Fedor Emelianenko. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.
Perennial heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko has reportedly signed a contract extension with Affliction Entertainment, who are looking to have Emelianenko defend his WAMMA heavyweight title at the organization’s planned third event in either January of February according to MMA News.
“We’ve just extended our deal with Fedor and we are very happy about that,” Affliction VP Tom Atencio told the website. “We are looking at the Arlovski/Barnett elimination fight right now with the winner fighting Fedor for sure in January or February.”
Atencio also stated that although Emelianenko currently plans on fighting in Japan for his annual bout on New Year’s Eve, nothing is official in that regard.
“Nothing is finalized for Fedor on New Year’s yet and we will be looking to work with him on that,” Atencio said. “Our deal with Fedor is completely solidified and we are very excited about this.”
If Emelianenko did opt to fight overseas before the end of the year, one of the sticking points in Affliction allowing him to do so would likely be Fight Entertainment Group, parent company of DREAM, allowing Atencio to borrow one of their contracted fighters. He has expressed interest in former PRIDE standout Sergei Kharitonov and K-1 kickboxer Jerome LeBanner, who Atencio is attempting to match Tim Sylvia up against early next year.
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