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Josh Barnett to face Gilbert Yvel at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning”

M-1 Global heavyweight and former PRIDE star Gilbert Yvel has signed a three fight contract with Affliction Entertainment and will be making his debut against Josh Barnett during the promotion’s “Day of Reckoning” event on January 24 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

Officials with M-1 made the official announcement in a press release that was sent out Tuesday morning.

Yvel, 33-12-1, has been competing professionally in MMA since 1997 and is known for being a vicious striker. He is also known for unsportsmanlike conduct and in 2004 he was disqualified for assaulting a referee during a fight against Atte Backman.

The 2004 incident combined with several other instances prompted the Nevada State Athletic Commission to reject Yvel’s license application in anticipation of a scheduled bout vs. Sergei Kharitonov at PRIDE 33. After being denied a license, Yvel was forced to pull off the card.

Despite his history of unprofessional conduct, Yvel has earned a reputation for being a top heavyweight thanks in large part to notable victories over K-1 standout Semmy Schilt, current UFC heavyweight Cheick Kongo, and former PRIDE and UFC veteran Tsuyoshi Kohsaka.

Yvel’s addition to “Day of Reckoning” serves as the third M-1 contracted fighter to be added to the card. Already scheduled to compete from M-1 are Fedor Emelianenko and Kirill Sidelnikov, who will be fighting Andrei Arlovski and Paul Buentello, respectively. was also the first to report over the weekend that Sean Wheelock and Jimmy Smith, the announce team for M-1’s M-1 Challenge, will be serving as the announce team for the pay-per-view telecast.

  • Jeff says:

    In what world is Yvel a “top heavyweight”? His 2-7 PRIDE record? Or his loss to middleweight Minowa?

  • JJ says:

    California is going to sanction this and allow Yvel to fight?

  • Mike Wolfe says:

    I still say that Barnett should fight Arlovski with the winner to fight Fedor. Barnett v. Yvel doesn’t have the interest value of a fight with either Arlovski or Fedor. I don’t understand the thinking on this one.

  • Lincoln says:

    This is ridiculous. What happened to Brett Rogers and Barnett? This fight is a huge waste Barnett will submit Yvel easily, at least it would of been interesting to see Rogers fight a top level fighter. Aside from Fedor and Arlovski I give less than a shit about this event. I don’t think Babalu is even going to be on the card anymore now that the politician is fighting Belfort.

  • Bad Monkey says:

    With money as tight as it is, I don’t see the value in this PPV when there are two good UFC events in the same month. I really would like to see Fedor/Arlovski, but there aren’t enough other good fights to make it worth the $$$$.

  • Stan the Caddy says:

    What a joke of a fight. Coupled with the fact that Yvel is a complete pos. I hope the CSAC denies him a license.

  • jj says:

    well at least this will be a more interesting fight than against brett rogers. at least gilbert yvel is a world class kickboxer, what has brett rogers done other than win against a bunch of people i’ve never heard of? oh yah i forgot rogers is the worst trash talker in the world, at least he’s got that goin for him.

    i want to see barnett chuck yvel with some judo throws!

  • Austin says:

    hell yeah, my man Yvel is back. Maybe he’ll falcon punch Josh Rosenthal this time.


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