Fedor-Barnett Bout in Jeopardy

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mentalcase
7/22/09 1:16:03AM
Affliction Entertainment and M-1 Global are looking for a new opponent to face Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction “Trilogy” on Aug. 1 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Multiple sources have told Sherdog.com that the California State Athletic Commission will not license Josh Barnett after a positive result on a pre-fight test. Calls to the California State Athletic Commission and Affliction Entertainment were not immediately returned.

Barnett said he had not been notified of any issues with his eligibility as of Tuesday evening.
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Playground_Samurai
7/22/09 1:31:37AM

One source told Sherdog.com that Emelianenko will have the opportunity to choose between Belfort and Bobby Lashley.


Although I think Fedor would beat both of these guys, I think Belfort would be a much more interesting match up.


“No matter what happens with this, I can assure you I will clear my name. This will not be something that I am defined by.”


Considering this wouldn't be his first time testing positive(assuming this is for steroids), i'm pretty sure this would leave a pretty ugly stamp on Barnetts career.
joshryanshepherd
7/22/09 1:34:22AM
Belfort? something tells me that they're just wanting another UFC champ under his belt
Lord_Lenny
7/22/09 1:43:16AM

Posted by gspfan


One source told Sherdog.com that Emelianenko will have the opportunity to choose between Belfort and Bobby Lashley.


Although I think Fedor would beat both of these guys, I think Belfort would be a much more interesting match up.


“No matter what happens with this, I can assure you I will clear my name. This will not be something that I am defined by.”


Considering this wouldn't be his first time testing positive(assuming this is for steroids), i'm pretty sure this would leave a pretty ugly stamp on Barnetts career.


Yeah Belfort's fast hands make for a more interesting match up than Lashley who will most likely be armbarred or TKO'd. I'm curious to see who Fedor would choose, and about the fact that they allowed him to.

Sweet avatar by the way
vinny_cro_cop_q
7/22/09 1:59:27AM
It will be really pitiful on barnetts behalf if this is all true. why do this on such a career defining fight
TimW001
7/22/09 2:16:42AM


Barnett, why did you choose to screw up now?
king_katool
7/22/09 2:31:50AM
stupid barnett, this makes me so happy, i never had any interest in barnett/fedor
joshryanshepherd
7/22/09 2:33:48AM



Sweet avatar by the way




to bad its gonna get replaced after Forrest out strikes Anderson
landstander
7/22/09 2:55:09AM
I'm always suspicious when the CSAC has good news for the UFC.
Nightmare27
7/22/09 3:35:21AM
Damn, this could end up being the death of Afflliction. Say it ain't so Josh!!
RNC
7/22/09 3:41:16AM
I say go Lashly. I want to see him in the UFC and if he puts on a decent showing against Fedor it will help his chances.
Kpro
7/22/09 4:28:18AM
The article was updated and multiple sources have confirmed Belfort has agreed in principle to the fight should Barnett not be allowed to.
loller90278
7/22/09 4:34:54AM
wow, thats a killer for affliction. if vitor takes on fedor, who takes on santiago?? that was the fight i was looking forward to most!!
sclasclemski
7/22/09 5:49:49AM
wow its Afflictions Kimbo incident
hippysmacker
7/22/09 6:57:46AM
This just plain sucks. This is one of my dream matchups. If this is true,Barnett should be ashamed of himself. This was the main reason I would buy the ppv. Nothing else on the card is anywhere near as compelling to me. Babalu/Mousassi and Vitor/Santiago are nice, but not nice enough for me to shell out 45 $. Plus, Vitor fighting Fedor has no suspense for me, and Vitor/Santiago did So now I lose the 2 fights I wanted too see most .I would rather see Fedor/Rothwell. At least Ben's a big heavy and I could convince myself( slim as that is of actually happening) he has the power to land a punchers chance KO. So I guess I will be watching this one at the sportsbar.
mrsmiley
7/22/09 7:56:38AM

Posted by hippysmacker

This just plain sucks. This is one of my dream matchups. If this is true,Barnett should be ashamed of himself. This was the main reason I would buy the ppv. Nothing else on the card is anywhere near as compelling to me. Babalu/Mousassi and Vitor/Santiago are nice, but not nice enough for me to shell out 45 $. Plus, Vitor fighting Fedor has no suspense for me, and Vitor/Santiago did So now I lose the 2 fights I wanted too see most .I would rather see Fedor/Rothwell. At least Ben's a big heavy and I could convince myself( slim as that is of actually happening) he has the power to land a punchers chance KO. So I guess I will be watching this one at the sportsbar.



Yeah I agree.

I've been waiting for this fight years now.
Hope to god he's able to fight.
postman
7/22/09 8:10:48AM

Posted by hippysmacker

This just plain sucks. This is one of my dream matchups. If this is true,Barnett should be ashamed of himself. This was the main reason I would buy the ppv. Nothing else on the card is anywhere near as compelling to me. Babalu/Mousassi and Vitor/Santiago are nice, but not nice enough for me to shell out 45 $. Plus, Vitor fighting Fedor has no suspense for me, and Vitor/Santiago did So now I lose the 2 fights I wanted too see most .I would rather see Fedor/Rothwell. At least Ben's a big heavy and I could convince myself( slim as that is of actually happening) he has the power to land a punchers chance KO. So I guess I will be watching this one at the sportsbar.



