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Affliction Fumbles Again

Five Ounces has the scoop:

On Saturday afternoon, was informed by a source that a proposed deal between Affliction and HDNet appeared to have fallen through. As a result, Affliction was not able to finalize an agreement to book the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas for its first show.

The event, which is slated to be headlined by Fedor Emelianenko taking on Tim Sylvia, could now be held at The Pond in Anaheim, Calif., instead. That revelation was made by current UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture while appearing Saturday night as a guest on "Rear Naked Radio" on 105.3 FM in Dallas.

So now they've botched their deal with HDNet and burned a relationship with Mark Cuban. Add this to the continuing question marks about Fedor AND the collapse of Affliction's partnership with Golden Boy Promotions and you've got one FUBAR'd deal. To me, the Golden Boy deal was the real showstopper as it very likely would've brought an HBO deal along with it.

I'd say Dana White is sleeping easy this Sunday morning.

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