Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer is reporting that Affliction Entertainment VP Tom Atencio is going to ask that his fighters take a 50% pay-cut for Affliction’s second show on October 11th. The fighter payroll for “Affliction: Banned” on July 19th had exceeded the $3.3 million mark, and as Atencio put it recently, “I also have to run a viable business.”
With a payroll that large, Affliction would be hard pressed to run a “viable” business. Now that Fedor Emelianenko has been ruled out of October 11th’s card, Affliction most likely will turn to Tito Ortiz and “Babalu” Sobral headlining their second event.
The Fight Opinion recently spoke to Josh Barnett about the rumored pay-cut and Barnett responded by saying that he would not take a pay-cut if he were asked.
Atencio has said in the past that he started Affliction Entertainment because he wanted to, “take care of the fighters who took care of us [Affliction].” Asking his fighters to take a pay-cut would definitely be a conflict to his prior statements, but with his main headliner out of the picture for this event, he understands that Affliction may have a hard time pulling off the same numbers as they did for “Banned.”