Monday, August 04, 2008
AFFLICTION 2 , NOW WE KNOW
Former UFC heavyweight champions Andrei Arlovski (13-5) and Josh Barnett (23-5) will collide at Affliction: “Day of Reckoning” at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 11.
WAMMA Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko was originally expected to defend his title against the “Pitbull” in the main event; however, a hand injury sustained in his win over Tim Sylvia will apparently keep the Russian off the card.
Arlovski and Barnett were victorious in their Affliction MMA debuts at “Banned” from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on July 19. Arlovski stopped Ben Rothwell via third round technicak knockout (strikes) and Barnett exacted revenge against Pedro Rizzo with second round knockout.
Both fighters are riding impressive win streaks — Arlovski has four straight and “The Baby Face Assassin” has got three to his credit. It’s a monster showdown between arguably two of the top five heavyweight fighters in the world. And it will likely determine a number one contender to challenge for Emelianenko’s strap when he is fit to return.
In addition to the main event between Arlovski and Barnett, middleweights Matt Lindland and Vitor Belfort are also expected to clash at the promotions encore event, which is slated to be available on pay-per-view (PPV).
(Thanks to MMAmania.com reader “Alberto” for the assist.)
Posted by Doug Jefford