Could Barnett vs. Fedor be next?


With Affliction publicly saying that they intend to hold additional cards in the not-too-distant future, the first question that comes to mind is – who will be fighting?

Well, obviously Affliction boasts a very deep roster of heavyweights, and there are two fighters that MMA fans have wanted to see go at it for many years – Josh Barnett and Fedor Emelianenko.

Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio confirmed that Barnett vs. Emelianenko could very well happen.

We are going to use the winners (of the July fight) for the next show,” said Atencio.

That certainly does not mean that the match-up of former Pride stars is a given, but it certainly means that fight is a distinct possibility.

Barnett, though, is not looking past Pedro Rizzo on July 19th.

I don’t look any further then the fight in front of me. I can do all the wishing I want,” said Barnett, “The only thing that is guaranteed is the fight in front of me.”

What Barnett’s quote tells me is that a fight with Emelianenko is definitely on his radar. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that a potential fight between Emelianenko and Andrei Arlovski could do a bigger number in the U.S. – based on Arlovski’s popularity. I would personally be pleased with either match-up. but I think Barnett’s advanced ground skills could make for a better match-up with Emelianenko than Arlovski’s stand-up strengths.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related

Related News

  • 29 days ago
  • 19 views

Vote now in the Bloody Elbow Baddest Tournament to determine the Greatest MMA Striker of All Time. Today's match-up: #1 Lyoto Machida vs. #3 Fedor Emelianenko for the Bronze. Vote now! The much antic read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 19 views

On the heels of the UFC announcing Frankie Edgar and Urijah Faber as the main event of UFC Fight Night in the Philippines, several more bouts have been confirmed for the May 16th show. In addition to read news >>

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 views

One of the UFC's most stacked cards just got better. John Dodson will make his return to the Octagon to take on Zach Makovsky at UFC 187 on May 23 in Las Vegas, the UFC announced Sunday. The Memorial read news >>

  • 10 days ago
  • 2 views

UFC news from Asia: Local star Mark Eddiva gets added to UFC Fight Night: Manila, while Korean star Kyung Ho Kang has put his MMA career on hold. There's UFC news coming out of the Asian scene, as th read news >>

  • 2 days ago
  • 130 views

Former UFC heavyweight champion Andre Arlovski recounts his knockout loss to Fedor Emelianenko back in Affliction. read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 0 views

Unable to find a new replacement opponent for Urijah Faber, the UFC has opted to bump up the co-main between Demian Maia and Ryan LaFlare to the headlining act. Days after it was confirmed that Rapha read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 views

Rafael Assuncao’s ankle wasn’t cooperating with the UFC’s plans to have him headline UFC Fight Night 62 against Uriah Faber, and now the main event spot falls to the welterweight bout between Demian read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 0 views

An injury to Manny Gamburyan has led to Japanese bantamweight Takeya Mizugaki replacing him against top prospect Aljamain Sterling at UFC on Fox 15 in New Jersey. It may shock you, but there's been a read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 44 views

If submission only jiu-jitsu that isn’t hampered by some time limit is your thing, Sherdog.com has you covered this coming Saturday and Sunday. read news >>