Affliction partner M-1 Global on Saturday issued its first statement on the cancellation of Affliction: Trilogy, apologizing to fans who planned to attend or watch the event and saying that the decision to cancel the card was made without “warning or prior notice”.
Fedor Emelianenko, the world’s top-ranked heavyweight who was set to headline the event prior to its cancellation, along with 34 others were en route from Russia to Anaheim, California when they learned of the sudden cancellation of the event after arriving at the airport.
Emelianenko was said to be “ready, willing, and able” to compete against anyone Affliction secured for the main event, after original opponent Josh Barnett failed to be licensed for the bout after testing positive for steroids.
“M-1 Global understands and shares the disappointment being expressed by many fans that Fedor will not be able to compete on Aug. 1 as scheduled,” read the statement. “However, we will work to ensure that Fedor returns to active competition as soon as possible.”
M-1 Global will launch its new “Breakthrough” fight series on August 28 in Los Angeles with an event co-headlined by “King” Mo Lawal vs. Don Frye and Karl Amoussou vs. Nick Thompson, and asked fans planning to attend “Trilogy” to instead support its upcoming card.
Statements from Fedor and M-1 Global Owner and President Vadim Finkelchtein will be released soon.
[Pictured: Fedor Emelianenko]