Affliction rolls on, despite doubters
By now, Affliction Vice President
None have been more vocal than UFC President
"In this economy right now, losing money is a really bad thing," he said. "There's nobody out there looking to fund anything, nobody's spending any money, nobody's investing in anything. When you're losing the kind of money that these guys are losing, you've gotta sell a lot of t-shirts to get back that money."
Until now, White's attacks have been limited to verbal slings and arrows thrown at Affliction. But during Tuesday's conference call, in response to questions about various legal disputes surrounding the Couture case, the outspoken president also may have hinted that his company could take its opposition to the next level -- possibly the courtroom.
"My dispute with Randy Couture is done," White said. "I'm not saying that my dispute with anybody else is done."
Atencio told MMAWeekly.com he had no knowledge of any forthcoming litigation against his company. He does, however, believe the UFC was interfering with his ability to promote in Las Vegas, though he wouldn't say how.
"They've been messing with me every step of the way," Atencio said. "There have been issues that I've been dealing with. So I can't say it's them, but there's been things we've been dealing with that have never happened before, so I guess that's why."
Atencio declined to discuss the financial state of his company, but said their plans had not changed -- promote three shows in July, October and February, and assess future plans from there.
"Once I get past these first three events, then I'll start talking about the next three," he said.
White told reporters he doesn't plan on stealing Affliction's crown jewel,
"These guys are dying on the vine, they'll be gone in a couple of months anyway, and Fedor will have to come here," said the outspoken UFC president. "You're not under contract if the company isn't in business anymore."
Atencio seems resolved to a dogfight with the industry-leading promotion in order to make his company's Oct. 10 event a reality. If that means going to court to do so, he's got a Zen attitude about it.
"It's their town, so it wouldn't surprise me," he said. "It is what it is."
Meanwhile, White issued another prediction of Affliction's end.
"I would be (expletive) horrified if Affliction is still in business by January," he declared. "They're going to burn a lot of cash in the next few months, believe me. Good luck to 'em. I'll be sitting here waiting to see what happens."