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Arlovski Could Sign With Affliction Next Week


Andrei Arlovski. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Despite various rumors circulating that Andrei Arlovski could very well be International Fight League veteran Ben Rothwell’s opponent at Affliction’s “Banned” show on July 19th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, it seems that the Belarusian may not be able to sign with the popular California-based clothing company until May 19th.

The news comes from Josh Gross of Sports Illustrated. Gross speculates that Arlovski will not be able to officially get out of his contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship until next week when he successfully completes all remaining fights on his contract and waits out an exclusive negotiating period.

At the same time, the UFC will still have the ability to match whatever Affliction offers Arlovski. However, with the offer reported to be somewhere in the six-figure, three non-exclusive bout range, it seems very unlikely that Dana White will do so, especially after his comments to Yahoo! Sports Kevin Iole earlier this week.

“It’s funny you should ask me that,” White said when asked about Arlovski by Iole. “We were just talking about Arlovski. We want to sign him. It’s our intention to sign him. But I don’t know. We’re, well, I don’t know. We want to. Whether we will or not, I have no idea. We like Andrei and I know the fans like Andrei. I hope we can do something.”

Arlovski’s camp has offered no comment except to say that they are still in ongoing negotiations with the UFC, but all signs as of right now point to Arlovski being introduced at Affliction’s first-ever event-related press conference next Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Another thing interesting of note that Gross brought up in his column today - FOX Sports’ George Greenberg is expected to be in attendance at the press conference as well, potentially signaling that at least part of Affliction’s inaugural event may be televised on FSN in some capacity, also further confirming that any kind of relationship between the promotion and HDNet is rocky to say the least at this point.

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Affliction to Visit New York and LA Next Week


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Affliction, the popular California-based clothing company that recently announced it’s intention to enter the world of promoting mixed martial arts events, has officially announced it’s “Banned” show for July 19th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

The show will be headlined by a heavyweight showdown years in the making as former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko will take on former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia. The event will be available on pay-per-view in the USA in Canada, in both standard and high-definition, for $39.95.

The promotion will hold a pair of press conferences next week to announce further details regarding their inaugural show this summer. The first will take place at the Westfield Mall in Los Angeles on Tuesday, May 20th at 12:30 PM PT and then at the Trump Tower in New York City at 10:30 AM ET on Thursday, May 22nd. Both events are open to the public.

Four main-card bouts were the only fights confirmed in a press release sent out to the media today. Along with the aforementioned Emelianenko-Sylvia matchup, former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett will take on Pedro Rizzo in a rematch of their February 2001 bout, Team Quest founder Matt Lindland will return to action against Fabio “Negao” Nascimento, and UFC veterans Renato “Babalu” Sobral and Mike Whitehead will collide in a light heavyweight bout.

Ben Rothwell will also be in action at the event against an opponent currently yet to be determined. Various sources have been reporting that Andrei Arlovski may very well be Rothwell’s counterpart in the cage but it’s still unknown whether or not he will continue to free agency after finishing out the remainder of his deal with the UFC two months ago.

Contracts for a main card heavyweight clash between Aleksander Emelianenko and Paul Buentello have also reportedly been sent out to both fighters but have not yet been returned signed.

Affliction VP Tom Attencio has also confirmed four preliminary bouts that will take place at the event as well. IFL veteran Savant Young, who recently earned a huge upset win over former Shooto featherweight title contender Takeshi Inoue, will take on WEC and TKO veteran Mark Hominick in the most high-profile preliminary bout.

Additional dark matches include UFC veteran Justin Levens vs. Ray Lazama, Mike Pyle vs. Brett Cooper, and J.J. Ambrose vs. Patrick Speight.

CKA: May 14, 2008


Kenny Florian. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Kenny Florian will reportedly serve as the temporary host of ESPN’s newly-planned online mixed martial arts magazine show that will appear exclusively on the company’s official website and on mobile phones according to Adam Swift of MMA Payout.

According to Swift, Florian will serve as the show’s host at least for the first two weeks of tapings. However it’s unknown whether the show will be UFC-based, something that apparently delayed the launch of the program, or if it will cover the entire world of the sport.

