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Fedor-Sylvia to Fight For WAMMA Heavyweight Title

(Now there’s hardware at stake.)

MMA Rated is reporting that the Fedor Emelianenko-Tim Sylvia bout on the July 19 Affliction card will be for the WAMMA heavyweight title. For those that don’t know, WAMMA is the World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts (In the interest of full disclosure, I’m on the rankings committee, as is Ariel Helwani, Sam Caplan, and a bunch of other guys). This would be the first title put up by WAMMA, and in a fight with two men ranked first and fourth respectively in the heavyweight division.

Affliction VP Tom Atencio confirmed the report, and while it might not yet be the most meaningful title in the world, it does add a little extra interest to the Fedor-Sylvia bout.


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gracies suck ass- July 1, 2008 at 7:12 pm
if tim wins he won't be #1 since he was just subbed by nog, good observation skills there just4fun,
jst4fun373- July 1, 2008 at 7:01 pm
if tim beats fendor then he should be ranked high. tim might not be the greatest fighter in the world but he has proven that he can fight. he beat andre not once but twice when he seemed unbeatable. fedor is ranked num 1 with out having fought a top ranked guy in a while, why give him so much hype? sure he did a lot before but so did rua and he lost to forrest. not taking anything from forrest. anyone who beats fedor should be consider a top ranked fighter if not number 1 at hw.
gracies suck ass- July 1, 2008 at 6:57 pm
the WAMMA belt is a fucking joke and is going to take away from this fight.

WAMMA: We only support fights between the top ranked fighters to find our champs...

Well shit isn't that fucking Randy and Nog? Fedor maybe, but tim is def not the 2nd best in the world, WAMMA is Bullshit and no one should support this piece of shit coat tail riding organization.

@ Randy couture specifically: Quit trying to look like your doing something by sitting on the wamma board and fill out your contractual obligations you fucking chrome headed tramp stamp fucking douche bag.

AJ- July 1, 2008 at 6:34 pm
Word. Sylvia winning will make Affliction look bad. Put your $ on Fedor. KO in the 2nd round.
WAMMA Pit Fighter- June 16, 2008 at 5:20 pm
Douchebaggery understood my point. I am firmly against the idea of WAMMA, but if they must have belts, what I meant is that they should just award belts to all of their #1 ranked fighters in all divisions as ranked by WAMMA, which Fedor would clearly be if he beats Sylvia. Fedor's claim to be #1 would be hard to dispute at that point, whereas if Sylvia wins, I don't think most would see him as #1, thus undermining WAMMA's legitimacy.
turk- June 16, 2008 at 2:18 am
Wow that sucked
Turk- June 16, 2008 at 2:18 am
Just let him live Fedor, but beat the [IMG][/IMG] out of him !
douchebaggery- June 15, 2008 at 5:36 pm
the difference is that if Fedor wins the belt will have some vague sense of legitimacy and if Tim wins the belt will end up with shart stains.

"Doesn’t beating the man make you the man?"

that wasn't the case in Matt Serra's upset of GSP. he never was and never will be considered "the man", just like Sylvia.
bfowlkes- June 15, 2008 at 4:14 pm
I completely understand your concerns about WAMMA, and I've expressed similar ones before. However I don't see how just giving a belt to Fedor if he wins would be any better. If you acknowledge that Fedor would deserve a belt for beating Tim and generally being the top-ranked heavyweight, then wouldn't Tim deserve it for beating Fedor? Doesn't beating the man make you the man?
WAMMA Pit Fighter- June 15, 2008 at 3:43 pm
Ben, I just don't understand this.

First off, I have never been a fan of the idea of ading sanctioning bodies to MMA. They have an awful track record in boxing, and I can't imagine what good they can do for MMA.

More to the point, if WAMMA wants to be taken seriously, how can it create a belt for this fight. What if Tim Sylvia wins? He would have lost recently to Randy Couture and Noguiera, yet a win against Fedor makes him the #1 fighter in the world according to WAMMA.

