Vegas, Baby!

Written by Tom Ngo
July 24th, 2008

Afflcition will be holding their second promotional event on October 11th in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The main event of the night will feature Fedor Emelianenko defending his WAMMA title against former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski. And speaking of the UFC, this event will be taking place at the Thomas and Mack center, located dead smack in the industry leader’s back yard.

Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports was the first to report and confirm this with arena director Daren Libonati, who said that he was excited to have Emelianenko back not only in the United States, but in their building.

“We’re really excited to have Affliction in the building and particularly to have Fedor and all those other great names,” Libonati told Yahoo. “I remember working so hard with all those people at PRIDE and the ultimate goal was to put on a show (at UNLV’s football stadium) where the PRIDE champions would have defended their titles against the UFC champions.

“That’s what we were working toward in those two (PRIDE) shows we did back then, but it never worked out,” Libonati added. “We always want to bring big events here, and any time you have Fedor in your building you have a big event.”

Libonati played a key role in bringing the PrideFC promotion to the Thomas and Mack Center back in October of 2006. Emelianenko was also the main event that night against Mark Coleman.

Affliction is coming off of their successful debut event, Affliction:Banned, this past Saturday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. It was reported that they generated over $2.1 million in gate sales, as well as selling “well over” 100,000 Pay-Per-View buys, according to Affliction Entertainment VP Tom Atencio.

Emelianenko headlined the event, submitting former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia in only 36 seconds to become the first ever WAMMA champion.

Arlovski was extremely impressive in his performance over Ben Rothewell as well, dominating the IFL great, ultimately TKO’ing him in the 3rdRound. Rothwell had won 13 consecutive bouts coming into the fight.

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