Following a whirlwind week for Affliction, the popular lifestyle clothing company has announced that it will cease operations as a fight promoter, thereby canceling their August 1 Affliction Trilogy fight card. In a twisted turn of events, Affliction announced yesterday that it would once again become a UFC clothing sponsor. With the last minute announcement that Josh Barnett could no longer compete at Affliction Trilogy, Affliction was left scrambling to find a suitable replacement to face Fedor Emelianenko in the main event. Unable to properly secure an opponent in time, Affliction announced their plan to cancel Affliction Trilogy and instead collaborate with their former rival, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, on a sponsorship level.
The Affliction and UFC rivalry made headlines a short while ago when the UFC officially banned the Affliction clothing brand from sponsoring UFC fighters, following Affliction’s announcement that it would also begin promoting fights. With the third Affliction MMA event originally slated for August 1, 2009, the clothing company had designed a solid range of Affliction Trilogy T-shirts to coincide with the event.
Despite the Affliction Trilogy card cancellation, the official T-shirts are still available for purchase online at afflictionclothing.com. Although the highly anticipated Fedor vs. Barnett match-up may never come to fruition, fight fans can still own a piece of MMA history that never actually had chance to happen with the Trilogy T-shirt collection. Best move quickly before these collectible pieces are gone for good.