With yesterday’s announcement that Affliction Entertainment was postponing and moving “Day of Reckoning,” it was all but a forgone conclusion that Fedor Emelianenko would be involved in January 17th’s fight card. Now it seems as though Fedor’s people have told Affliction Entertainment that he’s going to skip fighting on New Year’s Eve in Japan for the first time in five years.
Fedor is coming off of a hand injury he suffered while pounding it on Tim Sylvia’s head for :36 seconds at “Affliction: Banned” on July 19th, also at Anaheim’s Honda Center.
It is currently not known if Fedor will be facing his originally scheduled opponent for “Day of Reckoning” in Andrei Arlovski, or fellow heavyweight Josh Barnett.
With slow ticket sales following the announcement that Emelianenko wasn’t going to be able to compete at “Day of Reckoning” on October 11th, Affliction decided yesterday that it would be smarter to postpone the event all togther and regroup back in Southern California where the promotion’s first event took place.
Emelianenko’s decision to not fight in Japan on New Year’s Eve isn’t totally his fault, as they had yet to land an opponent for him. That, coupled with his healing hand, was more than enough for him to wait for January 17th to compete again.