Although the only thing Affliction has confirmed regarding their their third MMA event is that it will once again be held inside the Honda Center in Anaheim, Cali, the heavyweight of all heavyweight scraps has Rumored, and today, WAMMA champ Fedor Emelianenko has officially confirmed his participation in the August 1st extravaganza.
The WAMMA heavyweight king told M-1Global.com about his upcoming fight with Barnett.
“I am always 100 percent involved in the negotiations especially with regards to the Barnett fight,” Emelianenko stated. “We discussed this fight with the whole team (trainers, coaches, management), so as a team we agreed to a fight with Barnett.”
Although Emelianenko’s little bro, Aleksander, was schooled by Barnett back in the day at PrideFC, Fedor feels no added pressure to avenge the Emelianenko name.
“There is no desire for revenge,” Fedor calmly stated. “This is a totally separate fight.”
Emelianenko was the last seen putting former UFC heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski to sleep in the 1stRound of their “Day of Reckoning” tussle. The Russian has been prefect through his last 25 fights, a run spanning over nine years.
Barnett was also victorious on that same January 24th card, however he allowed an under-matched Gilbet Yves to take him deep into the before finally TKO’ing him in the 3rd Round.