The new mixed martial arts promotion being started by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions and clothing apparel company Affliction have been very actively recently when it comes to pursuing free agent fights. FiveOuncesOfPain.com (www.FiveOuncesOfPain.com) has learned that former IFL heavyweight Ben Rothwell has received a lucrative offer from the new promotion.
Rothwell has not competed since recording a unanimous decision victory over Ricco Rodriguez during the IFL’s Team Finals on September 20 but has fielded offers from several promotions. A source close to the fighter indicated that of all the offers he has received thus far, the Golden Boy/Affliction offer is considered to be the most intriguing.
Rothwell, who holds a career MMA record of 29-5, was one of the IFL’s signature stars before a contract dispute caused him to be pulled from its World Grand Prix this past November. The Miletich Fighting Systems product posted an undefeated 9-0 record during a two-year tenure with the promotion.
According to Sherdog.com, the new startup collaboration between Affliction and Golden Boy could hold its first card as early as June 28. While it has yet to be confirmed, rumors within the industry have suggested that HBO is considered a likely television partner for the new group.
It is believed that Matt Lindland has already signed a three-fight contract with the promotion and that Aleksander Emelianenko, the younger brother of Fedor Emelianenko, is also on board as well. The names of Fedor, Andrei Arlovski, and Josh Barnett are also believed to be high on Golden Boy/Affliction’s wish-list.