Top-ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, whose original Affliction: Trilogy opponent Josh Barnett recently tested positive for steroids and was removed from the contest, took part in a press conference on Thursday in Moscow where he commented on the news:
“I feel disappointed about this situation. But I will fight anyone who Affliction puts in front of me. I know a lot of fans waited for this fight to happen and I am sorry for them. I can’t do much about it now but I am in good shape, my training has been good and continues to go well.”
Though he’s open to fighting anyone, M-1 Global’s Vadim Finkelchtein made it clear that they’d prefer a fight with heavyweight Brett Rogers, who is coming off a knockout of Andrei Arlovski, but would also accept a matchup with middleweight Vitor Belfort.
A replacement opponent is expected to be announced by the end of the day.