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So the Affliction card scheduled for August 1st is in jeopardy as one half of their scheduled main event may not be allowed to fight. Sherdog via Yahoo (sports.yahoo.com) says Barnett was dirty and is out.

Seems a fitting end for a promotion that never seemed to have much hope to begin with despite its deep pocketed backers. Somewhere Dana White is cackling with glee.



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Promoter says the show is still on: "At this point, yes".

Both Vitor Belfort and Bobby Lashley have been talked to about being Barnett's replacement. Lashley seems down on the idea. Belfort has said okay.



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    Originally posted by thecubsfan
    Promoter says the show is still on: "At this point, yes".

    Both Vitor Belfort and Bobby Lashley have been talked to about being Barnett's replacement. Lashley seems down on the idea. Belfort has said okay.

Hmmm...guy who fights normally at 185 pounds versus the best HW on the planet. This sounds like an excellent idea.

They would be better off trying to get Mark Hunt or Kevin Randleman or even freaking Ricco Rodriguez instead of a guy normally fighting two weight classes down. Belfort just seems a bad decision to me.

(edited by spf on 22.7.09 1222)


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Sigh. This makes me sad. Not, surprised, but sad.
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Vitor taking the fight would then screw up his already-scheduled bout with Jorge Santiago, so basically, Affliction would be shooting themselves doubly in the foot by canceling a competitive tossup of a fight and putting Vitor into a match that he'll almost surely lose.

What about Fabricio Werdum? He just had an opponent drop out on the upcoming Strikeforce card, so he's been training and is fit. Or there's always Seth Petruzelli. ;)



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    Originally posted by Yahoo! Sports (sports.yahoo.com)
    Affliction scrambles after Barnett flunks test
    By Dave Meltzer, Yahoo! Sports
    1 hour, 52 minutes ago


    A positive drug test sample by Josh Barnett has left the Affliction promotion scrambling for a replacement to face Fedor Emelianenko in the main event of the company’s Aug. 1 fight card from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

    Barnett and Affliction promoter Tom Atencio confirmed both the positive result to the California State Athletic Commission-administered test and that Barnett is off the card.

    Barnett’s test came back positive for the metabolite 2a-methyl-5a-androstan-3a-ol-17-one, which is contained in the anabolic steroid Drostanolone, also known as Masteron. The steroid is normally used by athletes who are attempting to maintain strength while cutting weight, which makes it a strange choice for someone competing in the heavyweight division.

    Barnett said he wanted to keep quiet as he prepares an appeal, and had nothing negative to say about the testing procedure.

    “It’s not a big conspiracy,” said Barnett, who had a previous positive banned substance test result on his record.

    Atencio said the show will go on as scheduled, and that Emelianenko has agreed to face any potential opponent. Yahoo! Sports has been able to confirm the company has had talks over the past day with Brett Rogers, Vitor Belfort and Bobby Lashley.

    Barnett (24-5) said he first got word of the results of his June 25 test on Tuesday night, and spoke with the commission about it on Wednesday. “It’s as terrible a thing as can happen right now,” he said.

    While denying using steroids, Barnett said he was not in the dark as to why he tested positive. “I have a pretty good idea,” he said. “I’m not really going to talk about it now.” Atencio said he believed the commission was waiting for the result of Barnett’s “B” sample to come back from the World Anti-Doping Agency lab at UCLA after the “A” sample came out positive before releasing a public statement. Potential punishment will not be determined until after the second sample is returned.

    “The license of Josh Barnett was denied pursuant to rule 303 of Title IV of the California Code of Regulations,” stated CSAC interim executive officer Dave Thornton. “That rule prohibits the use of certain substances, including anabolic agents, by any boxer or MMA fighter.” If the second sample comes out negative, there is still a chance Barnett could be cleared to fight, but Atencio is going forward with the idea of needing to get a new opponent, but no deal has been completed yet.

    “Until I have a contract signed, it’s all rumors,” said Atencio. “Negotiations are negotiations. Until I get the contract, nothing’s done.”

    Atencio said at a Wednesday afternoon press conference that he had spoken with multiple fighters, but didn’t want to mention any names until a contract was signed. He did admit talking with Strikeforce about a possible replacement also.

