After getting banned as a sponsor from the UFC, the apparel company known as Affliction decided to put on their own MMA promotion, hosting their first event, Affliction: Banned, on July 19, 2008. The debut event was headlined by the G.O.A.T. Fedor Emelianenko club and subbing former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia in a sporty 36 seconds. The co-main event involved Andrei Arlovski locking horns with Ben Rothwell, becoming the first man to stop Rothwell with strikes.
Also on the card, Josh Barnett made his long awaited return to U.S. soil, KO’ing Pedro Rizzo in a rematch of a UFC 30 bout where Rizzo KO’d Barnett. On the prelims, Vitor Belfort earned an epic knockout of Terry Martin, leaving Martin sitting unconscious in between the ropes. To add a little something extra to the evening, Affliction hired legendary metal band Megadeth to play the event, which seemed to be the cherry on the top of a successful debut show. Tune in next week as we cover the 2nd, and final event of the short-lived promotion, as we discuss Affliction 2: Day of Reckoning.
Fedor Emelianenko def. Tim Sylvia by Submission (RNC) at :36 of round 1: WAMMA Heavyweight Title
Andrei Arlovski def. Ben Rothwell by KO at 1:13 of round 3: Heavyweight
Josh Barnett def. Pedro Rizzo by KO (Left Hook) at 1:44 of round 2: Heavyweight
Matt Linland def. Fabio Nascimento by Unanimous Decision: Middleweight
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Edwin Dewees by TKO at 4:06 of round 1: Light Heavyweight
Vitor Belfort def. Terry Martin by KO at 3:12 of round 2: Middleweight