It was announced at Affliction’s press conference that Aleksander Emelianenko (13-3) will no longer be competing on the promotion’s second event, “Day of Reckoning,” on October 11th in Las Vegas, Nevada. The heavyweight fighter was pulled from Affliction’s debut event as well, just seconds before he was set to weigh-in for his fight against Paul Buentello.
Emelianenko was visibly upset after the decision was announced, and said the situation came as a complete surprise to him. The California State Athletic Commission stated that the 27-year-old failed to meet licensing requirements, though the Commission was not able to divulge the exact reasons why.
A day after the fight, it was widely rumored that Emelianenko had tested positive for Hepatitis B, although he and his camp have repeatedly denied these claims.
Affliction Entertainment Vice President Tom Atencio confirmed that Emelianenko would not be able to compete on this card either. Atencio stated that he still faces licensing problems and that the organization was forced to move on without him.
He is the second Emelianenko that has had to pull out of Affliction’s second promotion. His older brother and reigning WAMMA heavyweight champion, Fedor, was forced to withdraw from the card a couple of weeks ago due to a right hand injury.