Fedor Emelianenko. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.
Fedor Emelianenko will reportedly defend his newly won World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts heavyweight championship against former UFC title holder Andrei Arlovski at Affliction Entertainment’s next planned show on October 11th in Las Vegas.
The news comes from Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, who has confirmed the bout, date, and location with Thomas & Mack Center director Daren Libonati, who has also stated that he expects a formal announcement concerning the event to come later this week.
Affliction VP Tom Atencio recently stated that he was targeting November 8th as the next date for an Affliction show. However rumored concerns involving Emelianenko and his desire to compete for Japan-based DREAM on New Year’s Eve may have forced Atencio’s hand. He reportedly would not “confirm nor rule out” the reported new date when contacted for comment earlier today.
Emelianenko, widely regarded as the sport’s top heavyweight, only needed 30 seconds to knock down and submit former UFC champion Tim Sylvia in Affliction’s “Banned” main event. Arlovski was victorious at the show as well, scoring a third-round knockout of IFL standout Ben Rothwell. Atencio confirmed earlier this week that along with Emelianenko and Arlovski, fellow heavyweights Paul Buentello and Josh Barnett would also be competing at the promotion’s next event as well.
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