Affliction VP, Tom Atencio has announced Current WAMMA Heavyweight Champion, Fedor Emelianenko has signed a long term deal with the company that will see him fight the winner of the upcoming eliminator bout between Josh Barnett and Andrei Arlovski. The bout would take place on the promotions third event in January or February.
“We’ve just extended our deal with Fedor and we are very happy about that. We absolutely want to put that fight on our third show.” Atencio stated “We are looking at the Arlovski vs. Barnett elimination fight right now with the winner fighting Fedor for sure in January or February.”
A bout in January or February of 2009 raises serious doubts about a potential New Years Eve fight in Japan. Fedor has made it somewhat of a tradition to fight in Japan on the biggest fight night of the year. Fedor has fought every New Years since 2003.