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Fedor Emelianenko, Josh Barnett Verbally Agree to Affliction III Match

(Josh’s "retarded proctologist" bit always brought a half-smile to Fedor’s face. Photo courtesy of

Yes, Affliction has yanked away the proverbial football a couple times before, but according to a new report on MMA Fanhouse, Fedor Emelianenko and Josh Barnett are really, truly going to fight this summer — we hope:

Affliction’s third event, featuring a main event of Fedor Emelianenko vs. Josh Barnett and taking place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on August 1, should be officially announced within days, a source with knowledge of the situation told FanHouse. Though neither Emelianenko or Barnett has signed official bout agreements, they have both verbally accepted the matchup, according to the source…

The August 1 show will also likely feature a bout between Brazilian slugger Vitor Belfort and surging star Gegard Mousasi, according to the source, though Mousasi first has a May 26 DREAM fight with Mark Hunt in Japan…Meanwhile, [Tim] Sylvia will likely take on either Paul Buentello or [Gilbert] Yvel.

From a fan’s perspective, the longtime promise of an Emelianenko/Barnett match has been Affliction’s sole reason for existing, and we know it’ll be a great fight, no matter when it happens. But this is probably going to be Affliction’s last event, and it’s hard to work up much grief over that fact. With only three shows scheduled in 13 months, Affliction’s lack of forward momentum has caused MMA fans to pretty much forget about them. (Even Tom Atencio is finding other things to do.) We finally have a legitimate alternative to the UFC — Strikeforce, which is putting on entertaining cards for free — and the ill-fated "T-shirt company as fight promoter" experiment now just feels out of place. Remember them well.

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LowelltheHammer- May 21, 2009 at 3:20 pm
Overeem would be an interesting choice, as it appears that Fedor might have a weakness to skilled strikers (Cro Cop had him wobbled a few times and Arlovski looked damn good in the first 3 minutes of their fight). Overeem's also a giant heavyweight, and he seems revitalized at the new weight class so it could make for a decent fight. Not a fight I think Overeem would win, but a decent fight nonetheless.

However, at this point it appears far more likely that Fedor will end up fighting the winner of the Super Hulk Tournament, or Monson (as was rumored a week back or so), or any heavyweight fighter that wants to make a name for themselves by challenging him. It's unfortunate, but such is Fedor's career; it can't stand too much legitimacy at a time.
Mike Milbury- May 21, 2009 at 11:15 am
Not to mention they're friends, which makes the build-up less compelling.
IronClad- May 21, 2009 at 10:43 am
Fedor is going to beat Barnett
ArmFarmer- May 21, 2009 at 10:30 am
OBI, Fedor vs Mousasi or Aoki are completely irrelevant. Despite the fact that Fedor weighs more than 2 Mousasi's or 3 Aokis.. neither of those matches were real. Mousasi was basically just being a practice dummy so Fedor could show off some cool moves, and Aoki was just playing. I'm sure he'd handle either of them easily anyway, but no one was going all out in those exhibitions they were mostly just screwing around.

That said I think Fedor will take out Barnett, and Fedor vs 3 Aokis in a fight to the death would be really really entertaining.
Wyatt- May 21, 2009 at 9:58 am
Great event to end Affliction's try at MMA. I think Barnett is Fedor's toughest competition yet, but will get crushed via ground and pound.

Play Affliction off, Keyboard Cat.
LockDown- May 21, 2009 at 9:38 am
Finally... Barnett is ready to be murdered.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- May 21, 2009 at 9:21 am
@ mayhem

"Untill its signed an "Offical" I dont belive anything when it comes to Josh fighting Fedor. Josh has been ducking this fight for years."

Ditto to that. I'm taking all of this news with a grain of salt.

"If this does happen I can see Fedor making short work of Josh. The question is after he does that .... what does he do next?"

Fedor vs Brock. It's gotta happen.

@ Kindling

Good points. I think Fedor eats 3 bowls of "Win" for breakfast.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- May 21, 2009 at 9:16 am
Damn straight, Cheeto!

