Through promotional materials on its website, Affliction Entertainment made official Wednesday what had been rumored for quite some time, which is that Fedor Emelianenko will defend his WAMMA heavyweight title against Andrei Arlovski during the promotion’s “Day of Reckoning” event on Jan. 24.
Also announced was the event venue, which will be the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., the site of the promotion’s debut event this past July 19. The event will be televised live on pay-per-view and will be promoted in association with Golden Boy Promotions.
Emelianenko headlined the July event against former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia. The former PRIDE heavyweight champion dropped Sylvia with a punch and then pounced on his grounded opponent, eventually finishing him with a rear naked choke just 36 seconds into the fight.
Arlovski competed on the July 9 card as well, recording a second round knockout over former IFL standout Ben Rothwell. He last competed on Oct. 4 against former IFL heavyweight champion Roy Nelson as a part of a co-promotion between Affliction and EliteXC. The bout, which was televised on CBS courtesy of its Saturday Night Fights telecast, saw Arlovski score a second round knockout over Nelson.
Thus far, Fedor vs. Arlovski is the only bout for Jan. 24 to be confirmed by Affliction.