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Affliction/Dream Co-Promotion Rumor Is So Crazy It’s Almost Sane

Mirko Cro Cop
(‘And what is deal with airline food? Is no good, am I right?’)

Want to hear something totally insane and probably not true?  That was a rhetorical question.  Of course you want to hear this.  According to a Croatian newspaper article translated for us by Robert of, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic’s next bout will be this July in an Affliction/Dream co-promotional event full of all kinds of fights that only sort of make sense.  

The article quotes Cro Cop as saying that he’d like to fight four times this year (he knows it’s already mid-April and he’s fought zero times so far this year, right?) and five times in 2010, so the credibility of this report seems strained to begin with.  But then the article declares that the “only certainty” is a Cro Cop-Alistair Overeem rematch on a July 20 Affliction/Dream co-promotion in Japan.  Also on that card, according to this report, will be Fedor Emelianenko taking on Jeff Monson and Josh Barnett facing off against Andrei Arlovski.

Whoa, let’s back up a second, Croatian newspaper.  Now who’s this Fedor guy anyway and what has he done to deserve a shot at "The Snowman"?

Obviously, this story has an odor of bullshit about it right now, but if you’re looking for reasons to believe it you can comfort yourself with these semi-verified facts: a) Affliction has no idea what they’re doing for their third event at this point, so it’s not as if this would require a lot of rescheduling on their part, b) Even though a Barnett-Fedor main event seems like the logical conclusion to this grand Affliction MMA experiment, that fight’s been looking doubtful lately and Barnett is the only one who seems to care, c) Jeff Monson really wants to fight Fedor, and Japan is clearly the only place for a bout like that.

Whaddaya say, convinced yet?  Us neither.  You can’t rule it out completely since both Affliction and Dream are liable to do anything, but at the same time we don’t recommend organizing your summer vacation plans around this event.  That’s why we’ve planned our summer around the series of unexplained explosions known as the “Transformers” sequel.  That and swimming.  It’s just prudent planning.

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Anonymous- April 18, 2009 at 10:14 am
MONSON VS FEDOR why dont you just le fedor dance around for a few minutes by him self probably be just as exciting
KTFO- April 18, 2009 at 4:20 am
In Amedica opponent kick YOU in the head.
MMA FAN- April 16, 2009 at 5:47 pm
this could ruin a pontencially bout between barnett and fedor. this is a 100% FAKE
T Rex- April 16, 2009 at 3:00 pm
I thought that Tom Atencio said we wouldn't be upset with Fedor's next opponent? He's acting an awful like the people who wear his t-shirts now (other than fighters). Pretentious and hollow on the inside.
Clue-by-Four- April 16, 2009 at 2:59 pm
Fedor is ducking Monson.
jdavis- April 16, 2009 at 2:05 pm
"How much could affliction spit in Dana White's face by staging an event in Japan, where Dana still can't go?"

You mean Affliction loaning fighters to Dream for their already scheduled July 20th event? White would probably think it was funny, particularly if it was headlined by Fedor vs Monson. The UFC could go to Japan too if they just wanted to just send guys over to fight for Dream, hell I think Dream would jump at that offer.

Darkside- April 16, 2009 at 1:58 pm
Beer pong between Tank and Butterbean? That's fuckin stupi....actually, you know what? The more that I think about it, that could be pretty sweet. Sign me up!
Anonymous- April 16, 2009 at 12:50 pm
Great caption!
Lysol- April 16, 2009 at 12:12 pm
So far, it looks like Affliction's next "Event" will be a hybred card. There will be MMA in the form of "The Last Russian Emperor" Fedor Emelianenko vrs "The Snowman" Jeff Monson. There will be boxing in the form of Tim "The Maine-iac from Iowa" Sylvia vrs "Merciless" Rey Mercer. And there will more than likely be beer pong in the form of David "Tank" Abbott vrs Eric "Butterbean" Esch. And by the way, SPECIAL GUEST COMMENTARY BY TITO "THE HUNTINGTON BEACH BAD BOY" ORTIZ AND WAR "JOHN" MACHINE! FUCK YES!
Dubya- April 16, 2009 at 11:56 am
p.s. When I say 'only in America' - I am referring an opportunity like that for someone like Monson. I wasn't saying that it can only happen in America because Monson is legally prohibited from leaving the country. Just wanted to make that clear.
Dubya- April 16, 2009 at 11:54 am
just making sure I follow...

