Tom Atencio discusses the fall

by Ariel Helwani | source:

Why did you ultimately decide to cancel the show?
There simply wasn't enough time to promote a new main event, especially for pay-per-view.

Are the rumors true that you were planning on canceling the show even before Josh Barnett tested positive for an anabolic steroid?

Who made the final decision?
The team at Affliction Entertainment.

How close were you to finding an opponent for Fedor Emelianenko?
Quite a few fighters stepped up and were interested in the challenge, but nothing was ever finalized.

How hard was it for you to pull the plug on the show?
Canceling this fight was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do.

When you announced the cancelation of the show, was there already a deal in place with the UFC?

No. We made the decision to cancel the fight prior to any sponsorship agreement with the UFC.

How did that deal come about?
Based on timing, the deal came about and made sense for both companies.

How difficult was it to bury the hatchet with the UFC after everything that was said about you over the last year?
I've always said I'm about the future of MMA – the sport and the fighters. What happened last year is in the past and I'm looking forward to the future.

Will the fighters who were supposed to compete on the card still get paid?
I have worked out deals with most of the fighters at this time. In one form or another we are working out some type of compensation.

Looking back, do you wish you could have done anything differently?
Sure, hindsight is 20/20 and I probably would have done a few things differently, but overall I'm very pleased with what we were able to accomplish.

What becomes of your relationships with Trump, Golden Boy and HDNet?
Nothing has changed. Our relationship with each of our partners remains strong.

M-1 said Fedor only learned of the cancelation when he landed in the US. Is that true?
We contacted Fedor's reps in the US to tell them about the cancllation immediately. He was already en route to the States.

What is your relationship like with M-1 now?
Like every relationship we have in MMA, it is important for this relationship to remain strong.

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orcus site profile image  

7/29/09 9:48 PM by orcus

 "He is saying Fedor needs to come to the UFC in order to be legit. " No, that's not even close to what he said.

Adam Smith site profile image  

7/29/09 9:43 PM by Adam Smith

You are an obtuse tool. He is saying Fedor needs to come to the UFC in order to be legit.  He  cut a deal with White after being shit on & didn't bother telling Fedor the fights were off before he got on the plane? What the fuck is the matter with you? Think for yourself.  Attencio fucked a lot of people over after being fucked over by Barnett. The guy has no balls and there is no getting around it.  

ThEUniT site profile image  

7/29/09 9:35 PM by ThEUniT

No longer an Afflcition Fan. I will try to attend M1 Global in LA.

orcus site profile image  

7/29/09 10:50 AM by orcus

 "His part about Fedor needing to prove he is the best in the world says all you need to know about Attencio" How the fuck you got that from what he actually said is beyond me. Way to go.

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7/29/09 10:50 AM by Baroquen Record


rock1775 site profile image  

7/29/09 10:50 AM by rock1775

ufc is great for the economy

frontrowbrian site profile image  

7/29/09 10:50 AM by frontrowbrian

 atencio is really a stand up guy for agreeing to that ''interview'' via email.  i used to have a lot more respect for him

EvilMaster site profile image  

7/29/09 10:47 AM by EvilMaster

It's funny...I read that whole thing. And all I got from it was..."Blah blah blah...Blah blah...Blah blah blah...Now that we're back in the UFC we will actually make money again...Blah blah."

dnemo56 site profile image  

7/29/09 10:44 AM by dnemo56

Atencio is not going to loose everything he has to keep a losing company going.The fighter are payed by fights so you don't pay them for fight they have not fought yet!If they are worth it UFC or another company will pick them up.

Mike Russell site profile image  

7/29/09 1:10 AM by Mike Russell

Can't blame Ariel. Looks like an email interview. I hate doing them. The respondent never gives more than one or two sentences and has time to reconsider/ rewrite his or her answers before sending them in. They always end up a PR piece with fluff answers. "Will Affliction and/or Tom Atencio ever promote another MMA event?  Yes, through sponsorship and the support of MMA fighters."