The word behind the new Golden Boy Promotions/Affliction MMA organization is that they already have Matt “The Law” Lindland signed to a three-fight contract, and are chasing after a few other big name fighters as well. Fedor Emelianenko has been linked with the new organization, but according to Inside MMA they are also looking to sign Andrei Arlovski, Josh Barnett, Ben Rothwell and Aleksander Emelianenko.
For those who aren’t aware, Golden Boy/Affliction have the money to pony up and sign all of the aforementioned fighters. The only problem that they are going to run into is whether or not those fighters would be willing to forgo the UFC’s limelight for an up-and-coming organization.
With Oscar De La Hoya at the helm though, there’s no doubt that there will be immediate fanfare and name recognition as soon as they hold their first event.
Rumor has it that they are looking to hold their first event sometime in June in Las Vegas, but obviously they’d have to have some fighters signed before holding an event.
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