Itâ€™s only appropriate that the greatest show in mixed-martial-arts history, â€œAffliction Banned,â€ has already set an MMA worldwide media interest record for a single event. The star studded pay-per-view, featuring the WAMMA heavyweight championship fight between the most dominating, lethal MMA heavyweight of all-time, Russian M1 legend Fedor â€œThe Last Emperorâ€ Emelianenko (27-1), and former UFC heavyweight champion Tim â€œThe Maine-iacâ€ Sylvia (24-4), will be broadcast live July19th from Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
More than 250 media credential requests were received heading into todayâ€™s deadline, 10 days prior to the event, from numerous foreign countries including Russia, Japan, Korea, Germany, Great Britain, Canada, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand.
â€œAffliction Banned,â€ presented by Affliction Entertainment in association with Roy Englebrecht Events, is headlined by Fedor vs. Sylvia and powerfully supported by four other incredible bouts: former UFC heavyweight title-holder Andrei â€œThe Pitbullâ€ Arlovski (12-5) faces IFL titlist â€œBigâ€ Ben Rothwell (29-5), Josh â€œThe Baby Faced Assassinâ€ Barnett (21-5) fights stateside for the first time in two years in a grudge match against the only opponent to ever knock him out â€” Brazilian strongman Pedro â€œThe Rockâ€ Rizzo (16-7); three-time All-American wrestler Mike Whitehead (20-5) battles Brazilian sensation Renato â€œBabaluâ€ Sobral (29-7); 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).
â€œAffliction Bannedâ€ became 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) in the United States and on The Fight Network in Canada starting at 5 PM Pacific (8 PM/ET), dubbed â€œAffliction Live,â€ featuring Fedorâ€™s brother, Aleksander â€œThe Grim Reaperâ€ Emelianenko (13-3) versus Paul â€œThe Headhunterâ€ Buentello (23-10). Following that presentation is the five-fight â€œAffliction Bannedâ€ 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.
Heavy metal band Megadeth, led by frontman, guitarist, and songwriter Dave Mustaine, will be performing live at the event.
Tickets for â€œAffliction Bannedâ€ range between $50.00 and $1,000.00, and are on sale at Honda Centerâ€™s Box Office and also online at Ticketmaster.com.