Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio is planning a pay-per-view fight for June 27 at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Miss. -- though it won't be for his stable of fighters at a planned Affliction III event.
Instead, the 42-year-old T-shirt mogul will be strapping on the gloves to throwdown with a yet-to-be-named opponent on the undercard of the Bobby Lashley vs. Bob Sapp event according to MMA Fanhouse.
Here's a snip:
"I love this sport and I am not a wannabe. I've fought before and I have respect for anyone who steps into the ring win, lose or draw. They're doing something that most of the world will never do. I think (it will be contested at) 160, maybe 155. Not sure I can make 155 at 42 years old."
Atencio (1-0) enjoyed a successful mixed martial arts debut back in January of 2005 when he outpointed David Martinez (2-3) at the 'Total Combat 7' event held in Tijuana, Mexico.
While a spot on Affliction's next card would be a perfect fit, Atencio didn't think his Affliction colleagues would have approved, despite the fact that they are '100 percent behind' his decision to continue fighting.
No telling how his training camp will affect his involvement in planning Affliction's next event, but no question UFC President Dana White is somewhere is Vegas watching very closely.
And probably laughing hysterically.