So it seems that there are some Affliction news today, but it is not in a good light as their former prized employee, Fedor Emelianenko and M-1 Global has filed a lawsuit on Affliction’s clothing line and their entertainment division as well for breach of contract which states that they canceled this past August third event titled “Trilogy” plus what Affliction owes for Fedor’s fight salary and other issues as well.
According to was able to get the details which also involves the UFC which was able to come to terms with Affliction by bringing them back in as a sponsor as they shut down operations as an MMA promoter.
Here is what has been stated on the formal complaint:
“Plaintiff is informed, believes, and based thereon alleges Affliction intended to sign Brett Rogers to fight in Affliction: Trilogy and intended to go forward with the event if the UFC deal failed, but intended to cancel [the event] if the UFC deal closed. Brett Rogers was ready, willing, and able to fight Emelianenko in [the event], but instead of honoring its promises to Emelianenko and M-1 by signing Rogers, Affliction elected to serve its own financial interests at the expense of its partners.”
As we all know the beginning of the end began for Affliction a week before the Affliction “Trilogy” event as Fedor’s main event opponent, Josh Barnett tested positive for a banned substance which had the ceased promotion searching for a suitable replacement which consisted of Vitor Belfort, Bobby Lashley and Brett Rogers of StrikeForce and if that turns out to be true, then Affliction as a whole may be in some jeopardy as M-1 Global believes that Affliction’s deal with the UFC was the main reason that the event closed their doors and were stalling to get a quick replacement in order to save the August 1 event in Anaheim, California.
The UFC has not only added Affliction back to their list of sponsors, but have brought in the majority of their fighters contracts, so now the UFC will also be taking the stand in the courtroom in an attempt to bail out the once failed MMA promotion.
Fan Question: How do you see this debacle going down?