Fedor Emelianenko. Photo courtesy of Affliction Entertainment.
Perennial heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko will reportedly return to action at Affliction Entertainment’s second show, which has now been moved to January 2009 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California according to Mike Chiappetta of NBCSports.com.
Chiappetta confirmed Emelianenko’s participation with Affliction COO Michael Cohen, who stated that he has been confirmed as participating on the show and that an opponent for him is still being decided due to the possibility of the previously planned Andrei Arlovski vs. Josh Barnett showdown being broken up.
“It [Fedor’s opponent] is to be determined,” Cohen said in the report. “We are considering changing the combatants. We have not finalized that at this time. That is as a result of the issues to be revealed at the announcement.”
The announcement Cohen refers to will reportedly be made at a planned press conference at the Trump Tower in Manhattan within the next two weeks. According to Cohen, the revelation will be “groundbreaking”.
Brett Cooper. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
A welterweight bout between IFL veteran Brett Cooper and undefeated prospect Patrick Speight will reportedly finalize Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” card, which will take place on October 11th at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV according to a report by MMA News.
Affliction VP Tom Atencio was said to have confirmed Cooper vs. Speight as the final bout to be signed for the event yesterday. Both fighters were originally scheduled to be part of Affliction’s “Banned” show on July 19 but were removed from the card due to unknown reasons.
Andrei Arlovski. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Affliction Entertainment has officially announced that it’s next anticipated event, entitled “Day of Reckoning”, will take place on October 11th at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV in Las Vegas. The show’s main event will pit former UFC heavyweight champions Andrei Arlovski and Josh Barnett against each other.
Arlovski was originally rumored to be fighting WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko, who was unfortunately pulled from the event due to a lingering hand injury that will leave him unable to compete. Emelianenko suffered the injury in his recent win over Tim Sylvia at Affliction: Banned last month. He’s been medically suspended for six months by the California State Athletic Commission but could be permitted to fight earlier if cleared by a doctor.
Barnett avenged a prior loss to Pedro Rizzo at last month’s show in Anaheim, knocking out the Brazilian with a left hook in the second round. Arlovski meanwhile, battered former IFL standout Ben Rothwell over two rounds before finally putting the Miletich Fighting Systems product down for the count in the third.
Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com
Affliction caused quite a stir earlier this month when right after their successful debut into the world of MMA with “Banned”, VP Tom Atencio immediately started discussing plans for a second show later this year. News floated around and eventually it was reported that the promotion would hold a show right in the UFC’s backyard, even using one of their former champions in the main event.
However those clamoring to see Fedor Emelianenko and Andrei Arlovski duke it out for WAMMA’s “title”, (that would be all of us) may now have to wait a little bit longer for that to happen, and for more than one reason.
It’s not that alarming but the California State Athletic Commission released the official list of medical suspensions from Affliction’s July 19th event earlier today. Normally it would just be protocol to list out the suspensions and their length. However two of the the second planned show’s biggest draws may be unable to participate.
Fedor Emelianenko. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.
Fedor Emelianenko will reportedly defend his newly won World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts heavyweight championship against former UFC title holder Andrei Arlovski at Affliction Entertainment’s next planned show on October 11th in Las Vegas.
The news comes from Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, who has confirmed the bout, date, and location with Thomas & Mack Center director Daren Libonati, who has also stated that he expects a formal announcement concerning the event to come later this week.
Affliction VP Tom Atencio recently stated that he was targeting November 8th as the next date for an Affliction show. However rumored concerns involving Emelianenko and his desire to compete for Japan-based DREAM on New Year’s Eve may have forced Atencio’s hand. He reportedly would not “confirm nor rule out” the reported new date when contacted for comment earlier today.
Emelianenko, widely regarded as the sport’s top heavyweight, only needed 30 seconds to knock down and submit former UFC champion Tim Sylvia in Affliction’s “Banned” main event. Arlovski was victorious at the show as well, scoring a third-round knockout of IFL standout Ben Rothwell. Atencio confirmed earlier this week that along with Emelianenko and Arlovski, fellow heavyweights Paul Buentello and Josh Barnett would also be competing at the promotion’s next event as well.
Fedor Emelianenko. Photo courtesy of Affliction Entertainment.
The long-running dispute is now over. After over a year of continual debate regarding Fedor Emelianenko’s perennial status as the world’s top heavyweight, the former PRIDE title holder answered the call in fighting his first top-ranked opponent in nearly three years, and won, in decisive fashion.
Emelianenko quickly knocked down and submitted former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia in just 36 seconds, capping off a night of exciting action at Affliction Clothing’s inaugural event, which took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California in front of a host of notable athletes and celebrities.
Sylvia literally never even got started in the fight. After circling each other for a brief moment, Emelianenko stunned and dropped Sylvia with a flurry of left and rights. Fedor quickly pounced on the 6’8 Miletich Fighting Systems product, pounding away with hammer fists until Sylvia gave up his back, allowing Emelianenko to sink in the rear naked choke for the impressive finish.
