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Barnett/Rizzo Added to Affliction 1 Card

Another high-profile matchup has been added to Affliction’s July 19th debut card (Location TBA), as Josh Barnett confirmed last night that he’ll be taking on Pedro Rizzo. It’ll only be Barnett’s second match on U.S. soil since UFC 36 (3/22/02), where “The Babyface Assassin” knocked out Randy Couture to win the UFC’s heavyweight belt, but was stripped of the title directly after for failing a steroid test; Barnett then re-launched his career in Japan, where the drug policies were, shall we say, less judgmental.

Adding to the drama is the fact that the two fighters have previously met. Barnett suffered his first career loss at UFC 30 (2/23/01) against Rizzo, who knocked out the Seattle native in the second round. Said Barnett:

“[A]fter he knocked me out with one of those really nice, well put together Pedro Rizzo right hands, I stood right there for the challenge and said you know what, I’m going to come back here, I’m going to fight him again and next time I’m knocking his ass out. So I’ve got to make good on my promises and I’ve got to stick to my word.”

Regarding Affliction 1′s current lineup — which includes Fedor Emelianenko vs. Tim Sylvia, and Matt Lindland vs. TBA — Josh was his usual sardonic self:

“As much as I love my buddy Fedor, it’s going to suck for him because I’m stealing the show.”

Barnett is consistently ranked among the world’s top ten heavyweights by any MMA news outlet with an opinion (this one included), despite the fact that he hasn’t had an impressive win since 2006. Beating Rizzo would help remind American MMA fans who he is, but a bout with the Brazilian UFC/PRIDE vet isn’t quite the return match we were hoping for. Rizzo has gone 2-2 since leaving the UFC in 2003; true, he scored both of his recent wins last year, but he’s also old enough to have fought Tank Abbott at Ultimate Brazil. Is anyone else getting a “Masters Superfight” vibe from this one?

Video of Barnett vs. Rizzo at UFC 30 is after the jump…

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Hagakure LAW- September 13, 2008 at 7:25 pm
Bill even though this may be to little to late; u did notice that Fedor Emelianenko was on the Card, right! You might want to get your head straight and leave your personal moment of manifest destiny grandeur at the door. Emelianenko might just be one of the greatest all-around fighters of all time. C-Bus Allstar, the same goes for your ,already proven, inccorect comment. Damn, you armchair MA really are naive.
Dota- May 5, 2008 at 7:36 pm
I feel bad for the grief that Tim gets, i mean sure he looks like a douchebag and acts like one but he is still a top heavyweight and Fedor should be sucking his balls for the chance to finally fight someone good since Couture Fedor isnt happening till 2015.
tim sylvia's pussy- May 5, 2008 at 4:47 pm
this sounds like a solid event im really looking forward to barnett vs. rizzo.. sure rizzo is a little older now but he can still get in there and bang. i actually think he might win this one. and i cant wait to see the long overdue ass raping of tim sylvia. fedor's going to shit on that mohawk wearing douchebag
C-Bus Allstar- May 5, 2008 at 2:55 pm
Bill, go back to whatever menial labor job you were working at before you started being a professional troll.

You obviously A. have no current knowledge of the MMA world, (In which case wtf are you doing on this site), or B. are just a troll.

I think it's B. Because even someone with very little knowledge of MMA know's who Fedor Emelianenko is.

On topic: Great read, I'm excited for the Rizzo-Barnett fight.. Should be a good one. Barnett's done nothing but get better, and Rizzo is a knock-out artist.

Not to mention Fedor is finally going to be revealed for the overrated hack that he is.

I can't wait.. hell I might even order this shiz on PPV..
Markus- May 5, 2008 at 2:32 pm
I've always liked Barnett, mostly 'cause even though most matches I've seen with him, he's lost, he always tries his best, atleast that's the feeling I've got. It's him and.. what's his name.. Texas-dude..
Zescape- May 5, 2008 at 2:26 pm
That's a rematch I'd like to see!
Bill- May 5, 2008 at 1:24 pm
WHY EVEN PUT ON AN EVENT...This is going to be horrible!...FROM TOP TO BOTTOM ALL BAD FIGHTERS...
Kimbo's Lice- May 5, 2008 at 12:39 pm
TBA is gonna kick the shit out of Lindland.
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