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Showtime Taking Over Production for Affliction; Lindland, Matyushenko, Buentello Confirmed for “Reckoning”


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Josh Gross at SI reports that Showtime Sports will be responsible for producing and distributing Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” pay-per-view card on January 24th; an official announcement will come Monday. Showtime Sports produced all the ShoXC and EliteXC broadcasts on the premium cable channel, as well as the EliteXC events on CBS and the Strikeforce/EliteXC co-promoted “Shamrock vs. Baroni” pay-per-view in June 2007. So, expect a step up in quality from the bad lighting, bizarre camera angles, and poor pacing that plagued Affliction’s “Banned” show in July.

“Day of Reckoning” is still headlined by Fedor Emelianenko defending his WAMMA heavyweight championship belt against Andrei Arlovski. Gross also confirmed the addition of three other bouts: First, Matt Lindland and Renato “Babalu” Sobral will meet in a middleweight match on the main card; both fighters won decisions at “Banned,” with Lindland getting the better of Fabio Nascimento and Sobral edging out Mike Whitehead. [Ed. note: FiveOunces is reporting that the match will be contested at light-heavyweight.]

A light-heavyweight scrap between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Vladimir Matyushenko will headline the undercard broadcast on HDNet. Matyushenko previously defeated Lil’ Nog by decision at a Universal Fighting-Arts Organization event in 2002, though “The Janitor” hasn’t competed since a TKO victory over Jamal Patterson at an IFL event in April; Nogueira last fought at Sengoku 6 earlier this month, where he won a decision over Moise Rimbon.

And finally, heavyweight Paul Buentello — who was originally supposed to face Aleksander Emelianenko at “Banned” and wound up winning a decision over Gary Goodridge — will face Red Devil Sport Club’s Kiril Sidelnikov on the undercard. A match between Chris Horodecki and Dan Lauzon has also been rumored, while Vitor Belfort and Jay Hieron will also reportedly be on the lineup. Additional bouts will be announced in the near future.

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Anonymous- November 14, 2008 at 12:22 am
kirill will put buentello to sleep.
wicked pissa- November 13, 2008 at 9:27 pm
fedor will kill arlovski. he has sucked ever since he shaved all the wolf hair off his back. it was giving him strength like sampson. now he can barely even beat wicked fatties like that last douche on elite xc.

it was worth buying both ppvs last time so i could see ufc and also watch tim silvia get his fat head knocked around. megadeth was a plesant surprise too, and i don't even like megadeth. but not this time, already know the outcome and don't wanna watch 'lovski die... again...
Michael- November 13, 2008 at 4:58 pm
Pretty sure Aleks. has hep.
chiggs- November 13, 2008 at 4:40 pm
Hey what the hell happened to the rumored bout of Josh Barnett vs Aleks Em. in a rematch??? Both fighters basically confirmed the match a month or two ago and I know Aleks fights later this month for M1. Damn was lookin forward to that fight..Barnett better be on this feckin card in one way shape or form :/
Massiveamounts- November 13, 2008 at 3:34 pm
My fault I just read the actual article, yeah I don't know about them fighting at middle weight, Babalu is a big dude, I don't think there's anyway they'll meet at middle, I think thats prob a typo. Bablu is about 6'3 and is much bigger in person than most think.
Massiveamounts- November 13, 2008 at 3:27 pm
Dru Down and Jugger,

I think the more likely thing to happen would be that Lindland would move up to LHW, he's fought all the way up to heavyweight.

Looks like a great card, if affliction could get some financial backers and could find a way to make things work they would be able to put on some excellent shows and match-ups I would really like to see. I hope the Fedor fight goes at least past the second round, but that guys a beast....just like I commented on bj's flexibility and leg control being one off, Fedor's explosiveness is like no other heavyweight I've seen fight. I hope Arlovski's boxing skills he's picked up from training with Roach will off set a bit of this to make it a decent fight...I think if anyone can atm it's Arlovski.
Dru Down- November 13, 2008 at 2:54 pm
Jugger- "Sobral is dropping to MW? I’ll believe that when I see it."

I think it's realistic- he's always looked pretty soft, even at 205. Plus, has about zero power in his strikes. Maybe he'll be a little less sluggish at this weight.
kissenger- November 13, 2008 at 2:30 pm
Showtime should just BACK OFF! Do NOT try to make Affliction like EXC or I will shit!
Sodak- November 13, 2008 at 2:27 pm
Sweet, Affliction deffinately needed better production and to do something about fighters going through the ropes. i like lil fedor check out this vid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuNvmsHejkM
Kelly C- November 13, 2008 at 2:19 pm
When did this get moved to January 24th? Last I heard it was scheduled for January 17th and in retaliation, Dana White announced UFC 93 would be held in Ireland on the same day. If it's the 24th, then how long before the UFC conuters and moves UFC 93 to the 24th as well?
Whitey- November 13, 2008 at 2:12 pm
Too bad I'll be buying the BJ vs St. Pierre fight instead of this one...
JIMMA- November 13, 2008 at 1:38 pm
I hope they get Dan Lauzon on the card, kids got talent.

Overall this looks interesting, 100% worth a purchase .. As long as it sticks.
Geriatric Peon- November 13, 2008 at 1:26 pm
Sweet! Now all they need is El Guapo doing commentary.
Ape- November 13, 2008 at 1:24 pm
I bet that Fedor will be dropped out, Arlovski will fight Werdum/ Barnett
Karate Kid- November 13, 2008 at 1:16 pm
Awesome Super fight!! real hard too call this one, but im giving the slight edge to fedor but you never know pitbull might be the guy too doo the job
polish- November 13, 2008 at 12:37 pm
A. I hope it happens.
B. I hope it doesn't go black screen like the last Affliction did.
C. I hope it happens.
D. Better picture quality (HD Please) and Broadcast quality would be great.
E. I hope it happens.
Anonymous- November 13, 2008 at 12:33 pm
COME ON PITBULL!!
Jugger- November 13, 2008 at 12:29 pm
Sobral is dropping to MW? I'll believe that when I see it.
Ape- November 13, 2008 at 12:17 pm
Good stuff!
SWEET- November 13, 2008 at 12:14 pm
they needed a shakeup
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