Affliction has updated their Day of Reckoning site with the following information: Fedor vs Arlovski, January 24th at the Honda Center. Is it officially official yet? I suppose so until Tom Atencio tells us otherwise. You can also play bookmaker with a number of other names on the webflyer: Vladimir Matyushenko, Jay Hieron, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Babalu Sobral, Josh Barnett, Matt Lindland, Chris Horodecki, and Vitor Belfort. Arrange these fighters in a way that will allow Affliction to break 100,000 PPV buys and you’ll win a Nobel prize for cheating the laws of reality!
One last thing noticed by our man Steve at MMA Convert: see the partners listed in the top right where Showtime PPV is listed? This probably means that HBO was really really cereal when they said ‘Fuck off MMA’ a few weeks ago, so Golden Boy and Affliction will be using Showtime’s pay per view deal rather than get raped on PPV rates by themselves.
Is that it, though? It’s hard to know what everyone plans to do now that ProElite is dead and many are tapping Affliction to take over the CBS deal. That may be the case, but I don’t think January’s event will land on network television. Looks to me like they’ve settled on a PPV.