According to Sherdog.com, Affliction announced Tuesday that a heavyweight clash between Aleksander Emelianenko and Paul Buentello is the latest fight to be added to its debut card on July 19 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Buentello, 25-10, also currently competes for Strikeforce and has also fought for the UFC in the past. The Texas native is looking to come back from a loss in his last fight, a submission due to knees to the body by Alistair Overeem last November. The bout was for the then-vacant Strikeforce heavyweight title.
Emelianenko, who is 13-3 in his MMA career, last fought on April 3 during the M-1 Challenge, where he recorded a first round TKO over Silvao Santos. Prior to the win over Santos, he had last competed for the now-defunct Hardcore Championship Fighting promotion last October. In that fight he submitted Dan Bobish with a guillotine choke at 1:09 of round 1.
The July show will be headlined by Emelianenko’s older brother, former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko, who will be taking on former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia.
Other announced bouts include Josh Barnett vs. Pedro Rizzo, Renato “Babalu” Sobral vs. Mike Whitehead, Matt Lindland vs. Fabio Negao. Ben Rothwell will be appearing on the card as well, against a yet-to-be-announced opponent. Many news outlets have speculated that Rothwell’s opponent could be former UFC heayweight champion Andrei Arlovski.