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More details on the card that’s ‘not happening’

I’m here to report that Bloody Elbow is reporting that MMA Mania is reporting that the card for the Affliction fuck-over event (dubbed UFC Fight Night 14) is shaping up:

Main event:
205 lbs: Anderson Silva (21-4) vs. James Irvin (14-4)

Under card:
205 lbs.: Brandon Vera (8-2) vs. Reese Andy (7-1)
155 lbs.: Frank Edgar (8-1) vs. Hermes Franca (18-6)
265 lbs.: Cain Velasquez (3-0) vs. Jake O’Brien (10-1)
170 lbs.: Anthony Johnson (5-1) vs. Kevin Burns (6-1)

Note Brandon Vera at 205. Many people are talking about how hard it’ll be for him to hit this in time for the show, but Vera turned up in the UK with a bread basket, muffin top, and … well, you know. Insert various other assorted grain and pastry references here to imply that Brandon was looking chubbo instead of cutto.

Also worth noting is the (reported, since none of this is official yet) return of Jake “Blanket” O’Brien, who got the toss after failing to assassinate Andrei Arlovski’s marketability via brutal lay’n’pray. You probably haven’t seen his opponent, Cain Velasquez, yet, but do yourself a favor and check out his UFC 83 prelim fight. He’s another promising heavyweight and I look forward to seeing him whup Blanket’s ass.

Last but not least, they’ve got Anthony Johnson back against Kevin Burns. I was impressed at Burns’ ability to finish Roan Carniero but I doubt he’ll survive the beatdown that Johnson dishes out every time he fights.

So is this enough to make me watch the UFC over Affliction? Well, I’m kinda stuck here … unless Affliction sorts something out where I can watch their event over the internet, I can’t watch it live. So the decision has pretty much already been made up for me. Besides, Sylvia over Anderson Silva? That’s like picking the abstinent fat chick over the smoking hot DVDA porn star!

  • Fightlinker Jackal

    If cards like this are going to shape up when half decent competition is in existence… then PLEASE PLEAAAAAAAAASE keep it coming.

  • Jemaleddin

    I love watching the various Dana-hating members of the MMA blogo-media scrambling to find something negative to say about this whole July 19th affair: “Ultimate Fight Night 14: Maybe TOO good for the fans?”

  • jdydog

    This is Fedor vs. A. Silva. That’s the decision for viewers. Tim Silvia is not the draw that Dana is trying to squash.

    For my money, I wanna see Fedor. It’ll probably go like Hong Man Choi fight or maybe like the Randy/Silvia fight, but it will be a better contest than Anderson tooling a Irvin.

  • Fightlinker Jackal

    Not sure if I would rather watch Fedor fight live or Anderson Silva… I would have to say Fedor.

  • MarleyMarl

    lol, I think Affliction will be setting up a torrent for me ;O

  • MMAStation

    I’m just gonna dvr this shit. I think I am getting a press pass for the affliction show, and if not I might just have to buy a ticket since its only 30-40 minute drive for me.

  • Steve

    In regards to Velasquez versus O’Brien, don’t sleep on JOB. I know that the cool thing to do is hate on him and call him names like “blanket” and “O’Boring”, but his background is not all that different from Velasquez and he has a huge edge in experience.

    Take a look at O’Brien’s pre-UFC record and you will find that he was 6-0 with all 6 fights ending via (T)KO in the first round. It looks pretty damn similar to Velasquez’s pre-UFC record of 2-0 with both wins being firrst round TKOs. Both guys also got their UFC careers started off with a stoppage win over a fellow UFC newcomer. The difference between the two guys is fairly minimal.

    While I think Velasquez deserves to be the favorite, I will not be the least bit surprised if O’Brien wins this fight. If JOB gets good odds I will definitely be putting some money on him.

  • fightlinker

    Heh, we invented hating on Jake O’Brien. I always found it interesting that he was a KO king in the amateurs but turned into a total lay n prayer in the UFC. but anyone can knock out a few fools in smaller leagues. Cain has already proven he’s willing and able to perform

  • Steve

    “Cain has already proven he’s willing and able to perform”

    He has?

    He finished a UFC rookie in his first UFC fight … just like O’Brien did. JOB’s problems came once he started getting matched up with studs like Herring and AA. We have yet to see how Velasquez performs once he is matched up with a grizzled Pride/UFC veteran.

    I hope Cain is the real deal, lord knows the UFC HW division could use a new star, but we won’t know for sure until he starts fighting elite fighters.

  • fightlinker

    Okay, correction: Cain hasn’t spent his last few fights lay n praying like O’Blanket has. And Josh Shockman wasn’t a stud :-p