A week of misfortune turned to disaster for Affliction Entertainment on Friday, as the promotion canceled Affliction “Trilogy,” which had been scheduled for Aug. 1 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

“Finding an opponent for the number one-ranked MMA heavyweight champion in such a short period of time was a huge endeavor, and I’m thrilled at the amount of fighters willing to take on this challenge,” Affliction Entertainment Vice President Tom Atencio said in a news release. “But in the end, we just didn’t have enough time to promote a new fight to our standards.”

SI.com reported the news first Friday morning, and Sherdog.com confirmed shortly after. The cancellation -- which could spell the end of Affliction's year-long run as a mixed martial arts promotion -- comes on the heels of heavyweight Josh Barnett's failed drug test, which forced him out of the “Trilogy” main event against Fedor Emelianenko on Wednesday. Barnett, 32, tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid and was denied licensure by the California State Athletic Commission.

Promoters scrambled to find a replacement opponent for Emelianenko and reportedly considered middleweight Vitor Belfort, light heavyweight prospect Muhammed Lawal and heavyweights Brett Rogers, Paul Buentello, Jeff Monson and Bobby Lashley.

Atencio declined to comment further when reached by Sherdog.com.

Loretta Hunt contributed to this story, which was updated at 2:10 p.m. ET to include Atencio's comments.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

VIDEO: Michael Bisping Calls Out Luke Rockhold, Says He Turned Down Jacare

  • 22 days ago
  • 33 views

Michael Bisping, who eventually got the call, said his "source very close to the UFC" told him that Luke Rockhold turned down a fight with Jacare Souza. read news >>

UFC 199 Video Highlights: Dominick Cruz Routes Urijah Faber in Trilogy Fight

  • 21 days ago
  • 15 views

Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz put his belt on the line for the first time against longtime rival Urijah Faber in the UFC 199 co-main event on Saturday. read news >>

UFC 199: 6 Takeaways From a Night The Forum

  • 19 days ago
  • 88 views

UFC 199 turned out to be a night of surprises. Dan Henderson isn't done, but Urijah Faber might be. Luke Rockhold is not the next Anderson Silva. And, yes, Brock Lesnar is back. read news >>

Full Fight Video: That Time Fedor Emelianenko Knocked Out Andrei Arlovski

  • 18 days ago
  • 57 views

Relive the classic matchup between Fedor Emelianenko and Andrei Arlovski from Affliction: Day of Reckoning on January 24, 2009 in Anaheim, California at the Honda Center. read news >>

Outside the Octagon: Count Turned King

  • 17 days ago
  • 8 views

Michael Bisping achieved his lifelong dream last week at UFC 199 when he shocked the world and defeated Luke Rockhold for the UFC's middleweight title. read news >>