Facing Fedor

Seal Beach, CA - Watching Fedor Emelianenko “made me nervous tonight,” said Josh Barnett about Fedor’s bout with Andrei Arlovski at Afflictions “Day of Reckoning”. Barnett will face Fedor on August 1st at Affliction M-1 Global’s “Trilogy.” He is probably wondering, like all fight fans and fighters on earth: can Fedor be beaten or is he invincible? The single loss on Fedor’s record is often disregarded as evidence of his vulnerability, since it was due to a cut resulting from an accidental (and illegal) elbow by Tsuyoshi Kohsaka. Even with this one debatable blemish on his record (he went on to later beat Kohsaka in a follow-up match), Fedor is the most revered heavyweight in the world by fighters and fans alike.

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Affliction’s Day of Reckoning Ticket Sales?

We are now just 15 days from the second Affliction show, aptly named Day of Reckoning.  The show will headlined by Fedor Emelianenko vs Andre Arlovski for the WAMMA Heavyweight Championship.  Sandwiched the weekend between two UFC PPV’s, the show will take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. 

Much ado was made about the fact that Afflicion’s co-promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, was planning on promoting an HBO Boxing telecast featuring Shane Mosley vs Antonio Margarito on the same night, across town in the Staples Center.  While no definitive correlation can be made, one can gain some insight into how the ticket sales might be going for these two events.

As of this afternoon, one could log onto the Ticketmaster website and purchase tickets for either event.  Affliction’s ticket prices are $50, $100, $200, $300, $450, and $1000 each.  While no maximum number of tickets per household is listed per norm, it appears that the maximum you can get are 12.  At this point, blocks of twelve tickets are available at all price ranges for Affliction. 

Move to the Mosley-Margarito boxing card.  The maximum number of tickets available for purchase is 6.  The price range is much less expensive, available at $25, $50, $75, $150, and $300.  Currently, six ticket blocks are available for the 2 lowest price ranges.  Only single seats remain for the $75, $150, and $300 seats.  So it looking like the attendance will be pretty good for that event.

Obviously for the Affliction event, they are hoping for large walk up sales similar to what happened for the first show.  “Banned” drew 14,832 out of 17,000+ seats, with 11,242 sold and 3,590 given away, a very respectable figure indeed.  But that show took place in July before the current economic crisis in the US truly began.  The UFC recently had to give away close to a third of the tickets for their stacked UFC 92 card, a figure that was unusually high. 

It was just this past October that Affliction was forced to cancel their originally scheduled second show due to poor ticket sales.  That cancellation took place a little over three weeks from the event date, so this is a good sign. In the end, it will be interesting to see what the attendance for the Affliction event ends up being as it may go a long way to determining the financial stability of the organization. 

Alvarez, Aoki to Fight for Vacant WAMMA Lightweight Title

Eddie Alvarez. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.


After reports had circulated for several weeks that a highly-anticipated lightweight attraction set for New Year’s Eve between Eddie Alvarez and Shinya Aoki would decide the World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts’ (WAMMA) first-ever undisputed lightweight champion, WAMMA officials announced Monday that it will recognize the winner of the bout as its first-ever lightweight champion.

The undisputed WAMMA lightweight title bout between Alvarez, WAMMA’s number two ranked lightweight, and Aoki, WAMMA’s number three ranked lightweight, will take place December 31 in Saitama, Japan at the Saitama Super Arena during FEG’s “FieLDS Dynamite!!”

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