does, he does
over the top, whether it’s erecting a 90-story
building, the amenities he provides… Everything
he does is the biggest, and this (as well)
will be the biggest MMA event ever put on, to
believe you said of Affliction Banned, “It’s unprecedented and will
revolutionize the way MMA fans view this sport.” How do you
follow it up?
“You continue by featuring other great fighters. The match-ups are really what make the fights. There are certain fighters who match up well against one another. Our goal is to match the best fighter to the best competitor and put on the best show for the fans.”
you expect Affliction to be in complete competition with the UFC, or
down the track, do you think there will be a more cooperative
relationship, like the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, where they made
sure they didn’t conflict with the release dates of their albums?
the UFC is the preeminent organization in
martial arts. I suspect that in a short period of time, Mr.
Trump’s Affliction will surpass the UFC. We are not opposed to
co-promoting with the UFC, to put their best fighters against
Affliction’s best fighters to determine once and for all: Who is the
true mixed martial arts champion for that specific weight class?
would not be opposed to a ‘co-promote’ down the road with the UFC.
We would also prefer the fighters to be allies as
opposed to being in an adversarial position with one another: It’s not
good for the organization, it’s not good for the
sport, and it’s definitely
not good for the fans.”
that there are so many MMA organizations, will it become like boxing
where there is a ‘world’ champion for every organization, rather
than a unified world champion?
is something we would like to avoid. As we just discussed, we
would not be opposed to co-promoting with the other organizations.
The goal is create the best fights for the fans. It is important
for the long term success of the sport to look beyond the leagues for
certain events. It could make for some great championship
you see the MMA athletes and fans being the real winners here?
without a doubt.”
it fair to guess that you guys have been talking with Randy Couture?
others, of course.”
comment on the outcome, or you can’t at this stage?
couldn’t at this time.”
we be seeing Affliction on p-p-v in Australia?
certainly hope so.”
news at this stage?
news at this specific moment, but we certainly hope so, and it would be
on p-p-v direct.”
what’s next after ‘Affliction Banned’?
Atencio, the Vice President over at Affliction, is in the process of
completing the anticipated fight card for the second event. It is
our belief, and I believe it will be the belief of the fans, that the
second event card will be equally as impressive as the first.”
Emelianenko, Donald Trump and Tim Sylvia
Emelianenko vs. Tim Sylvia
Rothwell vs. Andrei Arlovski
Barnett vs. Pedro Rizzo
Whitehead vs. Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral
Lindland vs. Fabio Nascimento
Nogueira vs. Vernon White
Emelianenko vs. Paul Buentello
Martin vs. Vitor Belfort
Levens vs. Patrick Speight
Ambrose vs. Mike Pyle
Young vs. Mark Hominick
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