Our good friends over at DreamFighters recently sat down with Michael Lynch, COO of WAMMA; MMA’s first sanctioning body. Below are some of the more interesting excerpts from their conversation.
Lynch On Andrei Arlovski vs. Josh Barnett As A Title Eliminator:
“The main even of Affliction: Day of Reckoning on October 11th will be a WAMMA Heavyweight Elimination Match between Andre Arlovski and Josh Barnett. It will set up a match to fight Fedor (Emelianenko) for the WAMMA Undisputed Heavyweight Championship. Both Andrei and Josh are coming off spectacular victories at Affliction: Banned and the winner of their match-up clearly deserves a title shot. Who can forget Arlovski’s flying knee at Rothwell’s head or Josh’s tremendous knock-out punch to Pedro? There is a saying, “To be the man you have to beat the man.” Without question, Fedor is the man to beat if a fighter wants to lay claim to the title of WAMMA Undisputed Champion. I know Fedor intends on holding onto his WAMMA Championship for a long time. And before Andre or Josh get a shot at Fedor, they’ll have to get past each other on October 11th at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. It will be an incredible night of fights and the entire Affliction: Day of Reckoning card is stacked with some of the best match-ups an MMA fan could want to see. I know Affliction is going first-class on every aspect of this event and they have great partners in Donald Trump, Planet Hollywood and Roy Englebrecht Events. Affliction: Day of Reckoning is not to be missed and WAMMA will be center stage with our Heavyweight Elimination Match.
Lynch On Other WAMMA Title Fights:
WAMMA is not rushing into future title fights. We will evaluate future match-ups based on our independent rankings on a fight-by-fight basis to determine whether they warrant WAMMA championship status. With fighters like Gomi, Lindland, Alvarez, Shields, Hansen, Melendez and Lawler, just to name a few, all signed with forward looking promotions working with WAMMA, look for additional WAMMA Championship fights very soon.
Lynch On GSP vs. Fitch For A WAMMA Title:
“Without question, WAMMA would have very much liked to have a WAMMA Championship on the line between GSP and Fitch. It is a natural fit – the fighters occupy the #1 and #2 WAMMA rankings respectively. However, the UFC is not cooperating with WAMMA at this time and even if we were to award a WAMMA title to the winner, the fighters could not accept them. WAMMA has the utmost respect for the UFC and we hope this situation changes as the UFC is clearly the dominant MMA promotion. Just look at our ranking on www.gowamma.com – Zuffa fighters dominate most weight division. Back to GSP v. Fitch, I personally will be glued to the television Saturday night to watch that fight.”
Click here to read the entire interview with much more from Micheael Lynch.