Top-ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko and contender Josh Barnett have agreed to meet at Affliction’s third event on August 1st at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, according to MMA Fanhouse.
Though bout agreements have not yet been signed, the bout is expected to be finalized and announced in the coming days.
Emelianenko (30-1) was last in action in January at Affliction: Day of Reckoning, defeating Andrei Arlovski via first-round knockout. “The Last Emperor”, whose lone loss came via cut TKO in 2000, also holds notable victories over Tim Sylvia, Matt Lindland, Mark Coleman, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Barnett (24-5), a former UFC heavyweight champion who was stripped of the title and booted from the promotion in 2002 after testing positive for steroids, has won four-straight bouts and 9 of his last 11, including Affliction wins over Pedro Rizzo and Gilbert Yvel.
Additional bouts between Vitor Belfort and Gegard Mousasi as well as Tim Sylvia against Gilbert Yvel or Paul Buentello are also expected to be added to the card.
[Pictured: Fedor Emelianenko]