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Rumor: Affliction is DONE... (Updated: Atencio Denies)

Afflictionlogo_mediumPromoted from the Fanposts by Kid Nate. Please note that this news is unconfirmed but MMALogic has shown himself to be a credible inside source in the past.

Affliction MMA is Done.

Tom Atencio will be making an announcement soon.

A third show will probably happen to fulfill Affliction Entertainments larger contract obligations unless a deal with Zuffa can be arranged to offset some of the costs while Affliction pays off their contract obligations via "sponsorships"...

You could hear in Tom's voice after the event - the realization that:

Everyone is making money here (Trump, Golden Boy, the fighters, etc...) at the expense of Affliction losing millions.

With Affliction footing virtually the entire bill and after PPV distributor: Showtime and Promoter Golden Boy taking their cut - Affliction is left with less than $13 per PPV buy to cover expenses.

Making the initial estimate of 250,000 buys not even close to what will be needed to break even.

Update from Michael Rome:  I have been digging at this story for the last 3 or 4 hours since I first heard it.  I believe it to be true.  A source at UFC informed that Lorenzo Fertitta was contacted today by Affliction looking for a "beneficial" way out, but it was only one source and it remains just a rumor.

Update 2:  Tom Atencio was apparently on a Sirius show and denied the end of Affliction.  He also denied ever being on the Tom Leykis show, which was a rumor posted elsewhere:

Tom Atencio denies all rumors of Affliction closing its doors.  He denies even appearing on the Tom Leykis show or talking with the UFC. 

"Things are moving forward...as long as people are talking about me I must be doing something right."

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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