There is a very well written and informative blog piece on the first Affliction show over at USA Today. The updated fight card for the July 19th show from The Pond in Anaheim is as follows:
- Fedor Emelianenko vs. Tim Sylvia
- Josh Barnett vs. Pedro Rizzo
- Matt Lindland vs. Fabio Negao
- Renato Sobral vs. Mike Whitehead
- Aleksander Emelianenko vs. Paul Buentello (not yet official)
- Ben Rothwell vs. TBA
- Mark Hominick vs. Savant Young
- Justin Levens vs. Ray Lazama
- Mike Pyle vs. Brett Cooper
- J.J. Ambrose vs. Patrick Speight
The article also points out that despite the talent on the roster only Tim Sylvia has main evented a pay-per-view with more than 100,000 buys. This is important as Affliction plans to air the main card live on pay-per-view at a UFC-like price of $45-$50. If I may make a suggestion I would hope Affliction would go the PRIDE/K-1/others route and carry 7 or 8 live fights one after another. That’s one advantage most fans would appreciate over the UFC’s product as you get more action for your buck and truly feel like you’ve seen a full show instead of half of one.
The fights will take place inside of a ring, not a cage. This might not be new news but I had yet to officially hear that from anyone personally. Also, despite reports, Affliction is still negotiating with HDNet for a television spot. The plan is to air the card live on pay-per-view and then air it on free tv a few days later.
Affliction VP Tom Atencio also stated that their second show should be in October with the goal of the Fedor/Sylvia and Barnett/Rizzo winners fighting one another in the main event.