(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.