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.

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