It is being reported that the Josh Barnett vs. Andrei Arlovski bout on October 11th is a top contender bout for the WAMMA heavyweight champion. Reigning champion, Fedor Emelianenko, is sidelined due to a right hand injury, but should be fully healed in time to take on the winner by the end of the year.
“We couldn’t be more excited to see Andrei Arlovski and Josh Barnett face off for the right to take on Fedor for the WAMMA world heavyweight championship,” WAMMA CEO Dave Szady stated in a press release. “In the spirit of crowning undisputed champions, we couldn’t be happier than to have two of the fighters who arguably deserve a shot at Fedor fighting it out for the chance to take on the champ.”
Barnett and Arlovski will be facing each other at Affliction’s second promotional event, “Day of Reckoning,” which is scheduled to take place at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Barnett is coming off of an impressive win over Pedro Rizzo at Affliction: Banned last month, and Arlovski seems to have found his old form with his knockout of Ben Rothwell on the same card.