What has been whispered around for the past few days has finally been confirmed by a generally reputable source: Aleksander Emelianenko was removed from the Affliction card because he’s got Hep B.
The tests were positive for Hepatitis B which resulted in the CSAC cancelling the fight. Hep B is the result of transmission from exposure to infectious blood or body fluids containing blood. Possible forms of transmission include (but are not limited to) unprotected sexual contact, blood transfusions, re-use of contaminated needles & syringes, and vertical transmission from mother to child during childbirth.
A positive Hepatitis B test is no laughing matter and this could spell the end of Aleks’ fighting career as many of the people close to the situation pointed out. I can’t imagine many fighters willing to step up to fight Aleks with the possibility of catching the disease. He most definitely will not fight in the United States again and it will be interesting to see if this positive test results in organizations from all over the world black listing the brother of heavyweigh king, Fedor Emelianenko.
While not as serious as Hep C, Hep B still sucks enough that there is no way in hell Aleks will ever fight for a sanctioned / reputable event again if this is true. So why the silence and claims that the problem was ‘non-medical’? They’re probably waiting for the results of a second set of tests. Ya know, so the word doesn’t get out and potentially ruin Aleks’ career before they know for 100% sure that it’s true? That was a nice plan while it lasted.