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M-1 Announces Barnett vs. Yvel for “Day of Reckoning”


(Photo courtesy of Shootboxing.org.)

Well, it looks like Brett Rogers is getting shafted again. From a press release that landed in our inbox this morning:

M-1 Global is pleased to announce that Gilbert Yvel, one of its top heavyweight competitors, has agreed to terms on a three-fight contract with Affliction Entertainment.
 
Yvel will make his Affliction debut against former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett on January 24 in Anaheim, California at the Honda Center during "Day of Reckoning," to be presented by Affliction, M-1 Global, and Golden Boy Promotions.
 
Despite being veterans of the now-defunct PRIDE Fighting Championships in Japan, Yvel and Barnett have never fought before with "Day of Reckoning" serving as the first-ever meeting between the two.

As with anything related to M-1 or Affliction, treat this announcement more as a possibility than a confirmation. But if it does come together, the Babyface Assassin had better be on guard — Yvel, after all, has three disqualifications under his belt due to biting, eye-gouging, and knocking out a referee. Still, he’s often brilliant when he keeps his emotions in check, and has won his last seven fights via stoppage, most recently a 22-second TKO of Alexander Timonov at last month’s M-1 Challenge event in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Barnett has been a perfect 3-0 since the demise of PRIDE, and last competed at Affliction’s "Banned" show in July, where he scored a second-round knockout of Pedro Rizzo. Personally, I’m happy to see Barnett fighting any legitimate opponent — and if he can punish Yvel for all his bad in-ring behavior, even better — but if you’re interested in the opposing viewpoint, Fight Opinion has four reasons why this matchup is "worthless."

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ksgbobo- December 3, 2008 at 1:13 pm
Yvel is such a douche, I hope Barnett destroys him and sets him in his place. Man, I hate douches like Yvel, I'd spit in his face. (thats douche like)
jdavis- December 3, 2008 at 11:47 am
So none of the heavyweights that Affliction already had under contract were good enough? Tim Sylvia, Ben Rothwell and Roy Nelson sit on the bench and Paul Buentello fights on the undercard while Affliction signs a guy who might not even be able to get a license to fight Barnett.
Imbecile- December 3, 2008 at 11:26 am
Nice work Affliction! Way to show you are a responsible and professional organization by signing a great ambassador for the sport like Gilbert Yvel.
Lincoln- December 3, 2008 at 10:54 am
This fight is a fucking waste.
LuDogg- December 3, 2008 at 10:46 am
Barnett will eat him. Does anyone know the story behind the Yvel KOing the Ref video? What was the beef there?
teprar- December 3, 2008 at 10:21 am
Damn...Am I the only one who thinks Gilbert Yvel is a teenage mutant ninja turtle for real???
sodak- December 3, 2008 at 9:20 am
sweet! I wanna see this fight, don't know why everyones bitchin yvels a quality opponent whos beat a lot of good fighters i was afraid barnett was gonna fight brett rogers or some no name can. obviously he's dutch n likes to bang maybe josh will keep it standing like he did w Rizzo.
Geriatric Peon- December 3, 2008 at 8:32 am
I was actually looking forward to seeing Rogers being tested against the Baby Faced Asshat. *sigh*
mayhem420- December 3, 2008 at 7:53 am
Yawwn..... oh sorry this is a fight that I am supposed to want to see?
How bout Josh actually fighting ANYONE who is ranked!
So much for putting on exciting fights! Thanks Affliction.
Jugger- December 3, 2008 at 7:42 am
"Worthless" would be an accurate description. Yvel is a kick-boxer who's only popular because Japanese people like token black heels. I'm about to lose hope that Barnett's potential will ever really be tested.
Hlem- December 3, 2008 at 7:35 am
Yvel's ground game is non-existent. Every time he faced any sort of grappler in pride he lost in short order: expect more of the same against Barnett.
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