Fedor Emelianenko. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.
Quick results for Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” show last night are below. Fedor Emelianenko scored a first-round knockout of former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski to retain his WAMMA heavyweight belt in the main event. More coverage to come.
Brett Cooper def. Patrick Speight - TKO (Strikes)
Albert Rios def. Antonio Duarte - Unanimous Decision
L.C. Davis def. Bao Quach - Unanimous Decision
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Vladimir Matyushenko - KO (Knee)
Dan Lauzon def. Bobby Green - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Paul Buentello def. Kirill Sidelnikov - TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
Renato Sobral def. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou - Submission
Vitor Belfort def. Matt Lindland - KO (Punches)
Josh Barnett def. Gilbert Yvel - Submission (Strikes)
Fedor Emelianenko def. Andrei Arlovski - KO (Punch)
Andrei Arlovski. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Now that perennial heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko has returned to fighting viable competition, he will face his biggest test in over three years in the form of a newly-confident and conditioned Andrei Arlovski at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” event this Saturday night.
Critics continually slammed Emelianenko for his choice of opponents after his hard-fought decision win over Mirko Filipovic in August 2005, but the Russian silenced them with a 36-second destruction of Tim Sylvia, a man that has twice beaten Arlovski, this past July. However in a rare instance, it’s Arlovski’s own trainers that are questioning the fan-favorite in the weeks leading up to his toughest challenge to date.
Arlovski has been spending the majority of his training camp learning how to box under the tutelage of Freddie Roach, who has trained champion boxers such as Manny Pacquiao, Bernard Hopkins, and Oscar De La Hoya among others, and his usual coaches, such as jiu-jitsu specialist Dino Costeas, have been left with a limited amount of time to work with their client.
Here’s the third episode of “Fedor’s Road to Reckoning”, a new online video series in which fight fans are now being given an inside look into Fedor Emelianenko’s journey in the United States leading up to his much-anticipated bout against Andrei Arlovsi at this weekend’s Affliction event in California. Part two is after the jump.
Dustin Hazelett. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Here are your daily news and notes for the evening of January 22, 2009.
- Total Fighting Alliance veteran Bobby Green has agreed to step in as a last-minute opponent for UFC veteran Dan Lauzon at Affliction Entertainment’s “Day of Reckoning” show on Saturday night in Anaheim, California. If Green passes all required medical tests and paperwork in time for the event, he will be cleared to replace Chris Horodecki, who was forced off of the card because of a bulging disc in his neck.
- The Palace Fighting Championship has announced that their scheduled flyweight title bout between Rambaa Somdet and Pat Runez has been scrapped due to Somdet suffering from a pre-existing neck injury. “I thought I would be able to do it. I thought I would just fight as hard as I could in the first round,” Somdet said in a press release put out this afternoon. “It’s a pre-existing injury. I’ve had it forever six or seven years now. I think I have a torn tendon or something in my shoulder and I woke up after weigh-ins and I was in so much pain.”
Here’s the second episode of “Fedor’s Road to Reckoning”, a new online video series in which fight fans are now being given an inside look into Fedor Emelianenko’s journey in the United States leading up to his much-anticipated bout against Andrei Arlovsi at this weekend’s Affliction event in California.
Here’s the first episode of “Fedor’s Road to Reckoning”, a new online video series in which fight fans are now being given an inside look into Fedor Emelianenko’s journey in the United States leading up to his much-anticipated bout against Andrei Arlovsi at this weekend’s Affliction event in California.
Fedor Emelianenko, Tom Atencio, and Donald Trump. Photo courtesy of Affliction Entertainment.
Despite being the undisputed number one heavyweight Mixed Martial Artist(MMA) in the world, Fedor Emelianenko is largely a mystery to even his most devout fans.While those who follow the sport of MMA are very familiar with the former PRIDE heavyweight champion’s work inside the ring, very little about the man behind the fighter has been brought to the public’s attention.
On Tuesday night, fans will get to see Fedor Emelianenko like they’ve never seen him before when Fox Sports Net (check local listings for times) premieres its new documentary, “Fedor: Baddest Man on the Planet.”
Fedor Emelianenko. Photo courtesy of Affliction Entertainment.
Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko is considered the all-time ultimate mixed martial artist ever in the history of the sport and one who has redefined the genre of competitive fighting. His dominance over his opponents, coupled with the mystery that surrounds him, leaves audiences always curious and captivated.
Fedor is set to defend his WAMMA heavyweight title against Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski, in what is sure to be a blockbuster fight for Affliction M-1 “Day Of Reckoning,” January 24th at Honda Center and live on Pay-Per-View. The juxtaposition of Fedor’s quiet, humble demeanor with his eerie, assassin-like persona in the ring makes him the most intriguing figure in MMA today.
The WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko, widely considered to be the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world, began training when he was just a boy. At the age of 11 on a recommendation from his Judo instructor, Vasilyi Ivanovich Gavrilov, he began training with the Vladimir Nevsky Club.
Courtesy of Showtime Sports, here’s a five-minute video previewing the upcoming heavyweight clash between longtime divisional king Fedor Emelianenko and former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski, which will take place at Affliction Entertainment’s “Day of Reckoning show on January 24 in Anaheim, California.
We are now just 15 days from the second Affliction show, aptly named Day of Reckoning. The show will headlined by Fedor Emelianenko vs Andre Arlovski for the WAMMA Heavyweight Championship. Sandwiched the weekend between two UFC PPV’s, the show will take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.
Much ado was made about the fact that Afflicion’s co-promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, was planning on promoting an HBO Boxing telecast featuring Shane Mosley vs Antonio Margarito on the same night, across town in the Staples Center. While no definitive correlation can be made, one can gain some insight into how the ticket sales might be going for these two events.
As of this afternoon, one could log onto the Ticketmaster website and purchase tickets for either event. Affliction’s ticket prices are $50, $100, $200, $300, $450, and $1000 each. While no maximum number of tickets per household is listed per norm, it appears that the maximum you can get are 12. At this point, blocks of twelve tickets are available at all price ranges for Affliction.
Move to the Mosley-Margarito boxing card. The maximum number of tickets available for purchase is 6. The price range is much less expensive, available at $25, $50, $75, $150, and $300. Currently, six ticket blocks are available for the 2 lowest price ranges. Only single seats remain for the $75, $150, and $300 seats. So it looking like the attendance will be pretty good for that event.
Obviously for the Affliction event, they are hoping for large walk up sales similar to what happened for the first show. “Banned” drew 14,832 out of 17,000+ seats, with 11,242 sold and 3,590 given away, a very respectable figure indeed. But that show took place in July before the current economic crisis in the US truly began. The UFC recently had to give away close to a third of the tickets for their stacked UFC 92 card, a figure that was unusually high.
It was just this past October that Affliction was forced to cancel their originally scheduled second show due to poor ticket sales. That cancellation took place a little over three weeks from the event date, so this is a good sign. In the end, it will be interesting to see what the attendance for the Affliction event ends up being as it may go a long way to determining the financial stability of the organization.