Ariel Helwani from Versus.com caught up with Affliction COO Michael D. Cohen earlier today to get official comment on reports that Affliction could hold it’s third, and potentially final, event on July 11th opposite UFC 100 and possibly Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s return to boxing.
Though Cohen confirmed the July 11th date remains under consideration, he also mentioned that the promotion is not looking to directly go up against the UFC and would prefer a date when they’re the only major event.
“Right now, nothing is signed,” Cohen said. “We are exploring several different dates including that July 11th date. There’s so much that has to go into deciding what date that third event is going to take place on. I don’t think we are ever looking to go up against the UFC or anyone for that matter. We are certainly not looking to share the viewers or the audience that is our there. We would like a date to ourselves because, at the end of the day, we want the greatest number of people to be watching.”
In the interview Cohen confirmed that a venue has been secured for the promotion’s next event but didn’t disclose the location. He also shot down rumors that the event could be the promotion’s last.
“It’s absolutely untrue. The Trump involvement has really elevated Trump’s Affliction to becoming a real contender in this sport. Trump’s Affliction Entertainment is going nowhere except to the top, and the company will continue throughout 2009 and well into 2010. It’s here. It’s here to stay.”
Finally, Cohen confirmed that money remains a major concern to the company, with fighters possibly facing pay cuts in the near future.
“You have to look to see what’s going on in the world right now. We want to be able to make the event affordable to the viewers, and those who are going to be in attendance. Obviously Affliction needs to make money in order to keep the engine going.”