Affliction Day of Reckoning Postponed, Moved To Anaheim
September 10, 2008
The Oct. 11 Affliction event scheduled for the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas has been postponed, Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer confirmed Wednesday to Sherdog.com.
Affliction contacted Kizer on Wednesday morning to inform him that the event would be moved to a January date at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The main reason put forward for the postponement were very low ticket sales to this point, rivaling those of the IFL Orleans show from earlier this year. While the company had a few billboards promoting the show in Vegas, Affliction hit a brickwall when trying to promote the show through radio and other local media, with some companies being unwilling to sell them airtime, according to sources. The company was also said to have a poor casino partner in the Vegas market, an off-strip casino, that lacked the needed pull in the Vegas market help properly promote the show. The make-up of the card also has to factor in as well. The card lost a lot of its’ sizzle once it was known that Fedor Emilianenko would be unavailable for the card. Attempts to bolster the card with the signing of Tito Ortiz also fell through, as the two parties were unable to come to terms.
Correction: In the above item it was stated that casino was off strip. It is actually the venue for the show, The Thomas and Mack Center, that is off Strip, which presents it’s own problems. The casino in question is actually on the Strip but is a lower prestige casino that doesn’t have the pull or local cache of the Brand name casinos.