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Report: Fedor Emelianenko to fight Andrei Arlovski on Jan. 24

WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko’s next fight is now expected to take place on Jan. 24 under the Affliction banner in a bout against former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski.

Ariel Helwani of MMA Rated reported the news earlier today, quoting Affliction Entertainment Vice President Tom Atencio as the source for the story.

A location and venue for the event has yet to be announced. It is also uncertain whether the event will air on pay-per-view or via another platform.

Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions will be involved with the event, however, Helwani is also reporting that due to an inability to secure a significant boxing fight, the card will be an MMA-only promotion.

Emelianenko won the then-vacant WAMMA heavyweight title after submitting former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia via rear naked choke just 36 seconds into their fight during Affliction’s first-ever event in July.

Arlovski was also victorious on the same card, knocking out former IFL standout Ben Rothwell at 1:13 of round 3. He returned last weekend during EliteXC’s “Heat” event that was televised on CBS and recorded another knockout over a former IFL heavyweight, finishing the now-defunct promotion’s first and last heavyweight champion, Roy Nelson.

Arlovski had been originally scheduled to fight Emelianenko this weekend in Las Vegas during Affliction’s ill-fated “Day of Reckoning” event but the match was scrapped due to a lingering hand injury that Fedor had been suffering from. Josh Barnett was moved into the main event in Fedor’s place but the entire card was eventually postponed.

  • Rich says:

    1/24 seems like a poor date to schedule. I’m already buying UFC PPVs on 1/17 and 1/31, certainly not buying 3 weeks in a row. I think that’s going to be the opinion of most like me, in between casual and hardcore.

  • Mike Wolfe says:

    Affliction has a limited number of potential heavy weight match ups, and Fedor is the champ. Imo, Arlovski v. Barnett with the winner to fight Fedor is a better schedule. If Barnett and Arlovski don’t fight until one or both have already lost to Fedor, I’m not sure too as many people will care about that fight.

  • Makea says:

    With Fedor’s hand injury and Arlovski’s poor takedown defense/ground skill, this fight is going to a decision.

  • charles says:

    what the hell does “via another platform” mean internet broadcast? CBS maybe? anyone?

  • Tony Fennen says:

    I no longer pay for UFC events.

    Its acctually cheaper to goto the bar with my buddies and watch the fights there.

    Save my money to see FEDOR cause the bar wont have it for free.

  • fightfan says:

    I hope that UFC trie to mess with them some more……Only means more free shit for the fans. They(UFC) should hold some kind of FREE ticket giveaway on Jan 24. It doesnt necessarily have to be a live event. jsut give away a BUNCH of FREE shit to those who tune into the UFC/SPIKE event. They could make it so you have to stay tuned for the ENTIRE event.

    You just know that the UFC will do something like this SOONER or later, even if it means losing money short term. They could lose a few million and make it back 10 fold in a month or 2. As a fan, I can only hope that Dana sinks this low and attracts possible Affliction viewers by giving away a bunch of free tix, etc, etc

  • Ian says:

    Fedor is going to either mercilessly GNP to a TKO or Armbar Arlovski faster than you can say Mother Russia.

    I’ll still buy the PPV though. :) I loved Afflictions first show, flaws and all, and hope for many more.

    Hopefully Fedor vs. Barnett happens at Affliction III. (Yes, I’m an optimist.)

  • saerbarnet says:

    How the hell is Arlovski vs Barnett and the winner facing Fedor better than Arlovski vs Fedor then the winner facing Barnett better Mike Wolfe?

    Having the best heavyweight in the world in action as much as possible must be better than having a fight about who will face him as a main event.

  • Robert says:

    How can anyone not care about this fight this.This is a huge fight.

  • KTru says:

    1/24 is perfect for Affliction. They dont care it is between 2 UFC events, they are just happy to have a day where UFC does not have an event. Affliction held back waiting for Dana to show his hand and make that decision for their 1/17 show.

    And now watch……..Dana will figure something out to combat this.

    And for that comment about it going to decision….about Fedor having a hand injury….
    1st of all Fedor would not take this fight if he didnt feel his hand would fully heal.
    Fedor will beat AA well before the time limit is up…..

    As I need to note:
    Do not always take my opinions and statements seriously

  • Davey D says:

    This is a good fight to see. It has been a long time coming too. It think it might be a little better if it were in a cage but no big deal. The cool thing about MMA is that you can see various promotion’s on different level’s of broadcast settings a lot more often . Not to mention the internet. The fighting surfaces aren’t always the same, but venues big and small across the globe pack the place to catch a glimpse. Mostly everyone is there for the fight’s and as fans, we want to see it. The UFC does it it best. Everyone else can also play too.

    Fedor will defeat Andrei. I think it’ll end up going 2 rounds. Who knows? Emelianenko has a couple of high profile bout’s out there he can do before going to the UFC. If he does decide to go. I think his first fight there will be against Randy Couture. All the things that are about to unfold will set that fight up to happen before 2010. At least I hope so. Cheers!