I loved that show....
My Fight Wiffa Cheeto- May 21, 2009 at 9:04 am

OBI... did you drop a Rocky and Bullwinkle Reference in your first post? Damn...
mayhem- May 21, 2009 at 8:54 am
Untill its signed an "Offical" I dont belive anything when it comes to Josh fighting Fedor. Josh has been ducking this fight for years.
I also agree with OBI .... Josh looked like crap in his last matche. Granted Fedor didnt exactly look perfect in the first 4 mins of his fight with AA, but he still KTFO outta AA when he got the chance, while Josh spent like the entire 3 rounds on top of Gilbert in mount only to get the win in the last min of round 3.
He also looked like crap vs Monson. If this does happen I can see Fedor making short work of Josh. The question is after he does that .... what does he do next?
All of the other quality HW's are in the UFC, well the one's he has not already beaten.
Fedor fan- May 21, 2009 at 8:53 am
After a thorough acid dip, I find that my nipples tend to be more sensitive to light.
Kindling- May 21, 2009 at 8:52 am
Well, to be fair, OBI, both of those vids were set up to exhibit Fedor's skill. He also outweighs both the guys by a lot. Especially Shinya. And even if it weren't strictly exhibitional, a weight difference between two skilled practitioners as slight as 5-10 pounds means the world. But I still agree with you, even given his performance against Arlovski before the KO, Fedor isn't showing any sign of slowing. He is still the same Fedor that has been consistently pulling at the win against all opposition—absurd, legitimate or otherwise—for years.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- May 21, 2009 at 8:42 am
@ Art Gibs

Sorry, dude. I really have to disagree with you on this one.

Fedor always looks pudgy, but he's in tremendous physical condition. His striking is deadly and his grappling is second to none.

Check out this recent vid of Fedor grappling Gegard Mousasi (24-2 record, ranked #3 Middleweight in the world by Sherdog).


Or how about this recent gem of Fedor's exhibition match against Shinya Aoki (20-4 record, ADCC champion, Black Belt in Judo and BJJ, and pretty much universally agreed upon #1 Lightweight in the world)

Come on. Fedor's TOYING with him! Does this look like a chubby out of shape guy? Did Barnett move like that against Yvel?

So yeah, based on the evidence and record, I think Fedor is at the top of his game right now.

And in regard to Fedor vs Arlovski: Arlovski was winning....right before he got KTFO. No way that Fedor is on the decline. IMO, I think he's peaking.
Kindling- May 21, 2009 at 8:34 am
Hmm. The Baby-Faced Assassin vs. The Baby-Faced One Man Genocide Machine.

If I were a bettin' man...
T1- May 21, 2009 at 8:17 am
@ Swedish, just started watching fights a few months ago huh?

I see Fedor taking this, Barnett should swing over to Strikeforce.

I like Josh too, need moar Shayna ...
Fedor vs. Bas- May 21, 2009 at 8:15 am
On Paper this is a great fight. #1 HW taking on a top 5 HW. BUt do you think Barnett will really make this a fight? I know Fedor will come in ready to kick some ass, but I think Barnett will hesitate because he's fighting a friend.

I hope Affliction just folds so maybe these guys will join Dream of Strikeforce. Affliction doesn't know how to pay fighters correctly and just can't put on a great show.
ArmFarmer- May 21, 2009 at 8:12 am
I'm gonna have to side with swedish on this one.. I'll watch it but I have a hard time giving a shit about anything affliciton does. I'd care if it were a rematch with Arlovski cause I think there's a chance he could make Fedor look really bad if he used his head (as something other than a fedor fist catcher), but this doesn't do a whole lot for me.
BM2- May 21, 2009 at 8:07 am
Finally, goddamn it. If Affliction deliver on this promise, then they have achieved everything that they ever needed to achieve, as far as I'm concerned.
Titos Head- May 21, 2009 at 8:06 am
Dammit ill never get a chance
Art Gibs- May 21, 2009 at 8:05 am
How can you say Fedor is at the top of his game and firing on all pistons? He's looking chubbier than ever, he looked terrible in the first couple mins of the Arlovski fight, and he's fought very infrequently in the past couple years. At best, we don't have enough information to know whether he's in great shape or not. And at worst, he's on the decline.
Bizzle- May 21, 2009 at 8:05 am
I just don't see Barnett taking this one.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- May 21, 2009 at 8:04 am
"In Russia, Retarded Proctologist sticks finger up your..."

"Oh...wait...that is how suppose to go."
Old_Bald_and_Irish- May 21, 2009 at 8:02 am
Normally, I would be really psyched about this match up. But Barnett didn't exactly set the place on fire with his match against Yvel.

Look, I like Barnett a lot *pause*, he's on a 4 fight win streak and he's won 9 of his last 11 bouts. But Fedor is at the top of his game and firing on all pistons. While this is a great match up, it should have happened 5 years ago.

Yeah, yeah...I know. Call Peabody and Sherman and get them to hook me up with the Way-Back Machine....

The Barnett that fought Yvel is gonna end up making Tim Sylvia look good. I really hope that Josh has a good training camp and comes to the fight injury free. Otherwise, it will be a short night for The Baby Faced Assassin.
CJvsCP- May 21, 2009 at 7:48 am
ohhhhh that's godda hurt!
Art Gibs- May 21, 2009 at 7:43 am
@ Swedish: You're looking pretty dumb right now.