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Affliction: Banned Live Results

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.

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Affliction: Banned Weigh-In Results - Buentello vs. Emelianenko Cancelled


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.

Main Card:

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)

Preliminary Bouts:

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)

Countdown to Affliction: Banned (Video)

Affliction Entertainment has put out a series of videos previewing their debut “Banned” show, which will take place this Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The half-hour segment, which is hosted by longtime popular referee “Big” John McCarthy, focuses around the main event which features heavyweight phenom Fedor Emelianenko, who will be taking on former UFC champion Tim Sylvia for the WAMMA heavyweight title.

A Jay Glazer interview with Emelinanenko is featured as well as a profile on Sylvia that includes remarks from his longtime trainer Pat Miletich as well as Sylvia himself. The first part is above. The rest of the “Countdown” special is after the jump.

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Sylvia Planning to Pressure Fedor

Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia discusses his upcoming mega-fight against former PRIDE heavyweight title holder and perennial pound-for-pound king Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction Clothing’s upcoming “Banned” show this Saturday night in the above video. Sylvia also talks about his intentions of proving doubters wrong and securing his place as one of the best fighters in the world.

Tim Sylvia Talks Shop Pre-Fedor Fight


Photo courtesy of Tim-Sylvia.com

Tim Sylvia’s July 19th bout against Fedor Emelianenko, arguably the best heavyweight in the world, is fast approaching.  The question of whether Sylvia has a legit shot of beating Fedor is a valid one.  He provides some candid answers about his training for this fight and where he’s at mentally in this interview with David Andrest at mmajunkie.com:

MMAjunkie.com: We’re about two weeks away from your fight with Fedor Emelianenko. How is your back feeling? Will it be a concern going into this fight?

Tim Sylvia: I feel great. No problems at all. My back surgery was a while ago, and I no longer have problems with my back. Honestly, it feels so good that I don’t even think about it anymore.

MMAjunkie.com: Going into this fight, did you have to change your training much? Are there things you are doing differently as you ready for this bout?

Tim Sylvia: Well, sure there are some things you do differently as you get ready for specific opponents, but I’m sure you understand if I don’t go into details at this time. <laughs>

White Attempting to Fix Things With Couture?


Dana White. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

While it’s pretty easy to assume that the current relationship between UFC President Dana White and his reigning heavyweight champion, Randy Couture, might be a little rocky considering White’s company filed a defamation suit against Couture earlier this year, things might be starting to get a little better between the two.

White was a guest this morning on CBS and XM Satellite Radio’s “Opie and Anthony Show” (audio here) where he talked about a variety of topics, including his current situation with Couture. As he’s done all throughout the past eight months since Couture formally resigned from the promotion, White had nothing but good things to say about the UFC Hall-of-Famer.

“I have nothing but respect for Randy Couture,” White said on the program. “This guy is a real fighter and he’s always fought the best fighters in the world. So whatever his reasoning his for wanting to sit out for the remainder of this thing, I want Randy Couture back in the UFC. I want him to be a part of this thing for the rest of his life and I’m trying to work that out with Randy right now so we’ll see what happens.”

Whether or not White and Couture are really trying to work something out remains to be seen, but this is the first time in quite a while that White has even mentioned anything related to an attempt to patch things up with Couture.

White also discussed his attempts to sign former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko, widely considered the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world. While one of Couture’s main reasons for leaving the UFC was White’s inability to sign Emelianenko, he noted that his attempts were not made in vain.

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Evening News and Notes: April 24, 2008


Photo courtesy of FedorMMA.com.

M-1 Global has announced the launching of a mixed martial arts-based reality show that will center around former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko.

“Fighting Fedor” will involve sixteen heavyweights from all over the world traveling to Russia to live and train with the Red Devil Sport Club. The fighters will apparently compete against each other in a tournament-style format and the winner will have the chance to fight Emelianenko and pretty much face near-death in the process.

Additional details as well as the list of cast members is expected to be announced shortly.

DREAM Dropped by TBS; Picked up by HDNet?

DREAM live events have reportedly been dropped from the Tokyo Broadcasting System’s lineup due to lackluster ratings. The organization’s inaugural event only drew an 8.9 percent rating average in primetime, which is considered dismal by Japanese standards.

The network will air DREAM’s April 29th event on tape delay one week after the event takes place. It will be the last event the network airs. SkyPerfecTV pay-per-view will then assume duties of airing DREAM events for the future.

However what is Japan’s loss might be the United States’ gain according to our friends at MMARated.com, who report that tomorrow night’s episode of “Inside MMA” on HDNet will feature some interesting news regarding the FEG-owned promotion and the digital cable network.

Yvel-Overeem Scrapped

A bout between Dutch strikers Alistair Overeem and Gilbert Yvel scheduled to take place this Saturday at the K-1 European Grand Prix has been scrapped due to Yvel suffering a left calf injury during a recent training session. The fight was the only MMA bout slated to happen on the card, which will pan out at the Amsterdam Arena in the Netherlands.

