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UFC, Affliction Officially Back Together

The UFC's ban against Affliction has been lifted.

An official release was sent out Friday evening announcing a "collaboration" that will see the lifestyle brand back at UFC events.

"We are excited about the return of Affliction to the UFC and look forward to seeing our fighters once again walk into the Octagon wearing the Affliction brands," UFC president Dana White said in a statement.

The UFC instituted a policy in January 2008 forbidding fighters from wearing Affliction clothing upon learning of Affliction's intention to enter the fight promoting business.

Affliction initially reacted to the ousting in stride, titling its inaugural event "Banned," but with two unprofitable shows and Friday's cancellation of the Aug. 1 "Trilogy" event, Affliction has made up with the UFC by calling it quits in organizing fight cards and staying in the sport only as a clothing sponsor.