Although an official announcement or press release has yet to be made to the media, Affliction Entertaiment today quietly confirmed its already previously rumored main event for their re-scheduled “Day of Reckoning” show on January 24: perennial heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko and former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski will clash in a battle for the WAMMA heavyweight title in California.
Emelianenko and Arlovski were originally supposed to meet on the event’s previously scheduled date of October 11 but Emelianenko was scratched from the event due to a lingering hand injury. Former UFC and PRIDE standout Josh Barnett was matched up against Arlovski instead but was passed on this time around due to rumored communication issues with Affliction management.
Emelianenko was victorious in his stateside debut on July 19, scoring a 36 second submission of former UFC title holder Tim Sylvia at Affliction’s “Banned” show. The win was Emelianenko’s first over a highly ranked opponent in his own weight division since he won a decision over Mirko Filipovic at PRIDE Final Conflict 2005.
Arlovski extended his winning streak to five last Saturday night, knocking out former IFL heavyweight champion Ben Rothwell in the second round of their featured bout at EliteXC’s “Heat” show. He was also victorious at Affliction’s inaugural show in July, scoring a KO of Ben Rothwell as well.
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