Yesterday Josh Barnett was quick to comment that he never turned down the CBS fight with Andrei Arlovski. Now we know why, Affliction Entertainment VP Tom Atencio told SI.com, “he was offered the fight, I couldn’t get a hold of him. He was out of the country.”
That allowed Roy Nelson to slip in the back door and basically be in line to fight the WAMMA heavyweight champion, Fedor Emelianenko.
“It’s a good matchup either way, but now it makes it so that the winner of this fight is in contention to fight Fedor.” Atencio continued.
Even though Affliction has their own event to be concerned with for sometime in January, all of their attention is currently focused on October 4th to help “brand” their clothing line according to Atencio.