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Atencio and Emelianenko Heading in Same Direction

Written by Tom Ngo
June 10th, 2009
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Without a doubt, Affliction Entertainment’s biggest draw is WAMMA heavyweight champ Fedor Emelianenko. After his fight against Josh Barnett at “Affliction: Trilogy” on August 1st, his current contract with the popular clothing company becomes a thing of the past. If Affliction’s VP Tom Atencio gets his way, Fedor will be his employee for another few years.

Affliction’s front-man is confident that when it’s time to belly-up to the negotiating table, he and his Russian comrades will be able to come to terms.

“Well, contractually, yes, but we have a great relationship with him, so we’re really not too concerned about that,” Atencio told 5thRound.com in an exclusive interview regarding Emelianenko and his contract. “We’re gonna move forward with M1-Global, they’re our partners, we just haven’t finalized the little nuances of the contract. But yeah, we are looking to bring him on until 2012.”

Through 2012? Well why would the non-committal Atencio want to lock-in MMA’s Terminator if his organization wasn’t intending on hosting future mixed martial arts shows? Why would he want to make that kind of commitment if he lives by the ‘I take this one event at a time’ code that he often preaches?

Fact of the matter is, Atencio would love nothing more than to do this forever, even though he has been hush-hush on a future past this August 1st show. So for now, he just wants to relish in this ginormous heavyweight scrap.

He was the one hard at work in the lab putting this thing together for all of us to enjoy, so let’s kick back and do so.

“This is the fight the world has been wanting to see, anybody that knows MMA knows that this is the ultimate match-up,” Atencio told us in closing. “Both are fantastic mixed martial artists, as well as friends, so it’s going to be an exciting night.

“So this is the pinnacle, we are reaching Mount Everest.”

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