  • Rich S. says:

    at least i know this one will last more than half a minute..

  • Joey says:

    Wow, no crazies have predicted Arlovski yet.

    I think whats going to happen is 40 percent of unbiased people are going to pick Fedor by submission. 10 percent will take Arlovski, with decent reasoning. The other 50 percent are going to blindly take Arlovski because they are pride haters and Arlovski was in the UFC.

  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    Please don’t refer to him as WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko like it means something important..
    WAMMA has no credibility.

    We all know Fedor’s the best in the world.
    To call him “WAMMA champion” as his intro seems kinda degrading right now.
    So don’t push it here.

    Oh yes ,Fedor?
    He must be good…because he’s the WAMMA champ.

    How about just- Fedor .
    I’m pretty sure we ain’t gonna get him mixed up with that other Fedor….who AIN’T the WAMMA champ.

  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    I always love how UFC events WILL happen,where as other events MAY happen.

  • DamonO says:

    Tony Fennen

    How much do you spend at the bar with your friends? I bet you could buy a 30 pack and have all of your friends chip in for the event at your house and save a lot of money for everyone in this crunch we are in.

  • Joey says:

    Damon, exactly, a few of us use to go to the bar and watch every UFC for free, it was nice having a free PPV but I would spend at least forty dollars at the bar. It is way cheaper to get four people together, order the PPV and have some cocktails at home. I haven’t watched one at the bar in two years.

  • Why so Serious says:

    This is a better heavy weight matchup than anywhere else in the world can produce right now, No. 1 vs No. 4 in the world (not this pound 4 pound crap). So to not be that interested is to not be interested in the best 5 fighters in the world.
    This fight will not go the distance dispite fedor’s hand injury, he has had this injury for bout 5 yrs.
    And why not call fedor the wamma champ? he is the wamma champ and beat a TWO TIME! UFC champ to get that title. Sure the title is only new but 5 or 6 out of the top 10 ranked HW fighters in the world are going for that title and they have to start with a champ at some stage.
    As for this card PLEASE PLEASE have Tito vs Babalu , Belfort vs Lindland and then throw us a real curve ball by announcing Cung Le vs a big name or Frank Shamrock vs someone. I want to see a real event, not just another event.
    Go Affliction.

  • nate says:


    Andre has serious knockout power & his confidence is coming back. I love Fedor.. but I hope he is ready.

    Win or lose, I want to see Fedor vs Barnett .. (or vs Randy)

  • seth says:

    if the fight happens i see fedor finishing him quick on the floor.after watching his last fight i thought arlovski looked very beatable on the floor. if the guy he just fought could hold him down till the ref stood them up then i think fedor will roll right through him.fedors strength alone on the floor will be too much for arlovski. (yes arlovski will hit the floor) as for how theyre gonna present it and whether your gonna buy it , cmon you know you are its freakin fedor.

  • JunDaSilva says:

    One word to moron “FightFan” Dude quit sucking the UFCs nuts already you know nothing about MMA and probably have a Randy Savage poster taped up to your wall.
    Affiction has came up and has had the balls to actually pay their fighters some serious cash unlike the UFC and everyone knows this and we should care that our money goes to the fighters.
    Dana was too cheap to pay Fedor what he’s worth, thats why he’s crapping in his pants right now trying to talk smack and trying do what he can to stop Affliction. PRIDE was their competion so he bought it and killed it, but he can’t buy every MMA company out there.
    We pay a lot of money for tickets, merchandise and PPVs, why shouldn’t the fighters we love to battle get some real money instead of chump change.
    I hope Affliction is here to stay because they care about the sport and their fighters.

  • dpk says:

    JunDaSilva – Actually, Fedor and his management said that UFC offered them the most money. They just didn’t want to be in an exclusive contract. I think the offer was a $2 million signing bonus, and$1.5 mil per fight.

  • neijia says:

    Arlovski was good at sambo but not multi time world champ good so Fedor has the edge in grappling. Fedor doesn’t get enough credit for his striking. People talk about Arlovski’s boxing like that’s impressive (which it is for – boxing), then they talk about how folks like Machida have karate that frustrates a boxing style. Why don’t we talk about how Fedor’s striking is also similarly frustrating? Both Sylvia and Big Nog supposedly have great boxing, which Fedor nullified easily (Sylvia match didn’t really show it enough – the Nog fights were better examples). Only chance Arlovski really has is a “puncher’s chance” of Fedor “getting caught”. Still, always good to see Fedor fight. I am slightly more interested to see if Couture can actually survive Lesnar’s brutal gnp and if Mir can hang with Nog.

  • patrickgamil says:

    i do think barnett is a tougher fight for fedor.
    although i think arlovski would be tough for barnett.

    rock paper scissors

  • patrickgamil says:

    better than brock couture for sure

  • FedorIsANoob says:

    Fedor isn’t the best in the world.
    Let’s see him go up against randy couture and get dominated!


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