    “Right now I’ve got three people I’m negotiating with,” he said. “Everything is going to be fine. I’m not even worried about it.”

    Barnett was previously suspended by the state of Nevada for testing positive for the drug Boldenone, a veterinary steroid, after defeating Randy Couture for the UFC heavyweight title at UFC 36 on March 22, 2002. He went into pro wrestling in Japan during his suspension, then competed in MMA for the next several years also in Japan, where fighters are not tested for performance enhancers.

    Barnett, who never admitted to using steroids after his 2002 positive, noted that previous appeals on steroid tests before California commission have not resulted in the test results being overturned. “I know how it turns out,” the Seattle native said. “I just hope it’s not as bad as it could be.” Although Barnett has not beaten a top-10 ranked fighter since a decision win over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira three years ago, he has been ranked between Nos. 2-5 at heavyweight in most polls and was considered Emelianenko’s toughest remaining test outside the UFC.

    Multiple sources have indicated Affliction is dangling a $500,000 payday to potential Barnett replacements.

    Rogers (10-0), coming off a knockout of former UFC champ Andrei Arlovski in just 22 seconds on June 4 in St. Louis, is said to be a prime candidate. Rogers’ manager, Ken Pavia, confirmed his willingness to take the fight, but because Rogers is under contract to Strikeforce, he would have to be given clearance by both Strikeforce promoter Scott Coker and Showtime.

    At press time, Coker, vacationing in Italy, was said to be aware of the situation, but that Showtime had not given clearance to the fight. A potential holdup is that Rogers could be a possible replacement for Alistair Overeem, Strikeforce’s heavyweight champion, who pulled out of his scheduled Aug. 15 title defense in San Jose against Fabricio Werdum.

    Belfort (18-8) is scheduled to face Jorge Santiago on the Aug. 1 show as a middleweight. Picking Belfort, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, as the opponent would be met with controversy because of the size disparity. Without having to cut weight, Belfort would likely fight at around 210 pounds, maybe 20 pounds or so less than Emelianenko would be expected to weigh in at. If Belfort fought Emelianenko, the company would have to either find a new opponent for Santiago or scratch him from the show.

    Lashley (4-0), who because of his notoriety as a pro wrestler would garner the most attention and result in the most pay-per-view buys of any of the opponents being mentioned, has turned down the fight according to sources at his American Top Team camp. But others involved in the negotiations believe Lashley is not a dead deal and would take the fight if more money was offered.

    The ATT’s Dan Lambert stated that while the original money offer was great, it was too early in Lashley’s career to take the fight and that a year from now, with the right preparation, the answer would be different. He said the camp instead would like to get the more experienced Jeff Monson into the fight.

    “If it was a guy making $30,000 a year, my advice would have been different,” said Lambert. “Bobby is lucky enough that if he continues to progress, he’ll be making paydays like that in the sport.”




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Ahfirf*ckssake.

I was really looking forward to Fedor v Barnett.

Somehow watching Fedor whipping the heck out of Vitor Belfort in short order wouldn't hold the same appeal. Lashley has no business being in the same ring with Fedor at this stage, but at least seems wise enough to know that.

Not seen much of Rogers, but I guess of the three mentioned in the Yahoo article he'd be my choice if only by default.

    Originally posted by spf
    They would be better off trying to get.......Kevin Randleman
Only if they could get them to do the "suplex-onto-head" spot they pulled out last time ;)
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    Originally posted by dMr
    Ahfirf*ckssake.

    I was really looking forward to Fedor v Barnett.

    Somehow watching Fedor whipping the heck out of Vitor Belfort in short order wouldn't hold the same appeal. Lashley has no business being in the same ring with Fedor at this stage, but at least seems wise enough to know that.

    Not seen much of Rogers, but I guess of the three mentioned in the Yahoo article he'd be my choice if only by default.

      Originally posted by spf
      They would be better off trying to get.......Kevin Randleman
    Only if they could get them to do the "suplex-onto-head" spot they pulled out last time ;)

That was the moment I realized Fedor is the scariest man on earth. Randleman drops him right on his head, and yet Fedor is submitting him less than a minute later.



