Affliction Entertainment will make MMA history with the greatest line-up of mixed-martial-arts fights ever presented in one night. Live on July 19th, from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, â€œAffliction Bannedâ€ will showcase talent from around the world in the fastest growing sport on earth.
The superstar-studded card is so stacked with talent that it had to be separated into two live shows produced for broadcast. The nightâ€™s activities will kick off with a one-hour, free live telecast on FSN (Fox Sports Net) starting at 5 PM Pacific (8 PM/ET), dubbed â€œAffliction Live.â€ Following that is â€œAffliction Bannedâ€â€”five incredible fights on pay-per-view starting at 6 PM/PT (9 PM/ET) via iN DEMAND, TVN, Shaw Communications, Viewers Choice Canada, DirecTV, DISH Network, Bell ExpressVue and Star Choice in the United States and Canada for a suggested retail price of $39.95.
Kicking off the night with â€œAffliction Liveâ€ on FSN is the highly anticipated US debut of Russian heavyweight Aleksander Emelianenko (13-3), brother of Fedor Emelianenko, against tough Texan brawler Paul â€œThe Headhunterâ€ Buentello (23-10), of Amarillo, and Brazilian strongman, Antonio Rogerio â€œMinotoroâ€ Nogueira (13-3) against veteran Vernon â€œTigerâ€ White (26-32-2), fighting out of Palo Alto, California.
Then, live on pay-per-view, â€œAffliction Bannedâ€ features the much-anticipated return of the former undisputed PRIDE heavyweight champion and Russian M-1 legend Fedor â€œThe Last Emperorâ€ Emelianenko (27-1), who takes on former 2-time UFC heavyweight title-holder Tim â€œThe Maine-iacâ€ Sylvia (24-4), fighting out of Iowa by way of his native Maine, in the main event.
The co-feature of the night will match Former UFC heavyweight title-holder Andrei â€œThe Pitbullâ€ Arlovski (12-5), fighting out of Chicago by way of Belarus, facing IFL titlist â€œBigâ€ Ben Rothwell (29-5) of Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The PPV action continues with three more super showdowns as Josh â€œThe Baby Faced Assassinâ€ Barnett (21-5) of Seattle, faces off stateside for the first time in two years in a grudge match against the only opponent to ever knock him outâ€”Brazilian strongman Pedro â€œThe Rockâ€ Rizzo (16-7); three-time All-American wrestler Mike Whitehead (20-5) of Salt Lake City battles Brazilian sensation Renato â€œBabaluâ€ Sobral (29-7) of Costa Mesa, California; and 2000 Olympic Wrestling Silver Medalist and Oregon House of Representative candidate, Matt â€œThe Lawâ€ Lindland (20-5) meets Brazilian favorite Fabio â€œNegaoâ€ Nascimento (8-3).
Finally, for the thousands in attendance at the Honda Center, the off television swing bouts will fill out an exciting night of action as light-heavyweights Terry Martin (16-4) of Chicago vs. Victor â€œThe Phenomâ€ Belfort (16-8) from Brazil, and Justin Levens (9-8) of Laguna Niguel (CA) vs. unbeaten San Diego prospect Patrick Speight (6-0); welterweight JJ Ambrose (9-1) of Lakewood (CA) vs. Mike â€œQuicksandâ€ Pyle (15-5-1) of Las Vegas; and lightweight Savant Young (8-7) of Lakewood (CA) vs. Mark â€œThe Machineâ€ Hominick (15-8), representing Ontario, Canada.
Tickets for â€œAffliction Bannedâ€ range between $50.00 and $1,000.00, and are on sale at the Honda Center Box Office and also online at Ticketmaster.com.