The scheduled meeting between recently-crowned WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko and UFC veteran Andrei Arlovski slated for Affliction 2 has been canceled, at least for the time being, according to a report from fiveouncesofpain.com:
“A reliable source speaking on the condition of anonyomity revealed…that Emelianenko has been dealing with a lingering hand injury that will make it virtually impossible for him to be ready in time for Afflictionâ€™s October show at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Arlovski is expected to remain on the card and event organizers are said to be looking into finalizing a bout between Arlovski and Josh Barnett to serve as the showâ€™s new main event.”
While this news only spells more aggravation for Tom Atencio and company, it really couldn’t have worked out much better for Josh Barnett, who may now get the pay day he feels he deserves thanks to Affliction’s back being up against the proverbial wall. Though scrapping a bout featuring Emelianenko certainly doesn’t help pay-per-view buys, I’d probably still pay to see Arlovski and Barnett bang it out, even if it is in a comically oversized ring.