Emelianenko vs. Barnett Headline Affliction III on August 1st

Written by Tom Ngo
May 21st, 2009

After much speculation and anticipation, it appears that Affliction Entertainment’s third MMA promotion will be taking place on August 1st, headlined by Josh Barnett challenging heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko for his WAMMA strap.

MMA FanHouse was the first to break the news, and according to their report, Affliction should be making an official announcement in the coming days.

Affliction vice president Tom Atencio has previously confirmed that, regardless of the event date, the show would once again be held inside the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

Apparently Atencio feels very comfortable there as their first two shows, “Banned” in July of 2008 and “Day of Reckoning” this past January, were held at the same venue.

This heavyweight clash was the ace up Affliction’s sleeve. Although it is the most highly anticipated heavyweight fight in the world, the question is, what will be left for the start-up organization after they show their best hand? Furthermore, what if their meal ticket were to lose his first fight in over eight years?

It is being reported that Atencio is also working on a Paul Buentello vs. Tim Sylvia heavyweight contest, as well as a Chris Horodecki vs. Dan Lauzon bout to fill out the fight card.

However, that lightweight bout might be a pipe-dream as Horodecki is already scheduled to fight in July.

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