Aleksander Emelianenko. Photo courtesy of MFC M-1.
Despite officials from the California State Athletic Commission stating that Aleksander Emelianenko will never be permitted to fight inside of the United States, the Russian-born fighter claims that he will be fighting at Affliction Entertainment’s next planned show in January.
Emelianenko stated that he will be flying to California in the next few weeks to film promotional videos for the event in a recent interview with Fighters Only Magazine, and that he may be fighting in Japan around New Year’s Eve as well at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” show, which was originally scheduled to take place on October 11.
Emelianenko was slated to take on Paul Buentello at Affliction’s inaugural event on July 19, but was abruptly removed from the card for failing to meet the necessary licensing requirements according to CSAC officials at the time. However in the following weeks, amidst rumors of Emelianenko potentially testing positive for Hepatitis B, CSAC represenative Bill Douglas stated that Emelianenko would never be allowed to fight in the USA again.
“The one thing that I can absolutely say is that he was not and will not be cleared to fight in California.” Douglas said back in August. “He is officially licensed denied and that will stand for all of the United States of America”.
Emelianenko’s camp strongly dismissed Douglas’ statement and the rumors of any positive medical tests. Aleksander himself told Fighters Only that he was only removed from the Affliction event because of paperwork problems and nothing else.
“That is not true, these rumors about medical problems are not true,” Emelianenko said. “I was removed from the card because of problems with my paperwork. My visa came late for the USA, I arrived two days late and it meant that I could not complete necessary paperwork on time. But there will be no problem this time - everything is cool.”