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Aleksander Emelianenko Expects April 11 Fight with Josh Barnett

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Aleksander Emelianenko (12-3), a highly ranked heavyweight (and the younger brother of famed fighter Fedor Emelianenko), will next fight April 11 for the upstart M-1 Global organization, and the Russian expects his opponent to be Josh Barnett (20-5).

News of the potential bout was posted on Emelianenko’s official website at www.alex.mixfight.ru.

The as-of-yet-unannounced M-1 Global event is expected to take place in Chicago.

The Emelianko brothers’ manager, Vadim Finkelstein, recently sold the M-1 organization to a group of American investors who restructured the fight promotion. As its first order of business, the organization signed Fedor to a long-term deal. The organization’s CEO, longtime MMA agent and promoter Monte Cox, recently stated that the organization had planned for a February debut date but instead pushed it back a few months to allow more time for signing talent.

If the organization does sign Barnett for the fight, it could signal another loss for the UFC.

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Post #1   1/24/08 11:30:00AM   

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I read about this on sherdog a few hours ago.

That will be a good match if it does come to fruitiation,but what about Barnett VS Fedor?

I'm all for Aleksander attempting to get his revenge,but if Barnett was to win,I hope he takes on Fedor next.

Post #2   1/24/08 11:48:11AM   

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I thought aleks couldnt fight in the u.s becouse of his armed robbery charge?

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Post #3   1/24/08 12:14:42PM   

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hopefully josh will pull it out again cause this set-ups barnett v fedor

Post #4   1/24/08 12:28:01PM   

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UFC burns too many bridges with too many fighters and managers. It's their pride (no pun intended) that keeps them from having the fighters that everyone wants them to have. That said, I still believe that the UFC is the elite for MMA at this time regardless what Monte Cox says about the UFC having "club champions." And even if that was true, you still have to be the best to even get a shot in that "club."

I see Barnett, being as hungry and ornary as he is, beating Aleks. But that would set up a great revenge fight for Fedor, reminiscent of Aleks vs. Cro Cop.

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wow, expect a great fight!! as for the visa situation -- im not too but if the venue is in america, theres a "special persons" visa that im sure emelianenko+putin can arrange..


and the winner of this fight should face fedor!! ive been wanting to see aleks vs fedor for the longest timeeee

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that is going be a good fight, but if josh was not lose imo i dont think you would see him fightin fedor any time soon

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Interesting fight.

I can see Barnett taking this, unless him not fighting for about 10 years makes a significant difference.

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id love to see aleks win, he was handling barnett in their last fight until he gassed. hopefully the guy can improve his gas tank because he could be a force in the heavyweight division with those explosive hands.

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Posted by loller90278

wow, expect a great fight!! as for the visa situation -- im not too but if the venue is in america, theres a "special persons" visa that im sure emelianenko+putin can arrange..


and the winner of this fight should face fedor!! ive been wanting to see aleks vs fedor for the longest timeeee



yea and maybe frank shamrock vs ken shamrock can be on that card IMO, that that would actually create alot of interest, but of course that is if aleks win, which he probably wont, but i hope he does

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wishful thinking that aleks wins this one, i really think he can KO barnett worse than barnett did, but if barnett comes in with the plan to take it down aleks is in for a short night, still i pick aleks by KO in the 1st/2nd

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This is a fantastic idea, aleks and Barney, barney wins he faces Fedor, on the same card Fedor fights monson or Rizzo, I love the idea.

Post #12   1/24/08 6:11:38PM   

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This kind of pisses me off. I want to see Fedor vs Barnett. Aleks should fight Pedro Rizzo.

Chalk up an easy submission win for Barnett and giving people more reasons to drop Fedor down there P4P rankings

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Not suprising. Barnett by arm bar

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At least Fedor's brother isnt a pussy.

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