LOS ANGELES -- At a press luncheon on Tuesday, Affliction vice president
As of yet, few details on the negotiation exist, but Atencio initially said the dollar signs associated with the record-breaking contract are the major sticking point.
"We've got a contract, and it's just not feasible," Atencio said.
Both Atencio and Cohen have fielded interest from a large number of free agents looking to sign with the new promotion. Affliction received a great deal of attention, much of it negative, for the $3 ot $4 million it paid to fighters in its first show, "Banned," on July 19. Afterwards, Atencio told MMAWeekly.com one of his future concerns was to make sure fighters didn't look at Affliction as a "cash cow." And while there's no doubt Ortiz can sell tickets for Affliction, it would come at a steep premium.
"It gets back to whatever I do in business, it's always about dollars and sense," Atencio continued. "With some fighters it's not, with some fighters it is. There's just so many variables."
Still, Atencio stopped short of criticizing the outspoken fighter for his demands. There are simply more variables for Ortiz, who also said he wanted to get involved in the promotion side of his next home.
"I think that if you go into an organization, whether it's fighting or promotion, if you feel you're worth something, and you don't go after it, you're never going to know what you're worth. I go through 90 percent of my contracts with fighters. Everybody's different."
Atencio gave no timetable for the potential signing, but Cohen said he did not expect a deal to be reached in time for Affliction's "Day Of Reckoning" at the Thomas and Mack Center on Oct. 11 in Las Vegas.