Affliction-HDNet Deal Still Possible

While it was previously reported that a potential deal between Affliction and HDNet that would have the clothing brand hold it’s first MMA show at the Dallas-based American Airlines Center fell apart, HDNet Fights CEO Andrew Simon says that the event could still possibly be televised on the digital cable network.

According to MMA Weekly, the event would not be permitted to take place at the home of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks due to a lack of time to substantially promote the show. However the potential of at least part of the event airing live or on tape-delay on HDNet is not out of the realm of possibility.

“We talk to everybody and I wouldn’t say that any conversation is dead yet,” Simon said in the report. “You just never know. You know how this sport works, one day you think you’re not working together and the next day you might announce something. Affliction… I would say, never say never.

ASU Shuts Down Storied Wrestling Program

Arizona State University has decided to shut down it’s storied wrestling program along with men’s swimming and men’s tennis as part of a financial cutback at the school according to MMA Weekly.

Normally this wouldn’t be the type of news to be reported on this site, but the school’s wrestling program has produced a slew of highly-touted MMA prospects in recent years, including current UFC fighters Cain Velasquez and C.B. Dollaway. Shoe-in hall-of-famers Dan Severn, Don Frye, and Dan Henderson all competed for the school as well in the past.

There may still be hope for the program. NCAA President Myles Brand is expected to hold a meeting later this month to discuss the possibility of protecting school sports that also take place in the Olympics, wrestling being one of them.

Bush Tests Positive for Marijuana

Heavyweight prospect George Bush has reportedly tested positive for marijuana following his first-round tournament loss to former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez at YAMMA Pit Fighting’s inaugural show last month in Atlantic City, New Jersey according to Sherdog.com.

“I just found out a few days ago, and needless to say, I’m very surprised and disappointed,” Bush said in the report. “I accept full responsibility for my actions, and I assure the fans that this will never happen again.”

While there won’t be any official announcement from the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, (they don’t release drug-testing information to the media) Bush has confirmed that he has not been fined but has been suspended by the commission for 90 days.

Can Affliction’s Newest Venture Succeed?


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Last week Affliction Clothing made their unofficial entrance into the world of promoting mixed martial arts events by revealing details concerning it’s upcoming planned “Banned” show on July 19th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

Tom Atencio, vice president of the company, confirmed some bouts that we already knew were going to take place (Fedor Emelianenko vs. Tim Sylvia, Josh Barnett vs. Pedro Rizzo) and announced some others that are pretty intriguing to say the least. (Mike Whitehead vs. Renato Sobral and Aleksander Emelianenko vs. Paul Buentello if the two heavyweights return signed contracts to the promotion)

The card itself is enough to make hardcore fans of the sport want to watch. After all, Emelianenko, the perennial top heavyweight in the world, is going to take on his first ranked opponent since fighting Mirko Cro Cop in PRIDE almost three years ago. (or against Mark Hunt if you had him ranked high enough)

Throw in a slew of notable names that casual fans will even know and Affliction automatically has a chance of making some noise with their debut show, right?

Not so fast…

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Report: Four Prelims Signed for Affliction Show


Savant Young. Photo by Tracy Lee. Courtesy of CombatLifestyle.com

On the same day that Affliction Clothing makes it’s official entrance into the world of promoting mixed martial arts events, details regarding four signed preliminary bouts for it’s upcoming planned “Banned” show on July 19th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California have come to light.

The news comes from Sergio Non of USA Today, who confirmed the fights with Affliction VP Tom Atencio.

IFL veteran Savant Young, who recently earned a huge upset win over former Shooto featherweight title contender Takeshi Inoue last weekend, will take on WEC and TKO veteran Mark Hominick in the most high-profile preliminary bout.

Additional dark matches include UFC veteran Justin Levens vs. Ray Lazama, Mike Pyle vs. Brett Cooper, and J.J. Ambrose vs. Patrick Speight.

Atencio also informed Non that Ben Rothwell will indeed fight at the event but an opponent for the Miletich Fighting Systems product has yet to have been determined. Various sources have been reporting that former UFC heavweight champion Andrei Arlovski may very well be Rothwell’s counterpart in the cage but it’s still unknown whether or not he will continue to free agency after finishing out the remainder of his deal with the UFC two months ago.

