On Wednesday Affliction announced that they are rescheduling their October 11th event in Las Vegas to January 17th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
At the time we speculated that card changes could be a possibility and they have already become a reality just one day later.
Though a major announcement will be made on Saturday regarding the event NBCSport.com’s Mike Chiappetta has confirmed with Affliction COO Michael Cohen that Fedor Emelianenko will be in action on the rescheduled card.
Emelianenko, who was originally rumored to meet Andrei Arlovski on the October card, could take on Arlovski, Josh Barnett, or another opponent in January. His opponent is likely to be confirmed on Saturday during the announcement.
Interestingly, Affliction will make their announcement at Saturday’s boxing event in Las Vegas featuring Joel Casamayor vs. Juan Manuel Marquez, an event that is being promoted by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. Affliction and Golden Boy previously engaged in negotiations but the two sides were unable to reach an agreement after reportedly squabbling over control. Now rumors indicate that the companies could partner up to promote future MMA events, including the rescheduled January 17th card.
The Casamayor-Marquez card will air live on HBO PPV, fueling further speculation that a deal with HBO to air Affliction events could also be in the works, though at this time such a deal is unlikely.
For more on Affliction’s Januray 17th event check out the MMAFrenzy.com MMA rumors section.