MMAJunkie speaks to Affliction VP, Tom Atencio:
“I hope [all three organizations can survive], but you never know,” Atencio said. “The UFC likes to crush. That's what they do, and that's what they've done. They don't want competition, and that's evident by them putting on the free event on Saturday, replaying [UFC 94 on Spike TV in order to counter-program Strikeforce].
“But it is what it is. [“Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz”] was a successful show. You saw the amount of people in there. If we can all three stay in, then great. If not, then I guess the strong will survive.”
Affliction is currently in the development stages of promoting its third event. Rumors of a July 11 date that would counter-program UFC 100 have been widely circulating. Atencio said while nothing is finalized, that plan would be absurd.
“That's all rumors, and that's just what people think,” Atencio said. “In my eyes, it's not even a possibility. It doesn't make sense.”