Contracts for a heavyweight clash between Aleksander Emelianenko and Paul Buentello have also reportedly been sent out to both fighters but have not yet been returned signed.

The potential fight card for the event now looks like this:

Main Card:

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Tim Sylvia
Josh Barnett vs. Pedro Rizzo
Matt Lindland vs. Fabio Negao
Mike Whitehead vs. Renato Sobral
Aleksander Emelianenko vs. Paul Buentello
Ben Rothwell vs. TBA

Preliminary Bouts:

Mark Hominick vs. Savant Young
Justin Levens vs. Ray Lazama
Mike Pyle vs. Brett Cooper
J.J. Ambrose vs. Patrick Speight

Affliction Show Details Tonight on “Inside MMA”


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Affliction Clothing will make it’s official entrance into the world of promoting mixed martial arts events when the company announces details tonight on HDNet’s “Inside MMA” television program regarding it’s upcoming planned “Banned” show on July 19th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California according to our friends at MMA Junkie.

Tom Attencio, vice president of the clothing brand, will be on the program to discuss details concerning the event as well to announce the participation of a slew of fighters that will fight on the card. Fights that will be confirmed on the show include the previously rumored Fedor Emelianenko vs. Tim Sylvia and Josh Barnett vs. Pedro Rizzo heavyweights bouts as well as a middleweight clash between Matt Lindland and Fabio Negao.

Additional fighters that will be announced for the event include Mike Whitehead, Renato Sobral, and Ben Rothwell. Mark Hominick has already publicly confirmed his participation at the show. Andrei Arlovski and Aleksander Emelianenko are also expected to fight at the event as well.

MMA Weekly has pointed out through Xtreme Couture’s official website that Whitehead will take on Sobral in a light heavyweight bout on the show’s main card, which will be televised on pay-per-view.

Rizzo: “I’m Fighting Barnett in July”


Pedro Rizzo throws a right hand at Josh Barnett. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship title contenders Pedro Rizzo and Josh Barnett will most likely collide in a rematch of their February 2001 bout when Affliction Clothing holds it’s first-ever mixed martial arts show on July 19th at a venue yet to be determined.

The news comes from Sherdog.com, which confirmed the fight with Rizzo himself. Barnett informed MMA Weekly on their nightly radio show that a fight with Rizzo was “pretty much a done deal.”

“I knew about this fight for some time, but was hoping to disclose it,” Rizzo said in the report. “I was hoping to face him due to the fact that he is one of the top five heavyweights, a very tough guy. This is my chance to return to the top, and I will seize it the best way.”

Despite inking a new three-fight deal with SUN Sports and Entertainment, the parent company of Art of War in December, the rematch against Barnett will be Rizzo’s first fight this year. The Brazilian has won his last two fights, most recently stopping fellow longtime veteran Jeff Monson with strikes in September of last year.

Barnett was part of the inaugural “Sengoku” show in March, submitting former judo standout Hidehiko Yoshida with a heel hook in the third round. Before then, the former UFC heavyweight champion had not fought since losing a unanimous decision to current UFC champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at PRIDE Shockwave 2006.

The part-time professional wrestler will first try his luck against Monson on May 18th in Japan before going up against Rizzo.

The show will be headlined by a heavyweight showdown years in the making as former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko will take on former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia. A number of other notable fighters are expected to compete on the card as well including Matt Lindland, Mark Hominick, Ben Rothwell, Andrei Arlovski and Aleksander Emelianenko.

Report: Affliction-HDNet Deal Falls Apart


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A potential deal with HDNet that would have Affliction Clothing hold it’s first-ever mixed martial arts show at the Dallas-based American Airlines Center on July 19th has reportedly fallen apart.

The news comes from Five Ounces of Pain, which reports through a source close to the deal that an agreement to book the arena, which serves as the home for the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and NHL’s Dallas Stars, was not able to be finalized.

The event could potentially be moved to the Honda Center in Anaheim, California according to UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture, who mentioned the possibility on a Dallas radio show over the weekend.

The show will be headlined by a heavyweight showdown years in the making as former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko will take on former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia. A number of notable fighters are expected to compete on the card as well including Matt Lindland, Mark Hominick, Josh Barnett, Ben Rothwell, Andrei Arlovski and Aleksander Emelianenko.

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