Yeah my first reaction is no I want to see Belfort v Jorge Santiago
The_Metal_Maniac
7/22/09 9:07:56AM
This is extremely disappointing news. Fedor vs. Josh was pretty much the fight I was looking forward to most this Summer. I really thought Josh stood a legitimate shot at defeating Fedor. Now to have a suspect middle weight to fight the number one ranked heavy weight is ridiculous. Affliction is now done.
Jackelope
7/22/09 9:21:35AM
A couple things

1) I hate the CSAC. Why do these things always happen in California? I'm honestly more suspicious of the CSAC than I am of Barnett.

2) I have been looking forward to this fight more than anything. I've been saying for 3 years now that Barnett is Fedor's greatest challenge. As soon as the fight was announced it was like a dream come true for me.

3) Belfort is a dangerous opponent for anyone. I wouldn't sleep on him, but I like his chances a lot less than I like Barnett's. Belfort will have a distinct size disadvantage. Fedor will toss him like a baby.

4) Make this happen, California. I don't care if roids are in the mix or not. Fedor was destroying roid heads in Pride for years. What's the difference if he does it now in Affliction?
nickcuc547
7/22/09 12:59:41PM
ouch, I was just talking last night with a buddy about barnett and whether he was clean all those years in japan or not, guess i found out the answer today.
mrsmiley
7/22/09 1:04:51PM
It's official.
Barnett is out of the fight.

Front page of sherdog
DevonFoxy
7/22/09 1:09:20PM
This is really bad but not just because the Fedor/Barnett fight is canceled this will probably put the nail in the coffin of Affliction all together. They spent so much money and time hyping this fight adn there still gonna have to pay the fighters their big bucks but will def. sacrifice probably about 50,000 to 100,000 buys for the Main event being changed.

With Affliction probably going out of commission fighters have even less chance of getting the pay days they deserve because now they pick either Strikeforce or UFC in the states and then Japan has more options but jeesh as sucky as this is for the match up I fear its even worse for the sport of MMA as a whole.

Also why should Fedor take the Belfort fight? He has everything to loose and absolutely nothing to gain. If he wins all your going to hear is he hasn't fought anyone of worth in forever blah blah blah and if he loses??? Can you imagine the Dana White rant after that???
copcopps
7/22/09 1:20:58PM
California + Past with Steroids (see why Josh Barnett went to PRIDE) = bad news
DCRage
7/22/09 1:25:18PM
Belfort is likely taking the fight. Verbal commitment in place, they're working out financial details. Official announcement should be coming later today. No word on what this means for Santiago.
The_Metal_Maniac
7/22/09 1:45:13PM
Of all people why Belfot? I have no desire seeing him fight Fedor. I would have much rather Vitor fight Santiago , and see another heavy weight fight Fedor. Someone like Bret Rogers. Either way chalk up another victory for Fedor.
AnDeRsonDaSiLvA
7/22/09 2:22:52PM
id rather see a babalu rematch. This will look exactly like overeem vitor 2 , fedor smashing vitor in the guard .
spikerman19
7/22/09 3:17:15PM
Fedor needs to leave Affliction ASAP, that orginization will only hurt his legacy, he needs to fight in the UFC, Lesnar, Mir, Carwin, Cain, Cro Cop......not another old time middle wieght.
mikevolz
7/22/09 4:16:46PM

Posted by spikerman19

Fedor needs to leave Affliction ASAP, that orginization will only hurt his legacy, he needs to fight in the UFC, Lesnar, Mir, Carwin, Cain, Cro Cop......not another old time middle wieght.



fedors post pride fights were matt lindland and hong man choi

his fights in affliction were tim sylvia (1-1 since losing the title) and arlovski (5-1 since losing the title) and scheduled to fight barnett,

affliction has only been helping his legacy.
cowcatcher
7/22/09 4:32:15PM

Posted by mikevolz


Posted by spikerman19

Fedor needs to leave Affliction ASAP, that orginization will only hurt his legacy, he needs to fight in the UFC, Lesnar, Mir, Carwin, Cain, Cro Cop......not another old time middle wieght.



fedors post pride fights were matt lindland and hong man choi

his fights in affliction were tim sylvia (1-1 since losing the title) and arlovski (5-1 since losing the title) and scheduled to fight barnett,

affliction has only been helping his legacy.



could not agree more
chitownsfinest15
7/22/09 4:48:04PM
This is why I am not a fan of affliction....this fight was scheduled months ago and always something dumb happens with this organization...i mean they are going to get either vitor or lashley to fight? i am glad i didnt purchase tickets to this fight at all because i would be majorly pissed if barnett vs fedor wasnt going to happen and instead i get to see fedor just beating someone...

Also this is why the UFC is the best organization...overeem is more than likely out of his strikforce title fight...now affliction has more problems...if i was fedor i would be pissed off and just sign wth the ufc and actually fight good opponents...
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