Tom Atencio. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com
If you’ve been circling the MMA blogsophere within the last two hours, you’ll have surely noticed a rumor floating around that Affliction Entertainment is on the verge of no longer promoting MMA events after a third and final show later this year. A Bloody Elbow reader says that an announcement is forthcoming from Affliction VP Tom Atencio:
Affliction MMA is Done. Tom Atencio will be making an announcement soon. A third show will probably happen to fulfill Affliction Entertainments larger contract obligations unless a deal with Zuffa can be arranged to offset some of the costs while Affliction pays off their contract obligations via “sponsorships”...
Either way, Atencio himself just denied the above rumors on Hardcore Sports Radio‘s “After Hours” show minutes ago:
“These rumors… that’s what they are, rumors. There is no truth to any of them. Right now we are trying to figure out when our next event is going to be, whether or not it’s going to be three months or four months. I don’t know where these rumors are coming from, but they are talking about us, so we must be doing something right.”
Is Atencio completely telling the truth? Who knows. Affliction and the UFC have been rumored to have had discussions in the past for a while now, that is until Todd Beard went insane and got himself fired. With the amount of success and praise Affliction experienced after “Day of Reckoning” last weekend, I honestly can’t see them closing their doors anytime soon, especially with the funding of Golden Boy and Donald Trump.
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.
Dan Lauzon. Photo courtesy of World Championship Fighting.
Disclaimer: Unfortunately, this interview was done prior to Chris Horodecki being found injured by the California State Athletic Commission. Lauzon’s answers regarding questions about Horodecki have been edited out, but hopefully this interview is enjoyable nonetheless.
After over two years out of the spotlight since becoming the youngest fighter to ever compete in the UFC, Dan Lauzon will jump back into the big time when he takes on Total Fighting Alliance veteran Bobby Green at Affliction Entertainment’s “Day of Reckoning” show this weekend in Anaheim, California.
Lauzon was gracious enough to grant MMA on Tap an interview before his first fight of the new year, in which he discusses his appearance on Tapout’s reality show, his fight against Spencer Fisher, and how he has improved as a fighter since then.
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.”
Vitor Belfort. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com
Seal Beach, CA — The battle lines are drawn between Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort and Matt “The Law” Lindland, who will clash in a middleweight bout for guts and glory at the January 24th Affliction M1 “Day of Reckoning” show. The middleweight matchup is a perfect fit, and pits the dangerous hands of Belfort against the solid wrestling moves of Lindland. Fans and pundits will want to stay in their seats as these two engage in a spirited, all-out war.
Vitor Belfort (17-8) has a dynamic fighting style that incorporates heavy striking, wrestling, Muay Thai, and Jiu-Jitsu. Capable of alternately thrashing opponents in a flurry of strikes or dominating them through a methodical synthesis of his ground and striking skills, his fast hands and adaptable style have been the downfall of numerous challengers.
Chris Horodecki. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
Here are your daily news and notes for the morning of January 22, 2009.
- Former IFL lightweight standout Chris Horodecki has been forced out of his scheduled bout against Dan Lauzon at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” show this weekend after failing his medical tests under the watch of the California State Athletic Commission due to a bulging disk in his neck. According to Sherdog.com, the injury is restricting 80% of the strength in Horodecki’s right arm and the CSAC has refused to license him for the fight. Affliction officials are currently searching for a replacement opponent for Lauzon are expected to make a decision at some point today.
- Gilbert Yvel, infamously known for assaulting referees and misbehaving during fights, has officially been released to fight Josh Barnett at Saturday’s Affliction show. CSAC represenative Bill Douglas is comparing Yvel’s licensing process to the struggles that Mike Kyle and Kazushi Sakuraba went through before being permitted to fight in the state in the past. Yvel will also apparently be under a very watchful eye when he fights, as if he wasn’t going to be already.
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.
Josh Barnett. Photos by Gene Blevins/Golden Boy Promotions.
MMA on Tap will be streaming the final pre-fight press conference for Affliction Entertainment’s “Day of Reckoning” event this afternoon live at 3 PM ET. The press conference will take place at the House of Blues in Hollywood, California and features scheduled appearances by Fedor Emelianenko, Andrei Arlovski, Josh Barnett, Vitor Belfort, Tito Ortiz, and Oscar De La Hoya among others.
Be sure to check back later this afternoon to watch. Video of the stream will be available after the jump at that time.