Affliction will be making their third event at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on August 1st, 2009. The main event will headline a heavyweight title match between current champion Fedor Emelianenko against former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett. Although many have questioned whether or not Affliction would continue to provide future MMA events, COO Michael D. Cohen tells us that there will certainly be more shows to come.
Here’s a snip from COO Michael D. Cohen as he talks to mma.fanhouse.com:
“[Affliction 3] Trilogy just means that this is the third. This is the third of the series…This is just the third event that Affliction will be promoting, and I can assure you that there will be a fourth; a fifth; and a sixth…It was a significant debate amongst the members of the board of Affliction whether to go to a different venue or to stay at the venue which we have hosted the last two events. If you look historically, the last two events were sell-outs of over 16,000 fans for each of the events. The fan base in California and in that surrounding area is so enormous that the decision was to stay in that locale. The fourth one will most probably be on the East Coast…I think that with each event we’re certainly getting better and we’re making changes that have made the event quicker and more interesting for the fans. As you may recall, for the first event we had live music. While many people truly appreciated Megadeth as musicians, it probably was not the right venue for an MMA event. So, that was cut out. The second event we think went very, very well. We thought that the production was very good. Not to the level of excellent yet, but it was very, very good. Our focus is on the production and making the production excellent.”