FiveOuncesOfPain.com was informed over the weekend that former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski finalized a non-exclusive contract agreement with the Affliction MMA promotion late last week.
MMARated.com is now reporting that Arlovski’s signing with the promotion will be announced during a press conference that has been scheduled for Thursday in New York at the Trump Tower.
It is also expected that Arlovski will be confirmed as fighting Ben Rothwell during the promotion’s inaugural pay-per-view, scheduled for July 19 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
MMA Rated is also reporting that according to Michael D. Cohen, the special counsel to Donald Trump, Trump will be announced during the same press conference as having joined the Affliction MMA promotion as a significant equity partner.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com also heard from a source on Tuesday afternoon that former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz could be making an appearance during the press conference. While the UFC still retains a right of first refusal on his contract, our source indicated to us that Affliction is considered a leading destination for Ortiz.