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Affliction Decides Hybrid MMA/Boxing Card Was a Stupid Idea


(Andrei Arlovski: It’s all meaningless without the WAMMA belt.)

MMA Rated has learned that Affliction’s second event will be headlined by a match between Fedor Emelianenko and Andrei Arlovski, and will likely be held in Anaheim, California, on January 24th — a week after UFC 93 in Dublin. According to Affliction Entertainment VP Tom Atencio, the date, location, and more bouts will be announced next week.

Though the event will still be co-promoted with Golden Boy, Affliction’s January event will only feature MMA matches, despite earlier rumors that it would be a mixed MMA/boxing card with a big-name boxing match in the main event spot. Said Atencio: “We sat down with them and couldn’t come up with a main event boxing match that everyone wanted.”

Arlovski represents the toughest challenge for Emelianenko in at least three years, and based on the Pitbull’s recent performance, he could give Fedor a run for his money. Even better, MMA fans won’t have to deal with a 12-round boxing buzzkill toplining the card. Sounds like a win-win.

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dunginmydrawers- October 11, 2008 at 6:59 am
I wish the nut stains on my jeans looked like skulls and skeltons.
Meca hiny ho- October 11, 2008 at 12:08 am
Whats all this "Fedor by submission" shit? I love The Pitbull, but it takes a much better chin than his to stand with Fedor for any extended amount of time.
Frank- October 10, 2008 at 3:57 pm
Arlovski runs either hot or cold, so it's really hard to tell how the fight would go. Fedor will be Fedor, but if Arlovski is on and can dig up his elusive explosive power, it will be a great fight. Otherwise, if Arlovski goes in all tentative and sketchy, it'll be another instant submission win for the Russian. I would actually pony up the money to see this fight in Anaheim. Good to see that the boxing stupidity has been nixed.

"id like to see Fedor fight Obama that would cement his name in the history book that is MMA"

No way, we'd HAVE to see the two "Pitbulls" fight first: Arlovski v. Palin. It would have to be a mudwrestling event...with AA's little girlfriend involved, too...okay, leave Arlovski out. I would definitely pay to see that one!
More government- October 10, 2008 at 12:47 pm
id like to see Fedor fight Obama that would cement his name in the history book that is MMA
josh- October 10, 2008 at 6:17 am
Thank fuck there is no boxing!
Kojak is ignorant- October 10, 2008 at 4:23 am
Fedor would need to submit a T-Rex.
Sodak- October 10, 2008 at 2:02 am
I second Misstasmos motion fuck yeeahh, and kobra kai fedors allready hands down the best. anyone else he can beat just helps cement his legend as the michael jordan of MMA id like to see him fight barnett couture and werdum that should cover about everyone worth a shit. finally a card i'm excited for and not reluctantly forkin up fifty bucks for a couple fights i kinda wanna see.
Jugger- October 10, 2008 at 12:52 am
This fight won't happen. "I know it. You know it. The American people know it." Demands will be made. Ultimatums will be given. Paychecks will be scrutinized. Fingers will be pointed. Russians will act belligerently. Fedor will end up fighting Paul Buentello.
kojak's other brother- October 9, 2008 at 10:40 pm
Fedor would crush AA and Couture simultaneously (note to the republicans in the audience: that big word over there means "at the same time")
WAR OBAMA
Meat Hole- October 9, 2008 at 10:19 pm
I would eat a cubic yard of her shit......just to see where it came from.

I would lock myself in her bathroom for a week,..just to smell one of her farts......
Hot Dog Feet- October 9, 2008 at 10:17 pm
WoW!!.....Who is that piece of ass??!!.......He must work out hard. MMMMMMMMMM
NECROPHYTE- October 9, 2008 at 10:04 pm
Man Andre always has hot ass around him....
johnnycobrakai- October 9, 2008 at 8:45 pm
so, if fedor does beat arlovski will the arguments of "fedor hasnt faced anybody" cease. when i process through who its gonna take for him to beat to be called the best, ive come to the conclusion that with regardless of who he might beat, there's always gonna be an excuse for why they got beat. what you guys think. who does it take him beating to be hands down the best?
Earl- October 9, 2008 at 8:42 pm
Boxing and MMA...just like peas and carrots.
OrMMA- October 9, 2008 at 8:18 pm
Andre is a great fighter, but he is not going to beat Fedor unless he pulls some the "Petruzelli" effect and gets Fedor with a shot. He almost went out when big country caught him on the chin, staggering him for a moment, while his ground game was very Houston Alexander in its approach of laying there not sure what to do. Fedor will jump all over him if he staggers from a shot like the big Sylvia found out, and if he falls to the ground we all know who is going to get submitted.

Andre has the punchers chance, but please get some promotion to let us see the Fedor/Couture before we all go insane!
Noah- October 9, 2008 at 8:12 pm
Not that I'm complaining, I will really enjoy this fight, but where the hell is Barnett? It seems like he is being iced right now, when's he gonna get some action? I hope Barnett fights one of these two after their scrap. Those three are the only ones that deserve to be in the mix right now. Once they all fight each other, I don't know where Affliction will go from there. That's assuming they'll be around long enough to face that problem.
wally- October 9, 2008 at 8:11 pm
Andre lost to Sylvia twice -- so wouldn't have Sylvia been Fedor's toughest opponent in three years?
mmmiles- October 9, 2008 at 7:55 pm
Oh yeah, and congrats Affliction, I'll actually pay for that card now.

What a novel idea, attract customers by putting real (or something close anyway) fights together?
Anonymous- October 9, 2008 at 7:54 pm
damn hes a playa
mmmiles- October 9, 2008 at 7:52 pm
THIS IS AN OUTRAGE. I WAS PROMISED A BOXING MMA CO PROMOTION WHICH ALL THE FANS HAVE BEEN SCREAMI- wait what the hell? Ah damnit, someone swapped my orange juice with stupid juice, and I drank the whole jug.
mistassmo- October 9, 2008 at 7:50 pm
Fuck Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
mayhem420- October 9, 2008 at 7:44 pm
"Arlovski represents the toughest challenge for Emelianenko in at least three years, and based on the Pitbull’s recent performance, he could give Fedor a run for his money."

Yea right.... Fedor will take him down and sub him fast.... although I'd like to see AA win, its just not going to happen.
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