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It’s Official: Barnett vs. Arlovski @ “Day of Reckoning”

(Mmmm, apocalyptic…)

After a Long Beach Press-Telegram article confirmed that Affliction’s next event would be headlined by a heavyweight bout between Josh Barnett (23-5) and Andrei Arlovski (13-5), the t-shirt company put up a home page for the October 11th card — named “Day of Reckoning” — which will be held at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. An exclusive ticket presale for “Affliction customers” begins Wednesday; tickets can be bought here.

Besides that reported bout between Matt Lindland and Vitor Belfort, the only thing we know about the lineup at this point is that Fedor won’t be on it. Though the absence of Affliction’s best fighter is unfortunate, Emelianenko still isn’t a proven pay-per-view draw in the U.S., and if Affliction can quickly get their hands on someone who isTito Ortiz, in a best-case scenario — then “Reckoning” should be able to out-perform “Banned.” We’ll keep you updated as the card comes together.

But speaking of Fedor, you wanna hear something totally freakin’ wild?

Here’s the most outlandish rumor of the day, courtesy of Rear Naked News:

Rear Naked News has learned that Randy Couture and his legal representatives are planning to meet with top officials from the UFC early next week. The meetings hope to work out an amicable split, which will end the months of legal action by both sides. Although Dana White has been against working out a deal, it appears he has been overruled by top officials within Zuffa, UFC’s parent company. White has a tendency to make business personal and it seems Zuffa has finally stepped in to work the matter out.

This is great news for MMA fans who hope to see a potential match-up between Fedor Emelianenko and Couture. Adding even more intrigue to the closed door meetings is the rumor Fedor’s bout with Andrei Arlovski has been scrapped due to a hand injury suffered by Emelianenko. Instead it seems likely Affliction decided it was not worth it to put Fedor into the ring with Arlovski because they believe Couture will become a free agent soon. This would allow them to set up a proposed December bout to go head to head with UFC’s traditional end of the year event.

I want to believe this, because Randy deserves to have his dream fight before he retires, and his mounting legal headaches might have him willing to negotiate, finally. But then again, Rear Naked News? Hmm. Anyway, stay tuned…

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patrickgamil- August 22, 2008 at 3:42 am
the only KO to barnett was from rizzo. but i doubt andrei will be able to finish barnett even if he is fortunate enough to rock him once or twice, whereas even though arlovskis edge (perhaps only edge) is boxing, even there barnett has the KO finishing potential not AA.
patrickgamil- August 22, 2008 at 3:37 am
barnett is tough match up for arlovski.
he bops around endlessly
yet is big heavy ,
and has KO power,
knees like battering rams,
all while desperately being concerned about
getting taken to the ground
where barnett is sickeningly good.
Anonymous- August 4, 2008 at 5:50 pm
tito "the plastic vagina" ortiz
blown32v- August 4, 2008 at 4:07 pm
Barnett has never beat Fedor.

AA vs Barnett is enough for me to buy the PPV.
LifeSupport- August 4, 2008 at 12:18 pm
Did anyone actually read the article? Nowhere does it say or even imply that a match between Randy and Fedor was likely to happen in the UFC. It is stating that Randy vs Zuffa could get resolved and that would open the door for Affliction to promote a Randy vs Fedor fight opposite the UFC's end of year event. Read before we speculate, people. And watch the movie 'Idiocracy' and keep good notes.
Daley- August 4, 2008 at 10:58 am
Is everyone on here mad? no way will Arlovski walk through Barnett. Barnett is clearly the better fighter, the people hes fought and beaten are of a much higher calibre than those Arlovski has fought. Hes arguably just a decent boxer fighting in MMA (although I know alot of you will claim that Barnett is just a decent wrestler fighting in MMA). This entire match is just a set up for the much anticipated Fedor v Barnett.
hmmm- August 4, 2008 at 4:41 am
I wonder when the masses will realise how dana white is more concerned creating the illusion of supieriority and not his figters
Anonymous- August 3, 2008 at 11:44 pm
How's Taste My Pee Pee Pee vs How's Taste my Big Pee Pee
Lyle Howard Seave- August 3, 2008 at 9:45 pm
I can go even one better on the Aleksandar E. front.

If Arlovski beats Barnett, he gets to fight Fedor, so what do you do with a then vanquished Barnett?

You put up Barnett/Aleksandar E. as a rematch since Barnett beat baby Fedor in Pride 2-3 years ago.
Kevin Rose- August 3, 2008 at 9:34 pm
Arlovski/Barnett, Babalu/Tito, Vitor/Lindland is good enough for my 40$ PPV.

If Aleks is not really sick then I would like to see him on the card as well.
Wyatt- August 3, 2008 at 7:31 pm
Skulls with Wings...and FANGS!
JB- August 3, 2008 at 7:01 pm
i would think the meeting would be about Fedor v. Randy taking place in the UFC and that fight fulfilling Randy's contract, other than that what does Randy have to negotiate. The UFC is not taking a beating for how they are handling Randy so why allow him to leave for free so he can boost a competitors PPV numbers. Besides Randy has recently said he could possibly see the fight taking place in the UFC and Fedors management has said they would accept that fight.
Rob J- August 3, 2008 at 6:57 pm
barnett with find out how taste arlovski's pee pee pee
Geriatric Peon- August 3, 2008 at 6:45 pm
I will pay just for the hope to see AA bash barnett's annoying showboating face in
Arbreaker- August 3, 2008 at 6:24 pm
With two great heavyweights like Barnett and Arlovski on the card, I will buy the pay-per-view costs. I could care less about seeing Tito.
garth- August 3, 2008 at 6:17 pm
i'm betting that adding tito to a card with two charismatic fighters like barnett and arlovski at the top will boost the numbers significantly, especially if he's against some slightly legit competition...and they promote it worth a damn
steve- August 3, 2008 at 6:00 pm
barnett who? arlovski will rabbit punch his way to victory yet again.
norremo- August 3, 2008 at 5:34 pm
Tito is no longer a "big" draw. Look at the last UFC event, there was very little buzz around him and Jenna the plastic vagina.

Sure he will pull some PPV numbers but he will rape Afflicted on the salary side. Not to mention that his fight will suck
Rush 'N' Attack- August 3, 2008 at 5:31 pm
Arlovski all day. Barnett should stick to pro wrestling.