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No date, no opponent, no nothing

God bless Tom Atencio, I appreciate what he’s trying to do for us as fans but he’s just so bad at dealing with the press. Here’s his latest statement regarding the next Affliction show:

Atencio was very vague about many details pertaining to the next show, going so far as to only say that the next event will “take place in the first quarter of ’09″ without even committing to the month. When asked by why he’s hesitant to give out a date, he stated that a deal with a proposed venue simply isn’t official yet.

“I haven’t finalized or signed the papers yet, and until I sign the papers with the venue and everything else, I just don’t want to have to re-schedule again,” Atencio told Five Ounces of Pain. “I don’t want to have to do that to the fans.”

Atencio was able to confirm that Emelianenko will headline the next show against a yet-to-be-determined opponent. He stated that Andrei Arlovski and Josh Barnett are both being considered. The mentioning of Barnett was interesting considering the fact that he’s stated publicly that he isn’t interested in fighting Fedor on the next Affliction show due to contract particulars.

Jeez, it’s a good thing Tom didn’t confirm already that Arlovski would face Fedor next. Oh wait, yes he did. Please please please please Tom, either keep your mouth shut or stick to the same story. You’ve almost hit parody levels of contradiction.