07-13-2008, 10:31 AM
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Affliction VP Tom Atencio wants to work with UFC |
by John Morgan on Jul 13, 2008 at 1:17 pm ET
Less than a week away from Affliction's debut show "Banned," Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio is unfazed by UFC president Dana White's recent verbal outburst.
In fact, he's committed to Affliction and UFC at some point working together to create unified champions in all the sport's weight classes.
Atencio discussed the plans while a guest on TAGG Radio (TAGG Radio Network - Home of TAGG Radio & The Lights Out Show!), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com).
White recently called Atencio an "idiot who sells T-shirts for a living" and predicted severe financial losses for Affliction during an interview with Y101 FM in Richmond, Va.
"I would assume it comes from competition," Atencio said. "[White] obviously is worried about what we're doing."
Atencio maintained that Affliction is flattered by the UFC's decision to broadcast an event on cable television the same evening as the Affliction pay-per-view broadcast.
"[White] is obviously worried," Atencio said. "By him putting on another show, he sees us. We're in his sights. So we're obviously a threat to him, so maybe he feels like he needs to attack me."
Atencio also hopes White will eventually let down his guard and work with other organizations in an effort to declare true world champions.
"If we can all come together and work together as one organization and we have an undisputed champion -- heavyweight, lightweight, middleweight, etc. -- then, yeah it's great," Atencio said. "But is it going to happen? I don't know."
But regardless of future opportunities, Atencio said the comments from White were all a matter of protecting the UFC's own financial concerns.
"[White] used to wear our clothes," Atencio said. "He used to wear our T-shirts. Anybody who knows us, anybody who knows this line, knows we're not a T-shirt company. We are a clothing company. We manufacture denim. We do sandals, board shorts, hoodies -- everything you can think of.
"But, apparently (to White), we're a T-shirt company. Where does that comes from? I think it's just business. I completely understand. Business is business, and he's protecting his."
Atencio also discussed the WAMMA belt, future Affliction shows, and a possible showdown between Randy Couture and Fedor Emelianenko later this year. To hear the full interview, download Friday's edition of TAGG Radio, available for free in the TAGG Radio archives.
Source:Affliction VP Tom Atencio wants to work with UFC | MMAjunkie.com
if he thinks Dana will ever go for that.
HW: Andrei Arlovski, Cain Velazquez
LHW: Tito Ortiz, Forrest Griffin, Rampage, Ryan Bader
MW: Rich Franklin, Gegard Mousasi, Jorge Santiago
WW: GSP, Carlos Condit
LW: Kenny Florian, Sean Sherk, Nate Diaz