Barnett to Face Yvel at "Day of Reckoning"

Written by Tom Ngo
December 3rd, 2008

Former UFC heavyweight champion and PrideFC superstar Josh Barnett will be taking on Gilbert Yvel at Affliction Entertainment’s second MMA event, “Day of Reckoning.” Yvel is fresh off of signing a three-fight contract with Affliction, and hopes to make a splash in his debut.

Yvel may not be well known here in the States, however he has fought in over 48 professional MMA bouts overseas. He has won his last seven fights, all ending via TKO, except one in which he ended via submission.

Barnett, who avenged his loss to Pedro Rizzo at Affliction’s debut event in July, has rolled off three consecutive victories.  He looked dominating in his win over Rizzo, and the 31-year-old seems to have found his form once again.

Affliction considered many opponents for Barnett. Initially they offered him an opportunity to headline the event against WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko, however the two sides were unable to make the numbers work out.  Emelianenko is now headlining the event against former UFC champ Andrei Arlovski.

“Day of Reckoning” will be taking place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on January 24th.  The event will be a two- part broadcast, with at least two preliminary bouts airing live for free on HDNet. That will immediately be followed by the pay-per-view portion of the broadcast.

Here are the fighters Rumored to be competing on Affliction’s event:

Preliminary Bouts (HDNet):

Kiril Sidelnikov vs. Paul Buentello
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Vladimir Matyushenko

Main Bouts (PPV):

Brett Cooper vs. TBD
Vitor Belfort vs. TBD
Antonio Duarte vs. Albert Rios
Jay Hieron vs. Jason High
Mark Hominick vs. LC Davis
Albert Rios vs. Antonio Duarte
Chris Horodecki vs. Dan Lauzon
Ben Rothwell vs. Pedro Rizzo
Josh Barnett vs. Gilbert Yvel
Renato “Babalu” Sobral vs. Matt Lindland
Andrei Arlovski vs. Fedor Emelianenko (WAMMA Heavyweight Champion)

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