After the bout, post-fight interviewer and former referee “Big” John McCarthy asked the Russian who he’d like to fight next. His answer then stepped into the ring in the form of current embattled UFC heavyweight champ Randy Couture, who is currently seeking legal help in the courts in his quest to fight Emelianenko before his impending retirement.
“I always thought that the day where I would have to fight Randy would come,” Emelianenko said after the fight with the help of a translator. “It would be a true honor to fight him and I hope that we will be able to work things out in order to make it happen.”
We will be going live at 7:00 PM ET with live results of tonight’s Affliction: Banned, the inaugural mixed martial arts show for the popular California-based clothing company, which will take place this evening at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
The show features a main event years in the making between former PRIDE title holder and perennial top heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko and five-time UFC champion Tim Sylvia. Other notable fights on the card include a rematch between Josh Barnett and Pedro Rizzo, a sure-fire war on the feet between Andrei Arlovski and Ben Rothwell, and the return to active competition of former Olympic wrestler Matt Lindland as he faces Brazilian submission wizard Fabio Negao.
Be sure to leave comments throughout the night. Details live results are after the jump.
Photo courtesy of Affliction Entertainment.
The official-weigh in results for tomorrow night’s Affliction: Banned event, which takes place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, are below. All fighters successfully made weight with the exception of Justin Levens, who weighed-in four pounds over the middleweight limit. However it’s unknown whether or not his bout against Ray Lazama is being fought a catch-weight or not.
In more unfortunate news, the scheduled bout between PRIDE veteran Aleksander Emelianenko and one-time UFC heavyweight title challenger Paul Buentello has been scrapped. According to the California State Athletic Commission, Emelianenko failed to meet the necessary licensing requirements. A replacement opponent for Buentello will not be able to be found in time.
Tickets still remain on sale for the event. The pay-per-view portion of the card will begin at 10 PM ET and FOX Sports Net will be airing three preliminary bouts tomorrow night as well. The promotion intends to televise as many fights as possible, including those prelims that will not be featured on FSN, which will act as swing bouts for the PPV.
Fedor Emelianenko (230 lbs) vs. Tim Sylvia (263 lbs)
Andre Arlovski (241 lbs) vs. Ben Rothwell (264 lbs)
Josh Barnett (256 lbs) vs. Pedro Rizzo (242 lbs)
Matt Lindland (185 lbs) vs. Fabio Negao (185 lbs)
Renato “Babalu” Sobral (201 lbs) vs. Mike Whitehead (206 lbs)
Vitor Belfort (185 lbs) vs. Terry Martin (185 lbs)
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (205 lbs) vs. Edwin Dewees (205 lbs)
Mike Pyle (171 lbs) vs. J.J. Ambrose (170 lbs)
Savant Young (145 lbs) vs. Mark Hominick (144 lbs)
Justin Levens (189 lbs) vs. Ray Lazama (186 lbs)
Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski discusses his upcoming bout against one-time IFL standout and Miletich Fighting Systems product Ben Rothwell at Affliction Entertainment’s upcoming “Banned” event this Saturday night in Anaheim, California in the above video courtesy of MMARated.com. Arlovski also touches on life after the UFC and whether or not he intends on entering the world of professional boxing.
However the highlight of the interview has to be Arlovski’s response after being asked about a possible relationship between rival Tim Sylvia and Arlovski’s ex-girlfriend Patrycja Mikula. (It’s the last question of the interview and the answer is hysterical. Arlovski 1, Sylvia 0)
Photo courtesy of Tim-Sylvia.com
I didn’t know this but apparently Andrei Arlovski broke up with his former Playboy bunny girlfriend, Patrycja Mikula. Not sure when it went down, but it did, and it appears that someone has picked up right where Andrei left off. It’s not who you think…
According to Steve Cofield, (who will be a great addition to Yahoo! Sports ever-growing MMA coverage) Mikula was seen hanging out with Tim Sylvia, whom Arlovski has fought three times in his career as we all know, at this weekend’s Adrenaline MMA event in Chicago. Why she was with Big Tim of all people, I will never know, but word on the street is that Arlovski wasn’t too happy the whole thing.
Cofield says through Miletich sources that Sylvia and Mikula are indeed dating. However Mikula has told our good friend Ariel Helwani that her and Sylvia “are good friends and are not dating as of right now” She also wouldn’t rule out the two dating in the future, the whole “never say never” sort of thing.
Apparently Sylvia invited Mikula to the event since she lives on minutes from the Sears Centre. Could it be something more though?
With both fighters under contract to Monte Cox’s new organization as well as Affliction, Sylvia had to know that Arlovski was going to be there in attendance. A fourth fight between the two could be set up rather easily. Sylvia has lost his last two bouts and could easily lose to Fedor next month as well. He’s beaten Arlovski twice and probably believes he could do it again to get back on track.
Is this a ploy to get Arlovski to ask Cox for another rematch? It’s possible. This might be a love-triangle worth paying attention to.