Affliction 2: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Andrei Arlovski Confirmed, Tito Ortiz vs. Babalu Sobral Possible
Affliction: "Banned" featured many of the best heavyweight mixed martial arts fighters in the world. The debut show for Affliction brought in a little below 15,000 fans, producing a live gait of 2.1 million dollars. Not only did Affliction do well at the Honda Center in Anaheim, but Vice President Tom Atencio assures that that there were more or less than 100,000 pay per view sales.
Atencio wants to change things up a bit for the upcoming Affliction 2 card event, which is scheduled for October 11th, "I’m going to make some adjustments in the next fight, and we’ll take it from there…If we want this to be a viable business, we have to make some changes."
Affliction 2 expects to have Fedor "The Last Emperor" Emelianenko vs. Andrei "The Pitbull" Arlovski as the main event. Fedor will be defending the WAMMA heavyweight title against the former UFC heavyweight champion Arlovski. Arlovski is coming off a knockout win over Ben Rothwell, while Fedor stunned MMA fans around the world with a quick victory over the former UFC heavyweight champ Tim Sylvia.
Also on the card is the possible bout between free agent Tito Ortiz and Renato "Babalu" Sobral. Ortiz has not yet finalized a contract with Affliction nor has he signed to fight Babalu. However, a deal is relatively close according to Tom Atencio:
"[Signing Ortiz] is definitely not a priority, but it is something that when he’s finished with his contract — I know [the UFC] has a negotiation period and some kind of a grace period — when he’s done with that, we can talk to him If that’s a fight that seems financially viable, then absolutely. It’s going to come down to dollars and cents, and it’s going to come down to if it works for us."
It has been known that Ortiz detests Dana White and everything about him, which means that he would never go back to the UFC. Therefore, it would not be a surprise to see Ortiz signing with an organization that looks to have great potential. When Babalu was asked about his next opponent at the Affliction 2 card, he seemed to hint the Huntington Beach Bad Boy:
"I’m looking for [a] guy," Sobral said. "Wait for the name. It’s coming. I think (Affliction Vice President) Tom (Atencio) is going to bring a name for me. And I’ll be here to kick his ass…That’s my dream fight"
UFC welterweight Mike Swick was recently interviewed by the guys over at chron.com. Swick talks about Jake Shields’ performance from this weekend’s EliteXC: ‘Lawler vs. Smith 2’ event. He also discusses his thoughts on the UFC 87 bout between GSP and Jon Fitch. Fitch is very close from setting a UFC record, which means that can be the first fighter to win 9 consecutive bouts in the UFC.
Here’s what Swick had to say:
James "The Sandman" Irvin fought the unstoppable Anderson "The Spider" Silva at UFC Fight Night 14 on July 19th at the Pearl, in Nevada. Not only did he lose to Silva via KO-punches in the first round, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) released some more bad news for the native from Huntington Beach, California.
The NSAC released several results after a urinalysis test that was conducted by all fighters that participated in the UFC Fight Night 14 event. Although every fighter tested negative for steroids, James Irvin stood out for testing positive for Oxymorphone and Methadone. Irvin was recuperating from a broken foot prior to his fight with Anderson Silva. After dropping out of his last fight against Rashad Evans for UFC 85: Bedlam, it is believed that he was using these painkillers so that he wouldn’t cancel another fight.
Irvin had a back to back streak going, defeating Luis Cane by disqualification at UFC 79: Nemesis and then knocking out Houston Alexander at UFC Fight Night 13 in just 8 seconds. The NSAC will most likely be giving Irvin both suspension time and a fine. The Sandman has a few weeks appeal the results…We’ll keep you guys posted.
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The UFC recently announced a pretty nice light heavyweight match-up coming up at UFC 89. Brandon "The Truth" Vera, who recently went down from heavyweight and into the light heavyweight division, will be looking to take on the very tough Keith "The Dean of Mean" Jardine. The UFC 89 event is scheduled to take place on October 18th at the National Indoor Arena in London, England.
After a one-year absence, Brandon Vera made his return to the heavyweight division. Vera didn’t start well at all, losing to Fabricio Werdum and then to Tim Sylvia. Vera then decided to move down in weight and made his 205-pound debut against Reese Andy at UFC Fight Night 14. Vera’s transition came out to be pretty smooth as he defeated Andy via a unanimous decision. Now, he’ll be put to the test against the man who defeated Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell back at UFC 76.
Keith Jardine is very well-known for his awkward, yet effective style of fighting. The heavy-handed striker has even pulled out a TKO win over the current light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin. Jardine will be looking forward to this upcoming fight as he is coming off a knockout loss to Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva.
Both fighters are hungry for a win as they look to stand out in what looks to be the UFC’s most competitive division. UFC 89 will be headlining Michael Bisping vs. Chris Leben as the main event and Spike TV will have the official broadcast (tape-delay) for FREE that evening.