Affliction Banned

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Posted July 17, 2008 in

He is considered the best pound-for-pound heavyweight by many in the world of MMA, including the likes of Randy Couture, but Russia’s Fedor Emelianenko has only appeared once on US soil—that was back in October of 2006 in Las Vegas. It’s sort of like the Pope is visiting, rather than the Last Emperor, he has almost religious prestige in the sport. Though the fierce striker/judoka was the reigning champion in Pride and has beaten the current interim UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira twice, the UFC’s president Dana White candidly questions his mythological status as unbeatable. Enter the Affliction promotion, partnered by Donald Trump and the local clothing brand, which will match-up  22 big what if’s, many of whom will cash in on a big payday. Free agents, castoffs, and sundry legends from the UFC, Pride and others comprise the Affliction “Banned” show, being hailed as one of the biggest MMA events ever, with  Fedor (27-1-0) headlining the mixer against former UFC heavyweight champion, Tim “the Maine-iac” Silva (24-4). If that weren’t enough, Andrei Arlovski will take on Ben Rothwell; the exiled Matt “The Law” Lindland of Team Quest will try and take down the Lotus Club’s Fabio Negao; and local icon Josh Barnett will mix it up with Pedro Rizzo. Vitor Belfort, Renalto “Babalu” Sobral and the not yet completely exsanguinated Edwin Dewees are also on the card. Ever a sport of one-upmanship, the UFC has cobbled together a card with middleweight champ Anderson “The Spider” Silva in Las Vegas on the same night (jumping to light heavy at 205), so for the MMA fan, this Saturday will be like loosing a nymphomaniac at the AVN convention. (Chuck Mindenhall)

 

Affliction “Banned” at the Honda Center, Anaheim. Pay-per-view for main card, Saturday, July 19 at 6PM through DirecTV, $44.95. Prelims show for free on FSN, 5PM. Tickets at www.ticketmaster.com, $50-$1000

 


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