Fedor Emelianenko

Fedor, Golden Boy in Affliction’s Sights?


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”.

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Couture Returns to UFC; Fights Lesnar in Nov.


Randy Couture. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Randy Couture has returned to the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

After a year-long feud between Couture and the UFC saw both sides battle it out in court and in the media, UFC President Dana White announced today that the promotion has inked Couture to a new multi-fight deal that will have him take on former professional wrestler and upstart contender Brock Lesnar at UFC 91 on November 15.

The mega-fight will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas instead of Portland, Oregon’s Rose Garden as previously expected and will be for Couture’s UFC heavyweight title.

“We’ve had problems with Randy over the last few months, but we’ve resolved them all,” White said on a media conference call this afternoon. “Randy has always been our heavyweight champion. We can basically put on fights that fans want to see now. Mark my words, Couture vs. Lesnar will be the biggest fight in UFC history.”

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Affliction Inks Fedor to Contract Extension


Fedor Emelianenko. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.

Perennial heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko has reportedly signed a contract extension with Affliction Entertainment, who are looking to have Emelianenko defend his WAMMA heavyweight title at the organization’s planned third event in either January of February according to MMA News.

“We’ve just extended our deal with Fedor and we are very happy about that,” Affliction VP Tom Atencio told the website. “We are looking at the Arlovski/Barnett elimination fight right now with the winner fighting Fedor for sure in January or February.”

Atencio also stated that although Emelianenko currently plans on fighting in Japan for his annual bout on New Year’s Eve, nothing is official in that regard.

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White Thanks Fedor for “Ridding” of Sylvia


Tim Sylvia. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

How times have changed…

When Tim Sylvia and UFC President Dana White first commented on Sylvia’s release from the organization back in March, both were relatively cordial towards each other, each leaving open a door if Sylvia did indeed want to return to the promotion he called home for many years in the future.

These days, it seems that isn’t the case. In a surprising move, White has now blasted Sylvia, essentially thanking Fedor Emelianenko for dispatching of Sylvia in less than a minute at Affliction’s debut show last month in California. Despite the win, White’s criticism of Emelianenko and his recent choice of opponents remains, albeit not as harsh as before

From Yahoo! Sports:

“He’s not the best pound-for-pound fighter, not even close, but he’s one of the four or five best heavyweights,” said White, who undoubtedly would be singing Emelianenko’s praises to the heavens the moment he got the stoic Russian’s name on a UFC contract.

“But we all have to thank him for getting rid of Tim Sylvia. He’d been stinking out the joint the last couple of years and Fedor did everyone a favor by beating him so easily and getting rid of him.”

At the post-fight press conference for UFC Fight Night 14, White did Fedor his props for beating Sylvia so easily and actually facing a top heavyweight for the first time in three years. But these comments towards Sylvia are new, almost echoing the sentiments of fans who voiced their displeasure with Sylvia’s lackluster performances against Andrei Arlovski (in their UFC 61 bout) and Jeff Monson among others.

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Fedor Talks Couture; Duran Wraps MacDonald

Perennial top heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko sat down with Raw Vegas for an interview yesterday at Affliction’s brand-new store in Los Angeles, California. In the above video, Fedor talks about his future in the sport, his thoughts on UFC President Dana White, his interest in fighting Randy Couture and Brock Lesnar, and his pre-fight preparation methods.

After the jump, Mike Straka of Fox News talks with famous boxing and MMA cutman, Jacob “Stitch” Duran, as he wraps the hands of middleweight contender Jason MacDonald before his fight with Demian Maia at UFC 87 this past weekend.

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Affliction’s October Show Now in Doubt


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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.

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Fedor-Arlovski Set for Affliction in October


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. 

Measuring the Success of Affliction

As a company, Affliction is already a successful clothing line.  From sales to brand power, it’s getting the job done.

Extending that brand to become a premier MMA organization is a whole other matter.

For Affliction to make the splash they wanted to they dished out big salaries to the widey-regarded top heavyweight in the world, along with other big name and former UFC champions.  A risky proposition for a newly formed organization.  Creating a bigger speedbump was the big kid on the block, the UFC, quickly putting together an event to air, for free on cable, on the same night.

Glancing at the numbers, and given the fan and media reception, it’s likely we’ll see a second event from Affliction.

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Evening News and Notes - July 21, 2008


Randy Couture. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Couture Expecting Contractual Ruling This Week

Embattled UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture reportedly expects a Texas state court to rule this week on his contractual standing with the organization, potentially setting up an anticipated showdown between himself and heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko according to Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com.

Even though a ruling may be made, Couture believes that his status won’t be completely finalized due to possible appeals from the losing party. However Couture remains confident that he will indeed face Emelianenko sometime before his impending retirement in the near future.

“When, where and with what promotion — we don’t know,” Couture said in the report. “It could happen in the UFC. We just don’t know. I want it to happen. Fedor wants it to happen. In some way, shape or form, we’re going to make it happen.”

Affliction: Banned Salaries and Numbers

The California State Athletic Commission today released the official fighter salaries, attendance numbers, and gate receipts for this past weekend’s “Affliction: Banned” event, which took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim in front of a crowd of 14,832. According to the commission, 3,590 complimentary tickets were given out and 740 tickets went unsold. The gate receipts turned in a reported $2,085,510. The complimentary and unsold tickets were worth 757,900.

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Fedor Submits Sylvia at Affliction Premiere


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.”

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