FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned that Affliction’s main event between Fedor Emelianenko and Tim Sylvia scheduled for the promotion’s inaugural card on July 19 is expected to be contested for a heavyweight title.
This site was first alerted to the possible title component for the bout between Emelianenko and Sylvia after being approached by a source at Affliction’s New York press conference on May 21. A second source then confirmed earlier this week that a heavyweight title will in fact be at stake.
It is still somewhat unclear what title the two will be competing for, as Affliction has stated in the past that it did not have any immediate plans to institute titles. If that is still the case, it creates the possibility of a sanctioning body becoming involved.
The most notable sanctioning organizations currently involved in Mixed Martial Arts are the WKA, USKBA, NABC, and WAMMA. The WKA and USKBA both focus primarily on sanctioning amateur fight cards as well regional professional shows. It is not believed they would be involved with a bout the magnitude of Emelianenko vs. Sylvia unless either organization has undergone a major shift in philosophy.
After speaking with several industry insiders, WAMMA was identified as the most likely organization involved, however, WAMMA Chief Operating Officer Mike Lynch did not return voice mails on Wednesday left by Five Ounces Of Pain when contacted for comment.
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