As is turns out, Affliction is bringing out the big guns for its second show.
Affliction Vice President
Emelianenko was scratched from consideration for the originally scheduled event due to a chip fracture he sustained in his 36-second win over former UFC champ
With the confirmation, it appears Emelianenko has chosen profit over sentiment in forgoing his beloved New Year's performance.
Atencio promised a major announcement on Affliction's future this Saturday at the MGM Grand Hotel, where the
Regarding a possible pairing of the MMA and boxing promotions, Golden Boy CEO
It would not be the first time the two companies had mingled. In March of this year, a partnership was nearly forged between Affliction and Golden Boy for Emelianenko's second fight in the U.S.
A source close to the negotiations said talks broke down when Affliction made the partnership announcement prematurely. When contacted for comment in March,
But by Saturday, that time may be over.
MMAWeekly.com could not reach Atencio to confirm whether Golden Boy or HBO is part of Saturday's announcement.