Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Fedor Emelianenko Will Fight on New January Affliction 2 Card. Tito Ortiz A Possible Opponent?

My speculation of Russian heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko possibly fighting on the rescheduled Affliction 2 "Day of Reckoning" has been confirmed by Affliction COO Michael Cohen. Cohen talked to NBC Sports about the development.

Affliction COO Michael Cohen told that the company is expecting to run the show in January, and that they would also make a major announcement in the next two weeks that would “change the dynamics of mixed martials arts. Not just nationally, but globally.”

The October event was initially expected to feature a main event with current WAMMA champ Fedor Emelianenko against Arlovski, but the former broke his hand in defeating Tim Sylvia and would not have been ready in time for October, necessitating an opponent switch.

Cohen said that Emelianenko will fight on the new January card, but an opponent has not yet been decided.

“It is to be determined,” he said. “We are considering changing the combatants. We have not finalized that at this time. That is as a result of the issues to be revealed at the announcement.”

Some are speculating that a Fedor vs. Tito Ortiz fight could be the big announcement, but I would lean towards just the Tito signing or possibly a merger with another promotion.


G-Off said...

There would be absolutely no point in Ortiz vs. Fedor. Tito couldn't beat Machida or Rashad, how is he going to be the best in a weight class above his own?

Anonymous said...

I agree with g-off, not only that, but what an insult. Tito is in no way deserving of a title shot, especially since his last win was in 2006 against an over-the-hill Ken Shamrock, his last three fights have been 2 losses and a draw, and he hasn't fought ANYONE in the heavyweight division.

tylr said...

Tito doesn't deserve it, but I'd sure like to watch him get dropped by Fedor.

Anonymous said...

Tito vs Fedor bad fight. After Fedor beats Tito down in less than a minute, people will laught at Fedor for beating on low ass competition. Please Tito against babalu is even matched but not against Fedor. Even though Tito is popular the fight would not be taken seriously. Rather fead that Japonese judo champion to Fedor.

Anonymous said...

I don't think "deserve" has anything to do with it. Albeit true, Affliction need a "name" headliner to start making some money. And lets face it, Tito is more popular in America than Fedor. Tito does put ass's in the seats.

Anonymous said...

soo, whats the catch? does tito get a sword or something?