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For what it's worth The Fight Network, citing Shawn Tompkins of Xtreme Couture as their source, say Fedor v Belfort is official (thefightnetwork.com)

No word on who, if anyone, that leaves Santiago facing.

I guess on one hand, Belfort can always fall back on having taken the fight at nine days' notice so a loss won't hurt his career much. On the other hand, he's getting in the ring with Fedor at nine days notice which probably isn't recommended.

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Aaaaaaaaand the show's cancelled (sherdog.com).

Barnett probably just joined Ken Shamrock as a one-man promotion killer, 'cause with how much money Affliction has been losing on the cards that DID go on, I have to imagine they'll pay out the nose on this. Maybe the next upstart promotion will actually go slowly enough to build up a foundation that can survive the inevitable hiccups.

edit: MMAWeekly and not entirely inaccurate shill Kevin Iole are reporting that Affliction has folded and come to an agreement with the UFC wherein the UFC will go back to allowing them to advertise on their shows and fighters, and rumor is there might be some fighters who get picked up in the deal too. If it means folks like Fedor, Vitor and Mousasi in the UFC, it'd be pretty cool, but only a rumor for now, apparently an announcement will be made later.

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...And they're done. Click Here (sports.yahoo.com)


    After promoting two critically acclaimed but financially disastrous mixed martial arts cards, Affliction on Friday first canceled its pay-per-view card scheduled for Aug. 1 and then opted to get out of the promotional business, Yahoo! Sports has learned.

    The company and the Ultimate Fighting Championship are expected to release a statement sometime on Friday in which it is announced that Affliction will cease operations as a promoter and that its clothing division will become a UFC sponsor.

    Affliction had a card slated for Aug. 1 with a main event of Fedor Emelianenko, the No. 2 fighter in the Yahoo! Sports mixed martial arts rankings, against former UFC champion Josh Barnett at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

    But Barnett tested positive for an anabolic steroid and on Tuesday was denied a license to fight by the California State Athletic Commission.

    That left Affliction scrambling to fight a replacement for Emelianenko. With no viable alternatives – the best was former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort, who was already down to 195 pounds for a scheduled middleweight fight – Affliction early Friday opted to scrap the show.

    Later in the day, Affliction came to terms on a deal in which it would quit promoting fight cards. However, the status of the fighter contracts belonging to Affliction is unknown.

    They could revert to the UFC or they could become free agents, able to sign with the promoter of their choice.

    Multiple sources had indicated to Yahoo! Sports that Affliction was on the verge of a deal with Strikeforce for some sort of merger, but that fell apart in the last 24-48 hours. That’s when talks began anew between White and Affliction. They had spoken earlier in July about such a scenario, but were unable to come to a deal.


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So how long until we get Brock vs Fedor then?



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Much as I'd like it it's not likely. If they work something out it'll be excellent, and I try to be an optimist, but Fedor's demands--or rather, M-1's demands, as through Vadim Finkelstein--are kind of nutty, and Dana is not exactly the spirit of compromise himself. If they work it out, I will dance in the goddamn streets. Or possibly my living room.

Oh, and for other MMA news for the day, Dana just announed that Tito Ortiz is back in the UFC. Great trip out to the indies, that was.
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    Originally posted by CarlCX
    Much as I'd like it it's not likely. If they work something out it'll be excellent, and I try to be an optimist, but Fedor's demands--or rather, M-1's demands, as through Vadim Finkelstein--are kind of nutty, and Dana is not exactly the spirit of compromise himself. If they work it out, I will dance in the goddamn streets. Or possibly my living room.

    Oh, and for other MMA news for the day, Dana just announed that Tito Ortiz is back in the UFC. Great trip out to the indies, that was.


I think it has to happen eventually just because that's where everything is ending up. All that's really left is Strikeforce. EXC is gone, BodogFight is gone, Afflication is gone, IFL is gone. If Fedor wants to fight anyone of note and make any decent money, unless he wants to do freak show fights in Japan, he's going to have to end up in UFC. And I think he does. There's just too much money and prestige to be left on the table.



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