- Nelson lost to Arlovski.
- Arlovski lost to Fedor.
- Fedor/Barnett rumors start.
- Monson lost to Nelson, yet gets the W anyway
- Fedor vs Monson?

see also: Thales Leites

p.s.: I'd love to see Affliction give Monson, the anarchist, a $900,000 payday. Only in America. Perhaps it would cover his legal bills. Maybe he can buy a new grandfather clock w/ that.

AM I BAD!!!! (no)
Craig- April 16, 2009 at 11:47 am
Hehe - Fedor / Monson ;)

The ONLY thing that rings true here is that the only place you could have this tournament would be Japan.

Frankly I think it should be Monson plus the winner of Dream 9 against Fedor. The ref should be a trained monkey in a shaolin outfit. Anyone tossed from the ring needs to stay the hell out.

Watch out for the flying monkey.
Anonymous- April 16, 2009 at 11:26 am
"bump" could you possibly be a bigger fucking idiot!
Jay Smith- April 16, 2009 at 10:44 am
@ lysol
good point........
smashfacekillah- April 16, 2009 at 10:37 am
Am I the only one who would rather see the snowman vs the last emperor. Either that or Jesus vs a space dragon. That would be sweet
matt- April 16, 2009 at 10:30 am
"Whoa, let's back up a second, Croatian newspaper. Now who's this Fedor guy anyway and what has he done to deserve a shot at "The Snowman"?"

Oh God, that was hilarious. Seriously, I laughed til I stopped on that one.

armfarmer- April 16, 2009 at 10:21 am
I don't give a fuck if the main event is fedor vs god if they plan on having the same announcing/interviewing/commentating crew I'm not going anywhere near it. I'd rather play leapfrog with unicorns than sit through another 3 hours of Scott Ferrell.
The Can- April 16, 2009 at 10:21 am
I would rather see Barnett as well, some sick fights though. Would get it on PPV for sure.
Jeff Goldblum- April 16, 2009 at 10:16 am
Jesus christo, they might as well put Ricco Rodriguez up against Fedor at this rate.
Monson is a beast and all but come on man, Barnett all the way.
Lysol- April 16, 2009 at 10:14 am
"Why doesn't Affliction understand that if they put on the Fedor/Barnett fight, they will definatly make more money. This ain't rocket science."

To a guy who got rich scamming old people and then hired Tito Ortiz as an announcer, this is.
bump- April 16, 2009 at 10:07 am
If Affliction goes to Japan T-shirt guy might become the Yakuza's bitch, for life. He may never come home.
Wyatt- April 16, 2009 at 10:02 am
How much could affliction spit in Dana White's face by staging an event in Japan, where Dana still can't go?
Jay Smith- April 16, 2009 at 10:02 am
Gees, some of you guys have real anger management issues.
As stated plenty of times above, we want to see Fedor/Barnett. This is one of the reasons the UFC has just killed every other MMA organizations in the world. They put on the fights the fans want to see. Why doesn't Affliction understand that if they put on the Fedor/Barnett fight, they will definatly make more money. This ain't rocket science.
Jon "Bob Carson" McCaffrey- April 16, 2009 at 9:51 am
The first two fights they gave us were incredibly important you bumbling moron. They aren't "continuing" to give us Fedor mismatches. This will be the first one, they need to continue the trend with the two first fights and give him the one remaining opponent that he needs to fight before he retires.

Once again, you are a fucking moron.
rickfurious- April 16, 2009 at 9:48 am
Y do these guys continue to give us cards that the fans dont agree with all the time.Fedor will kill jeff every one knows that he has no striking and u tell me who can out graple fedor please i would like to know that.U dont put a guy who has a lose against a guy who's on a win streak.I guess we will have to see fedor kill another guy who is nowhere as good as him once again.