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Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” takes shape with confirmation of Buentello vs. “Baby Fedor”

A heavyweight attraction between former UFC title challenger Paul Buentello and Russian prodigy Kiril Sidelnikov is now set for the undercard of Affliction’sDay of Reckoning” event on Jan. 24, according to a report by’s Josh Gross.

The fight will be a part of HDNet’s telecast of the event’s undercard, which will be anchored by a light heavyweight bout between Vladimir Matyushenko and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

The addition of Sidelnikov is intriguing because he is one of the world’s top fighters under the age of 21 and his fight with Buentello will mark the first time the young Russian has competed on U.S. soil.

Nicknamed “Baby Fedor” by his mentors with the Russian Red Devil fight team, Sidelnikov is 4-2 in his young career. The 20-year old is considered a prodigy and a potential successor to Emelianenko as Russia’s top heavyweight fighter.

Competing exclusively for Vadim Finkelstein’s M-1 promotion, Sidelnikov is considered a dangerous puncher with all four of his victories having been stopped in the first round. His most recent bout took place in September during an M-1 Challenge event in the United Kingom, where he was victorious against James Jack.

Buentello is 26-10 in an MMA career that dates back to 1997. In addition to having competed for the UFC, Buentello has also fought for Strikeforce. He holds notable wins over David “Tank” Abbott, Justin Eilers, and Mike Kyle. His most recent fight was a unanimous decision victory over Gary Goodridge during Affliction’s debut event this past July.

The reporting of the Buentello vs. Sidelnikov brings the “Day of Reckoning” card into greater focus, with a tentative lineup appearing as follows:

  • Fedor Emelianenko vs. Andrei Arlovski (officially announced)
  • Josh Barnett vs. TBA (Barnett is being featured in advertisements)
  • Matt Lindland vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral (officially reported)
  • Chris Horodecki vs. Dan Lauzon (rumored)
  • Jay Hieron vs. Jason High (officially reported)
  • Vitor Belfort vs. TBA (officially reported)
  • Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Vladimir Matyushenko (officially reported for the undercard)
  • Paul Buentello vs. Kiril Sidelnikov (officially reported for the undercard)
  • gabe says:

    looks like some good fights. definately representing eastern europe. any chance of fedors bro fighting maybe barnett?

  • hindsightufuk says:

    look forward to seeing babalu and linland fight

    what happened to pedro rizzo? i thought he was due to fight someone?

  • Ian says:


    If memory serves, Aleksander will never be able to fight in the U.S. because of the same undisclosed health reason that prevented him from fighting on the last card.

  • HexRei says:

    Ian, nope. HepC turned out to be a rumor, he simply didn’t get his medicals in on time. Or so the latest reports read, released some weeks after the show happened.

  • Powers says:

    holy fuck. kiril sidelnikov is on my top 15 fighter list. This kid is going to change it up. I’ve been saying he needs to come over to the US for a while. Put this MF on TUF to fight Kimbo. Sidelnikov would win.

  • gabe says:

    yes, i had heard it was a time thing as well for Aleks, but he has not fought in US since then so we shall see.

  • Ian says:


    As far as I know that’s the Aleks camp version of what happened. The commission that was behind the decision stated publicly that while they can’t reveal the exact cause of the issue because of privacy concerns, Aleks permanently lost his ability to fight in the U.S.

    I’ll do some more digging and see what I can find.

  • Biggmoney21 says:

    If I remember correctly, doesn’t Aleks have a swastika tattoo? Wasn’t there another guy about a year ago with another promotion that had a swastika tattoo. The guy was much less known but the tattoo turned into a huge deal. Why doesn’t anybody talk about Aleks’ tattoo (unless he’s had it removed??) ? How would that fly on an Affliction pay-per-view? Does anybody know anything about this?

  • HexRei says:

    People don’t talk about it because he doesn’t have one. He has some tattoos with questionable meaning but no swastikas.

    His tattoos are listed in his wikipedia entry:

  • Lucas says:

    Wiki, says on the page itself that the star on his knees have a swastica in the middle (also click on the link referenced at number 6 and it will show you a close up picture of the knee).

  • Justin Van Hook says:

    SWEET! Sidenilkov is a good fighter and Buentello is a solid test to see if he can make a step up in competition. I’m hoping they can still swing something to get Gegard Mousasi into that fight with Belfort, I would buy a ppv for that fight alone.
    Plus Lindland and Babalu, this is shaping up to be a much better card than the first Affliction and I loved theat one.


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