After Josh Barnett has recently been pulled from the upcoming “Affliction Trilogy” card on August 1 due to testing positive for steroids, the company has found his unlikely replacement in the form of a Brazilian middleweight known as “The Phenom”.

Fedor Emelianenko is expected to face off with Vitor Belfort in the main event of “Affliction Trilogy”.

The news comes courtesy of a recent report from John Pollock from The Fight Network who received the confirmation of the bout via Belfort’s trainer at Xtreme Couture, Shawn Tompkins.

A shocking twist of events as Belfort was scheduled to fight on the card as a middleweight, facing off with Jorge Santiago.

No news of a new opponent for Santiago has been announced at this time.

Vitor has won his last four straight bouts, three of which have come by knockout, with his last victory coming in the form of a paralyzing first round knockout over the highly regarded Matt Lindland at Affliction: Day of Reckoning in January of this year.