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


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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)

Arlovski Talks Rothwell; Dogs on Sylvia

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)

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


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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>

Tim Sylvia Might Be a Sly Fox


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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.

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


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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.

Sylvia, Rothwell Headed to Adrenaline


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

Monte Cox promised a new promotion to come out of the now defunct M-1 Global project and he delivered by signing former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia and IFL star Ben Rothwelll to multi-fight deals with Cox’s recently created Adrenaline MMA organization.

The news comes one day after rumors started to circulate concerning Sylvia’s potential departure from the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The Miletich Fighting Systems product made it official on last night’s episode of HDNet’s Inside MMA.

“Adrenaline is a new promotion, but it allows fighters to fight for other organizations… that’s huge,” Sylvia said. “I’ve got 3 to 4 years left and want to fight as much as possible, so this is the perfect choice for me at this time.”

Sylvia’s parting ways with the UFC, the organization in which he fought exclusively in since 2002, was mutual on both sides according to the Maine native, 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.

Rothwell, who has not fought since winning a unanimous decision over Ricco Rodriguez in September of last year, was most recently embroiled in a controversial end of his relationship with the International Fight League, where Rothwell has won his last nine fights.

“Adrenaline will give me the chance to take things to the next level,” Rothwell said. “I’m ready to see how I fare against the best heavyweights in the world.”

Cox and company will hold their first show on June 14th at the Sears Centre in Chicago. One bout has been made official already: Jeff Monson and Mike Russow will clash in a heavyweight bout.

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