With Affliction publicly saying that they intend to hold additional cards in the not-too-distant future, the first question that comes to mind is – who will be fighting?
Well, obviously Affliction boasts a very deep roster of heavyweights, and there are two fighters that MMA fans have wanted to see go at it for many years – Josh Barnett and Fedor Emelianenko.
Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio confirmed that Barnett vs. Emelianenko could very well happen.
We are going to use the winners (of the July fight) for the next show,” said Atencio.
That certainly does not mean that the match-up of former Pride stars is a given, but it certainly means that fight is a distinct possibility.
Barnett, though, is not looking past Pedro Rizzo on July 19th.
I don’t look any further then the fight in front of me. I can do all the wishing I want,” said Barnett, “The only thing that is guaranteed is the fight in front of me.”
What Barnett’s quote tells me is that a fight with Emelianenko is definitely on his radar. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that a potential fight between Emelianenko and Andrei Arlovski could do a bigger number in the U.S. – based on Arlovski’s popularity. I would personally be pleased with either match-up. but I think Barnett’s advanced ground skills could make for a better match-up with Emelianenko than Arlovski’s stand-up strengths.