Affliction had its sophomore MMA event at the end of last month, and there has been a lot of talk that the company won't be able to afford to host a third MMA event again. I'm not sure about Affliction's financial situation, so I won't speculate about whether or not the company will be able to promote another show.
As a fan of MMA, I truly hope Tom Atencio and company will be able to find the cash to host another show, as I look forward to seeing Fedor Emelianenko fight Josh Barnett. Fighting off all these rumors and speculation of Affliction Entertainment's operations must be mentally tiring for him, but he's going to have to get used to it even if there is a third event this summer.
"We're looking at three to four months when we'll do the next fight," he told MMAJunkie.com. "The bottom line is we're here. We're coming up on the next event, and we'll give the date pretty soon."
I've attended a lot of MMA events, ranging from local smokers all the way up to UFC and Pride events. I've also gone to Strikeforce, EliteXC, and WEC events, so I'm used to seeing live events -- and there were some basic kinks that need to be fixed, but I think Affliction is willing to sacrifice more time, effort and money into having another event.
Although I highly respect Georges St. Pierre, B.J. Penn and Anderson Silva -- all of whom I've seen fight live -- it's just not the same when Emelianenko fights. Each and every time he fights I truly believe I'm watching an MMA legend solidify his legacy, and definitely felt that when he fought Andrei Arlovski in January.
For the sake of better competition -- and the fact that the Day of Reckoning event was highly entertaining to attend -- I hope a third event will take place sometime this summer.
Until another possible Affliction event, there is a lot of great MMA for fans to enjoy in the UFC and other events. As a reminder, don't forget that Diego Sanchez and Joe Stevenson headline UFC 95 free on Spike TV on Saturday, Feb. 21.