While everyone else in the MMA scene is quietly (or not so quietly) holding their breath to see if Affliction kicks the bucket right before or directly after their second show, MMA Junkie has this positive outlook:
Josh Barnett (23-5) is a victory away from putting friendship aside to fight Fedor Emelianenko (28-1).
A bout between the two heavyweight stalwarts is one that longtime MMA fans have been clamoring about for ages. While Emelianenko and Barnett toiled alongside one another for more than two years in PRIDE, their paths never crossed in the ring.
With both fighters now affiliated with Affliction, a meeting is certain, provided the two combatants check their respective boxes at “Affliction: Day of Reckoning” on Jan. 24 in Anaheim, Calif. Emelianenko headlines against former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski. Barnett faces MMA bad boy Gilbert Yvel and realizes the time is drawing near to face his Russian friend.
Yeeeeaaaaaah no. Considering the word floating around is that Affliction hasn’t managed to break 2000 tickets sold, I’m betting that we ain’t gonna see that fight happening in Affliction. And if it doesn’t happen in Affliction, where is it gonna happen? I suppose it could happen over in Japan, but my bet is FEG promoters would end up slotting him against Kinnikuman or something equally retarded to justify his salary and pop flaccid ratings.
So it seems like once again we’re not going to get to see Fedor fighting the guy who poses the biggest threat to him. What about Arlovski? What about him??? I know his pulverising of those two big fat IFL dudes has made most of you forget about his sketchy chin and even sketchier ground game. But I still remember. And while I also remember that Josh Barnett spazzes out whenever he get hit, I think he has a better overall chance of beating Fedor because he’s got the grappling acumen to hang with the Last Emperor on the ground.
But hey, what’s the point of debating all this? It’s not like the fight is going to happen in the foreseeable future.