AXS-TV to air two-hour 'Affliction: Banned' special on show's 11th anniversary

There were few more memorable evenings in MMA history than July 19, 2008.

That was date of “Afflication: Banned” in Anaheim, Calif., an event which was as over-the-top as the gaudy apparel which Affliction represented.

There was the appearance of one Donald J. Trump in the buildup to the card. There was the performances by Megadeth, for whom the card stopped several times so they could play for an audience mostly disinterested in the show.

On, and there were the fights, and the giant ring in which the fights were contested. There was the battle of former PRIDE and UFC champions, respectively, in Fedor Emelinanko vs. Tim Sylva. There was a memorable war between Anrdei Arlovski and Ben Rothwell, which the former won with a flying knee. And there was so much more.

A week from Friday, on the 11th anniversary of one of the truly legendary evenings in MMA history, AXS-TV will premiere a two-hour special honoring the show. The which will be hosted by Ron Kruck, will feature all five main-card bouts.

“Affliction immediately came out swinging in 2008 and instantly changed the MMA landscape when they assembled some of the top HWs in the sport for their initial event, including arguably the greatest of all time Fedor Emelianenko,” Kruck stated. “For AXS TV Fights to revisit this historic anniversary is going to be awesome for MMA fans who may have been at the show 11-years ago, bought the pay-per-view or may be watching the fights for the first time.”

The show will air at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on July 19. You can see the promo for the show below:

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