So does that mean WAMMA is just going to pretend Couture and Nog don't exist, kinda like Dana White pretends Fedor doesn't exist? In my mind, this totally undermines the credibility of the organization as it is desperately trying to vye for credibility. It would have simply been smarter to have not disclosed the belt, and just awarded Fedor the belt if he pulls out the likely victory. I would accept that. But the idea that Tim Sylvia is even up for the belt of a sanctioning committee tells me you can't take them seriously if they want oversight of the rankings and eventually match-makings in MMA.

On a side note, I appreciate the full-disclosure on your being a part of WAMMA. That is a lot better than I can say for Caplan, who seems to think he is above disclosure of any sort, while he shamelessly plugs EliteXC while cashing checks from both ProElite and CBS.
Tertio- June 15, 2008 at 10:18 am
All week end i was wondering why the fuck would Affliction associate themselves with the retards at W(Y)AMMA pit fighting....

I am slow.
some lard ass- June 15, 2008 at 1:17 am
WAMMA sounds like some kind of toy. Why didn't you name it GAMMA? Global instead of World....
Than- June 14, 2008 at 8:34 pm
I hope this means the fight is longer.
moo- June 14, 2008 at 3:08 am
The only positive i could see of making this a title fight is possibly 5 rounds instead of 3. Dont know if Affliction is going to follow the same rounds/times as the UFC match format, but hey, just throwing it out there
moo- June 14, 2008 at 3:06 am
"if Tim wins he will be glad he has something to wear that will cover up his “zoidberg-esque” belly roll. "


- lets just hope he doesnt desecrate this belt the way he did the UFC by having sex with it on.
trey anastosiopolous- June 14, 2008 at 2:10 am
This belt is going to have a lot more meaning than whoever wears the UFC, Elite or other HW belt.

Affliction has the BEST HW category.

I dont think having a WAMMA belt is a bad idea. I dont think its a great idea.
I honestly dont give a fuck about belts but Im sure it gives some kind of legitimacy.
ANd WAMMA has an excellent ranking system done by people we know and trust,

Urijah is the best runt weight fighter in the world. Sure, its a minor league organizations belt but it still means something to him and to the people who follow him.

With over a dozen MMA organizations in the world and the loss of the big one last year, one belt more or less makes no difference.

I pay to see good cards with reputable fighers, I dont care about their belts or what organization they fight for.
Name me one card this year that is better (on paper) than Affliction or the DREAM cards? Whether they get a belt, a trophy or a Jenna lovedoll, will in NO WAY affect how this card turns out.
Alex- June 14, 2008 at 1:22 am
What the fuck is WAMMA? I had to start a wikipedia page for it, don't let me down
Anonymous- June 14, 2008 at 12:30 am
names soon gona be changed to "fedors belt"
DOuchebaggery- June 13, 2008 at 10:16 pm
I don't know why but adding a WAMMA title seems to reduce the coolness of this fight for me.
Also, anything that sounds even remotely like YAMMA can't be a good thing and tends to trigger my gag reflex.

I almost didn't catch "WAMMA" the first time I read it and then had to search my mma memory banks for that obscure term.

WAMMA is a joke and you should distance yourself from it for the good of, and Affliction should do the same. IF Fedor wins :) I expect him to look at the WAMMA belt with even more indifference than he usually shows after a battle. if Tim wins he will be glad he has something to wear that will cover up his "zoidberg-esque" belly roll.
Bill- June 13, 2008 at 8:21 pm
Who cares about the dumb WAMMA belt. It is pointless. Make an Affliction belt that is dumb!
NealTaflinger- June 13, 2008 at 7:53 pm
WAMMA lamma ding-dong. Meaningless until the UFC participates.
a- June 13, 2008 at 7:49 pm
I thought wuiff was the wanna champ?!? Did he lose the title?
Anonymous- June 13, 2008 at 7:38 pm
OrMMA- June 13, 2008 at 6:40 pm

completely agree, I don't want to see MMA turn into fights like boxing

In this corner, the WAMMA, LITE & Double YAMMA Heavy-weight champion of the world versus his opponent from Brazil, reigning Cage-central, WUBBA, WTF heavy-weight champion, here to Unify the belts as WhoCares-World Champion!
sol- June 13, 2008 at 6:29 pm
WAMMA sounds to close to YAMMA :P

on a side note i dont see anywhere on the Banned site where i can livestream it, i would pay for this card.