“Last Thursday during a training session with Mirko Cro Cop, I suffered an injury which was diagnosed as torn muscle fiber in the hospital,” Yvel explained Thursday at a news conference according to Sherdog.com. “Even after two days of absolute rest and with lots of ice on the leg, I was barely able to stand on my left foot.”

It is unknown if a replacement opponent will be found in time for Overeem.

Cole Replaces Goodridge at “Anger Management”

IFL veteran Wayne Cole will replace an injured Gary Goodridge against heavyweight Eric Pele at the Maximum Fighting Championship’s upcoming “Anger Management” show on May 9th according to The Fight Network.

Goodridge was forced to pull out of the main event bout due to a recently suffered back injury. Goodridge suffered the injury during a recent training session and will be required to undergo surgery to repair the the sciatic nerve in his lower back.

Fedor: “My Fight With Sylvia is Official”


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In a heavyweight showdown years in the making, former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko will officially take on former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia in the main event of an Affliction Clothing-promoted show at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas on July 19th.

Emelianenko confirmed the bout through a message on his official website, in which he also revealed that he intends to compete at separate events in October and December, the latter likely being with a Japanese organization on New Year’s Eve according to MMA Weekly.

Emelianenko was recently granted his official release from his contractual obligations to M-1 Global, of which he signed a letter of intent to compete inside the confines of the promotion late last year.

The native Russian’s decision to work with Affliction officials now likely means that the potential of him signing with the Ultimate Fighting Championship or Elite Xtreme Combat will be put on hold, at least for the near future. MMA fans will delight in the fact that Sylvia will be Fedor’s first highly-ranked opponent in close to three years.

Sylvia recently left his long-time home of the UFC in favor of inking a multi-fight deal with manager Monte Cox’s recently created Adrenaline MMA organization. The contract is non-exclusive and will permit Sylvia to fight in other organizations.

The Miletich Fighting Systems product’s parting ways with the UFC, the organization in which he fought exclusively in since 2002, was mutual on both sides according to Sylvia, who still had one fight remaining on his current contract with the promotion. However Sylvia has maintained that he would like to return to the UFC to finish out his career.

Sylvia is coming off of his second straight loss in yet another bid to regain his heavyweight title. He was submitted by interim champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 81: Breaking Point in February. 

Repeating History


Photo courtesy of FedorMMA.com.

With Fedor Emelianenko’s summer showdown with Tim Sylvia hopefully all but set in stone, it’s refreshing to see the popular Russian taking on an opponent that is highly ranked in the eyes of just about everyone.

Emelianenko’s last true challenge came against Mirko Filipovic in PRIDE almost three years ago (or against Mark Hunt if you had him ranked high enough) and MMA media and fans alike have spouted constant criticism ever since.

The Fedor-Sylvia matchup brings along with it many potential positives. Along with the fact that one of mixed martial arts’ hypothetical dream bouts is about to be signed, sealed, and delivered, fans longing for a promotion to become a viable alternative to the two Zuffa-owned organizations may finally have a prospect in Affliction Clothing and those working with them.

The rumored roster alone gives them at least an outside chance.

However the appearance of initial success also has the possibility of ending badly for some, possibly for all who were irked at the situation surrounding the world’s top heavyweight. Is it possible that Fedor’s next fight could cause history to repeat itself?

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Report: Fedor-Sylvia Set for July Showdown


Tim Sylvia weighs-in for UFC 77: Hostile Territory. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Update 7:35 PM ET: MMA Weekly is reporting through sources close to Tim Sylvia’s camp that Sylvia has verbally agreed to the fight but nothing has been signed as of yet.

In a heavyweight showdown years in the making, former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko will reportedly take on former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia in the main event of a potential Affliction Clothing-promoted show at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas.

The news comes from Sherdog.com, which confirmed the bout with Emelianenko himself earlier today via telephone.

“Sylvia is a good fighter, a strong fighter, the former UFC heavyweight champion, which is important,” Emelianenko said. “I am looking forward to fighting him and training hard for this fight.”

Sources close to the fight have said that the event will likely be aired on HDNet.

Emelianenko was recently granted his official release from his contractual obligations to M-1 Global, of which he signed a letter of intent to compete inside the confines of the promotion late last year.

The native Russian’s decision to work with Affliction officials now likely means that the potential of him signing with the Ultimate Fighting Championship or Elite Xtreme Combat will be put on hold, at least for the near future. MMA fans will delight in the fact that Sylvia will be Fedor’s first highly-ranked opponent in close to three years.

Sylvia recently left his long-time home of the UFC in favor of inking a multi-fight deal with manager Monte Cox’s recently created Adrenaline MMA organization. The contract is non-exclusive and will permit Sylvia to fight in other organizations.

The Miletich Fighting Systems product’s parting ways with the UFC, the organization in which he fought exclusively in since 2002, was mutual on both sides according to Sylvia, who still had one fight remaining on his current contract with the promotion. However Sylvia has maintained that he would like to return to the UFC to finish out his career.

Sylvia is coming off of his second straight loss in yet another bid to regain his heavyweight title. He was submitted by interim champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 81: Breaking Point in February.

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