Fedor Emelianenko to address the media during Wednesday press conference in Anaheim

Anaheim, Calif. – Ever since Affliction announced late last week that its “Trilogy” event scheduled for Aug. 1 had been canceled, the combat sports world collectively has waited for an official response from former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko.

On Wednesday at 1 p.m. PT inside the DoubleTree Hotel in Anaheim, Calif., Emelianenko will address the media for the first time since last week’s sudden cancellation. During the press conference, Emelianenko will discuss the ramifications of the cancellation, comment on his future in the fight game, and respond to questions from members of the media.

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Gomi vs. Oliveira completes Affliction PPV card

SEAL BEACH, California (July 6, 2009)—Japanese combat fighting superstar Takanori “The Fireball Kid” Gomi has been added to the Affliction M-1 Global’s locked-and-loaded “Trilogy” card against upset-minded Rafaello “Tractor” Oliveira, completing the five-fight Pay-Per-View event, live August 1 from the Honda Center in Anaheim.

The premier heavyweight mixed martial arts fighter in the universe, Russian icon Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko (30-1-0), defends his WAMMA heavyweight title against No. 1 contender, Josh “The Babyfaced Assassin” Barnett (24-5-0), in the special main event.

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Belfort and Santiago to meet at “Affliction: Trilogy”

According to a report from fellow mixed martial arts news website MMA Weekly, former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Vitor Belfort (18-8) will meet current Sengoku Middleweight Champion Jorge Santiago (21-7) on August 1st in an “Affliction: Trilogy” middleweight showdown.

Originally, Belfort was rumored to fight Gegard Mousasi (25-2-1), but the fight fell through when Mousasi’s camp announced he could no longer make the middleweight division’s 185-pound limit and Belfort did not want to move up to a higher weight class. Mousasi is now expected to fight Renato “Babalu” Sobral (32-8) in a light heavyweight bout on the same card.

In his last few fights Belfort has looked similar to the Vitor fans were used to seeing when he tore through the UFC in the mid to late nineties earning the nickname “The Phenom”. In his last fight he walked through top five middleweight Matt “The Law” Lindland (21-6) in just 37 seconds at “Affliction: Day of Reckoning” this past January.

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Gegard Mousasi confirms rumor to fight Vitor Belfort at Affliction on August 1

Currently ranked number two middleweight in the world Gegard Mousasi improved his win streak to twelve by submitting PRIDE veteran Mark Hunt in the first round of DREAM.9’s “Super Hulk” tournament on Tuesday May 26th in Yokohama, Japan.

Mousasi’s strategy coming into the fight worked perfectly. “I didn’t want to trade with him,” he confirmed. “My gameplan was to force a takedown by punching.” Mousasi will advance to the semi-finals of the “Super Hulk” tournament where he will face either Ikuhisa Minowa, Hong Man Choi, or Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou who all walked away with victories on Tuesday.

In a post-fight interview Mousasi was asked to address rumors that he will be fighting former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Vitor Belfort for Affliction on August 1st. Mousasi confirmed the rumors as being true, “Yes, those [rumors] are true and I will be fighting Vitor Belfort.” There is no word yet on what weight class the fight will take place but speculation is it could be at light heavyweight as opposed to middleweight.

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FEDOR: Road to Reckoning – Saturday

Here is Jerry Millen’s final video blog for Affliction: Day of Reckoning. This video is from the day of the fights on Saturday, January 24th in Anaheim, California as cameras shadow WAMMA Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko as he prepares for his fight with Andre Arlovski.

AFFLICTION M-1 “DAY OF RECKONING” fighters gather in Hollywood on Wednesday for final press conference

Los Angeles, CA (Jan 21, 2009) – WAMMA Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko and former UFC Heavyweight Championship Andrei Arlovski, along with Affliction Entertainment, M-1 Global and Golden Boy Promotions gathered at the House of Blues today in Hollywood, Calif., for the final press conference and spoke about this Saturday’s Affliction M-1 “Day of Reckoning” pay-per-view event.

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AFFLICTION: DAY OF RECKONING goes off this Saturday, Jan. 24

Affliction returns to Anaheim, California this Saturday, January 24th for “Day of Reckoning” featuring perhaps the most anticipated bout in MMA history as current World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts (WAMMA) Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko defends his belt against former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski.

Also on the card at heavyweight is Josh “Babyface Assassin” Barnett who takes on Gilbert Yvel. In a light-heavyweight match, current Strikeforce Champion Renato “Babalu” Sobral takes on Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou. Matt Lindland will face former UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Vitor Belfort at middleweight.

Headlining the undercard, which will be broadcast on HDNet Fights, the last IFL Light-Heavyweight Champion Vladimir Matyushenko will take on PRIDE veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. The main card will air on Pay-Per-View starting at 9pm ET/6pm PT. Here’s the full fight card:

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Arlovski 360: On the Road to Reckoning – episode 5 (Arlovski vs. Fedor)

Episode 5: As the Day of Reckoning approaches, Andrei Arlovski’s training reaches “The Boiling Point.” The weeks of preparation come to a pinnacle as he prepares for one of the most anticipated heavyweight bout in MMA history, Andrei Arlovski vs. Fedor Emelianenko.

PRO MMA Exclusive, part 2: Joe Lauzon

On Tuesday, we brought you the first part of a two part PRO MMA exclusive interview with Joe Lauzon. In the second part, Joe discusses his younger brother Dan’s upcoming fight. Dan takes on Chris Horodecki at Affliction 2: Day of Reckoning on January 24th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Joe talks about what it is like to train side by side with his brother, what goes through his mind watching Dan fight and his prediction on the lone lightweight contest on “Day of Reckoning’s” main card.

PRO MMA: Your brother Dan has a bout coming up against Chris Horodecki next weekend. Dan has been on a seven fight win streak and none of those wins went to the cards. How do you think he will look in this bout?
Lauzon: I think my brother is way too big for Horodecki. I think my brother is going to go out there and own him. My brother is, first of all, enormous for the weight. He’s got great boxing and is as tough as they come. He’s got great Jiu-Jitsu, great wrestling. I think it is my brother’s fight to win.

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by: Jack Bratcher Ok if you had the choice between paying about forty dollars to watch some high-quality MMA fights on pay-per-view from a brand new and unproven, mostly unknown promotion or watching a free high-quality UFC event free on Spike TV what do you think the average person will do? As if Affliction didn’t already have a big enough challenge getting people to buy this pay-per-view, their potential veiwership could really take a beating if the UFC does give … Read more