I will say it loud and clear, "I am now an Affliction believer!" The start-up MMA promotion did not have a perfect first event, by any measure, but it was better than the UFC card without a doubt. For whatever reasons (money, hatred of the UFC, personal redemption), the Affliction stars put on the better show and made up for the technical lapses, the scheduling of Megadeth, and the decision to let them play multiple songs. UFC Fight Night had their own troubles with the "Popeye Stoppage" and Brandon Vera's impression of an Ultimate Fighting Turtle.
In the end Affliction exceeded expectations, and the UFC met them. There is now a worthy opponent for the top MMA organization and with plans for a November PPV, they are not planning on going away any time soon. This is great news for MMA fans, MMA fighters, and the two promotions. Rivalry will always draw interest. Affliction's continued rise will force the UFC to put out a better product, and vice versa. I, for one, cannot wait to see what happens next.