Vadim Finkelchtein said he personally extended an invitation to UFC
President Dana White this week for Saturday’s co-promoted
Affliction and M-1 Global “Day of Reckoning” at the Honda Center in
M-1 Global’s CEO is still waiting for a reply, but it seems he
needn’t worry about sitting by himself in the audience. As of
Friday, multiple sources said the promotion had sold close to
11,000 tickets –- 1,200 of them on Thursday alone. If true,
Affliction’s second effort is on par with its July 19 predecessor,
which raked in a $2,085,510 gate from the 11,242 tickets it
Few shows are able to crack the 10,000-tickets-sold threshold in
North America, and though Affliction’s absorbent fighter purses
will certainly gobble this profit up, the ability to draw crowds
like this on a regular basis could indicate some staying power in
Even if the numbers don’t quite live up to July’s heyday,
Saturday’s undertaking could lay claim to milestone halfway around
the world. “Day of Reckoning” is said to be one of the first, if
not the first-ever pay-per-view in Russian history, according to
On the strength of comrade Fedor
Emelianenko, “Day of Reckoning” will be available through NTV
Plus at a going rate of around $40 to homes that are compatible
with the satellite service. Though the initial airing is at 5 a.m.
Moscow time, the one-time fee will allow viewers to watch the event
as many times as they like for a 24-hour period.
“One year ago, there was no system for this in place, but now it is
possible,” said Finkelchtein who also manages the 31-year-old
The Russian Information Agency (RIA), an Associated Press
equivalent, could not verify the auspicious statistic because of
the sheer number of splinter cable and satellite networks available
in the country, though it did concede, at the very least, that the
NTV pay-per-view event is a monumental development in Russia.
Sherdog.com could not confirm just how many of Russia’s 141 million
citizens will be able to access the service, though the program
will also be available in neighboring countries like the Ukraine,
Kazakhstan, Holland, and Monaco.
Affliction, M-1 Global, Golden Boy Promotions, and the Trump
Organization’s last-minute drive to game day has been highlighted
by a feature on the soft-spoken Emelianenko in The New York Times,
his appearance ringing NASDAQ’s opening bell on the New York Stock
Exchange on Tuesday, dual press conferences helmed by Oscar De La
Hoya on both coasts, and a plug from Donald Trump Jr. on Larry King
Live. Online documentary-style episodes from Andrei
Arlovski and Emelianenko, Showtime-produced vignettes, and
other marketing segments have also flooded the Internet and
garnered a few million hits combined.
On Saturday, 225 media personnel from more than 100 print, radio,
television and Internet outlets will attend the event, with another
75 persons turned away. Among the usual U.S., Japanese, and
Hispanic outlets, Russia will get its results through the RIA and
ITAR-TASS, another leading news service.