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Fedor Wants NYE Fight, Atencio Says No

At yesterday’s DREAM.6 event in Japan, Fedor Emelianenkno jumped into the ring to speak in between fights. Emelianenko told the Japanese crowd that he would like to fight at the next DREAM event, which would take place on New Year’s Eve. He has fought in the last five New Year’s Eve cards in Japan going back to his days in PRIDE.

Affliction Entertainment VP, Tom Atencio, quickly responded to Emelianenko’s comments by saying, “Fedor was supposed to fight for them on New Year’s Eve, but he is not because we extended his contract.”

It is widely believed that Affliction’s postponement of “Day of Reckoning” was two-fold, ticket sales were slow and they wanted Fedor Emelianenko on the card. If Fedor were to fight on New Year’s Eve in Japan, it would most certainly hurt his chances of fighting on Affliction’s second card.

“Our next show will definitely be the 1st quarter of 2009 in January, possibly February. Nothing is confirmed though.” Atencio clarified.