Dana White sees the future: Affliction Fighting folds, will now sponsor the UFC
“Affliction will be out of business in 2009. They lost a [expletive] load of money with their first event. We already have these guys signing Ortiz to a broadcasting contract. If they had any hopes at all for the future, Tito would be the last guy that they would sign. 2009 is the year they will be gone.” – Dana White
Looks like Dana White was correct.
In a surprising move, Affliction Fighting has decided to shut it’s doors and be a clothing sponsor of the UFC.
Affliction was to hold its third PPV event, titled “Trilogy”, which was supposed to feature Josh Barnett vs. Fedor Emelianenko; Barnett tested positive for an anabolic steroid earlier in the week and was denied a license. Earlier in the day Affliction canceled the Trilogy event, even though they had plenty of potential heavyweight fighters waiting in line to fight Fedor. Affliction claimed they did not have enough time to promote the fight up to their standards.