Reports have surfaced that the proposed WAMMA heavyweight championship bout between Fedor Emelianenko and number one contender Josh Barnett could take place in June at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
Josh Gross of SI.com went on to say that although a date has not been secured plans are in motion for a battle between the two heavyweights. The bout was set-up over a month ago when both fighters were victorious at Affliction’s last pay-per-view, “Day of Reckoning.” Barnett defeated Gilbert Yvel by third round submission and Emelianenko defeated former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski via round knockout.
Emelianenko who is ranked as the number pound for pound fighter on most pundits lists has defeated everyone who has been thrown in front of him including Tim Sylvia who he defeated in just 36 seconds at the inaugural Affliction pay-per-view last July. The former PRIDE superstar holds notable victories over five former UFC heavyweight champions including Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera, Tim Sylvia, Mark Coleman, Kevin Randleman and Arlovski.
Barnett could be number six as he stands as the youngest UFC heavyweight champion. He captured the title from Randy Couture back in 2002 at the age of 24 but was soon stripped of the title after it was discovered he tested positive for steroids. Barnett (24-5) also fought in the PRIDE organization but for some reason he never challenged Emelianenko. Apparently the two share a close friendship and that may have been a reason these two have yet to meet.