Exclusive: Reason Why Affliction: Trilogy Was Cancelled

By Chris Howie
July 24th

It was reported earlier today by Josh Gross at SI.com that Affliction: Trilogy has been cancelled and MMANews.com can confirm after speaking to a number of fighter reps that the show is in fact off for August 1st.

We do not have the complete details of what sort of contracts were in place, but as it was explained to us, the basic reason why the show was cancelled was due to a legal issue with Pay Per View providers. Following Josh Barnett’s positive steroid test that was announced by the CSAC earlier in the week, Affliction would not have had enough time to change the promo spots and commercials that PPV providers were running.

The main draw of the card was the Josh Barnett Vs. Fedor Emelianenko main event and since that went up in smoke due to the positive test, Affliction legally could not run change the main event this close to the Pay-Per-View because it was the main focus of the promo’s.

So, at the end of the day, all legal reasons between Affliction and PPV aside, a positive test by Josh Barnett for performance enhancing substances is what shut the show down.

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