Report: Fedor vs. Barnett likely for July

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.

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  • s00nertp says:

    Please please please make this fight be in NJ.

    It would be the biggest MMA fight in the area, ever.

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  • Bryan Levick says:

    I had heard that there were plans on staging this event at one of Trump’s properties in Atlantic City but with Trump going through some financial difficulties at this time he may have his thoughts elsewhere. I am with you as I am in NY and am dying to see a big show. I went to the Tropicana in November to watch a Ring of Champions show and it was awesome but nothing beats watching one of the larger promotions.

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  • wardog says:

    I think it only makes smart business sense to do a show in the Northeastern area, and Atlantic City is a perfect locale. Especially if they could do a show when you know the UFC is doing one in Vegas. Affliction should know that no matter what the UFC is going to televise something on the night they have their show. Live gate is the key and in the Northeast there is an open market right now. It would appear that they are ignoring an open market right now, and even though Trump may appear to have some financial trouble, he always pulls through. And he’s got the casinos as well. I just think they are missing a golden opportunity. Plus all of the club boys could run around in their shirts!

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