Trump Talks Affliction Partnership
NEW YORK -- Donald Trump plans to bring money and attention to
Affliction's MMA events, the real estate mogul said Thursday at a
news conference held to announce his partnership with the clothing
company turned promoter.
"I've got a lot of money," Trump told a room filled with
journalists on the 25th floor of Trump Tower. "That helps, right?
But also and perhaps more importantly, I seem to get a lot of
attention. For instance, if I wasn't here today, you might have
maybe one writer. And now the place is packed."
Trump said he had been discussing a partnership with Affliction for
"It's really something that I'm doing because I enjoy doing it," he
said. "If we make money, that's great. I think we will. I think it
will be successful. What I do is usually successful."
As evidence Trump cited his experience hosting some of Mike Tyson's
biggest fights as well as his success with the WWE's Vince McMahon.
He also put his partnership with Affliction in perspective.
"It's financial, but it's not a very big deal for me," he said.
"When you build a billion-dollar building like I'm doing in Dubai
and lots of other places, that's a much bigger financial
Twice Trump said Affliction has the best fighters in MMA. It was no
accident that a phone call interrupted the conference to back up
Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski (Pictures) was on the line via
"Hello, Andrei," Trump said. "You think this was a setup? This has
got to be the worst setup I've ever seen."
The room broke into laughter.
"We're having a very successful press conference," Trump told
Arlovski. "A lot of people showed up. Who knows what they're going
to write? Who the hell cares? It ultimately doesn't matter as long
as they write."
Arlovski thanked Trump and confirmed his fight with Ben Rothwell (Pictures) for Affliction's July 19 debut
event in Anaheim, Calif.
Trump also threw Tito Ortiz
(Pictures)'s name into the mix after
referencing the ratings success of "The Apprentice" on NBC, a show
on which Ortiz appeared.
"We'll probably be asking Tito to come along also," Trump said. "We
have many, many great fighters, but we'll be asking Tito to come
Ortiz, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, lost a decision to
(Pictures) on May 24 in what is
believed to be his last fight in the UFC. His ongoing feud with UFC
President Dana White has received constant attention.
Trump would not criticize White when given the opportunity
"I have great respect for Dana White," he said. "Some of the people
in the room may not like him. I like him and I think he's done a
very good job."
At the same time, Trump said the addition of another powerful
promoter is a positive move for the sport.
"If there's only one organization," he said, "you can pay the
fighters five dollars and they'll be happy to fight."
Affliction Vice President Tom
Atencio (Pictures) stood beside Trump while he
spoke. The juxtaposition made for a stark contrast: Trump in a suit
and Atencio in designer jeans with a chain hanging down his
An odd partnership perhaps but one that has plans for MMA
"I think there are things we can do to make this very, very
exciting," Trump said. "And my fights have always been very
exciting, even when I'm fighting with businesspeople."
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