WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko’s next fight is now expected to take place on Jan. 24 under the Affliction banner in a bout against former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski.
Ariel Helwani of MMA Rated reported the news earlier today, quoting Affliction Entertainment Vice President Tom Atencio as the source for the story.
A location and venue for the event has yet to be announced. It is also uncertain whether the event will air on pay-per-view or via another platform.
Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions will be involved with the event, however, Helwani is also reporting that due to an inability to secure a significant boxing fight, the card will be an MMA-only promotion.
Emelianenko won the then-vacant WAMMA heavyweight title after submitting former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia via rear naked choke just 36 seconds into their fight during Affliction’s first-ever event in July.
Arlovski was also victorious on the same card, knocking out former IFL standout Ben Rothwell at 1:13 of round 3. He returned last weekend during EliteXC’s “Heat” event that was televised on CBS and recorded another knockout over a former IFL heavyweight, finishing the now-defunct promotion’s first and last heavyweight champion, Roy Nelson.
Arlovski had been originally scheduled to fight Emelianenko this weekend in Las Vegas during Affliction’s ill-fated “Day of Reckoning” event but the match was scrapped due to a lingering hand injury that Fedor had been suffering from. Josh Barnett was moved into the main event in Fedor’s place but the entire card was eventually postponed.