Fedor Emelianenko vs. Andrei Arlovski to headline Oct. 11 Affliction show
Longtime PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko (28-1) and former UFC heavyweight title-holder Andrei Arlovski (13-5) — the biggest winners and clear-cut fan favorites at this past weekend’s “Affliction: Banned” event — will headline the rookie organization’s next show on Oct. 11.
Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports was the first to confirm the date and heavyweight main event.
As we previously reported, a Nov. 8 date and Atlantic City location had been under consideration, but instead, Affliction will head to Las Vegas for a show at the Thomas & Mack Center on the UNLV campus.
Formal announcement of the show is expected on Tuesday, according to Yahoo! Sports.
During this past weekend’s event, Atencio never tipped his hand about a possible trip to Las Vegas when asked about a second event.
“When? The beginning of November,” Atencio said. “Where? We haven’t finalized that yet. We’re still looking at a couple different locations.”
It’ll now be Las Vegas, which is home to the world’s top mixed-martial-arts promotion, the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Affliction debuted July 19 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., with “Banned,” an event that drew 14,832 attendees for a live gate of $2.1 million (though Affliction purchased $500,000 worth of the tickets).
On Wednesday, Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the debut event garnered “well over” 100,000 pay-per-view buys, which if true, would be a major accomplishment for a non-UFC promotion.
However, given a hefty fighter payroll of more than $3.3 million, Atencio said things will be toned down for the second show.
“I’m going to make some adjustments in the next fight, and we’ll take it from there,” Atencio said. “If we want this to be a viable business, we have to make some changes.”
At “Banned” Emelianenko scored his biggest win in three years with a 36-second drubbing of Tim Sylvia. Arlovski, meanwhile, needed nearly three rounds to score a stunning KO a resilient Ben Rothwell.