At a press conference held Tuesday in Los Angeles, the forces behind new fight promotion Affliction unveiled the stars of their "Banned" show to be held July 19 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
And according to
California State Athletic Commission executive director
The amount of the bond further refutes the rumors that the fighters' purses alone were expected to total six million dollars.
Also announced was a partnership with Fox Sports Net to air the evening's hour long undercard live.
Making his way to the black stage at the trendy Century City shopping mall, Fedor Emelianenko received a raucous welcome from hundreds of fans -- some of them waited five hours for an autograph -- before speaking for the first time about his fight with Sylvia. And not so subtly, he established the link between his services and Affliction, thanking M-1 Global -- the defunct American/Russian MMA promotion now run by his manager
"I'd like to thank Tim Sylvia for taking this fight," said Emelianenko. "I know him very well and have a tremendous amount of respect for him, and I look forward to meeting him in the ring."
Of course, the heavyweight-stacked line-up of fighters was decked out in Affliction, save for Sobral, who wore a crisp suit.
"I try to dress up a bit," he said. "I have to change my image. I guess I can't."
Though many fans expected Affliction to announce the signing of
Affliction vice president
"If I had a contract out to him, I would sign it," Atencio said.
Rothwell remains the only main card fighter without an opponent.