Affliction 3: Fedor Emelianenko vs Josh Barnett On Aug 1st



According to MMAFanhouse, Fedor Emelianenko and Josh Barnett have verbally agreed to fight at Affliction 3 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA on August 1.

Though neither Emelianenko or Barnett has signed official bout agreements, they have both verbally accepted the matchup, according to the source.

A clash between Fedor and Barnett (24-5) has been rumored since the promotion debuted back on July 19th of last year.

Fedro has defeated top heavyweights Andrei Arlovski and Tim Sylvia in the previous two affliction shows.

Barnett’s also racked up two wins in Affliction, defeating Pedro Rizzo and Gilbert Yvel.

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  1. Al 2.0

    May 21, 2009 at 1:43 am

    Well if Fedor gets past Barnett, which all signs point to a victory for Fedor…What's next for Fedor? I want him to take on the UFC. For reals. And I don't think that he's scared at all, I believe its all about the benjamins…or whoever the hell they have on their Russian currency.

  2. Dave

    May 21, 2009 at 1:44 am

    Unlike the AA fight, I have no idea how Barnett is going to beat Fedor – they are running out of competition for him. Reminds me of the Tyson days.

  3. Dave

    May 21, 2009 at 1:47 am

    Al 2.0 – Fedor isn't the problem with regards to the UFC situation. Dana White refuses to sign him because Fedor insists on competing in the Russian Sambo championships once a year. Dana is an idiot!

  4. Al 2.0

    May 21, 2009 at 2:05 am

    I agree with you 100% Dave, conversely Dana still thinks Fedor's price is steep…Dana never gives in, but if he should give in on something just once in his life, this should be it. Where else is he going to go? If Strikeforce landed a deal that would be epic. Dana would shit his pants.

  5. Dave

    May 21, 2009 at 2:22 am

    I think at this point, it's all about White's ego. If he finally does give in, he is going to look like an idiot when Fedor roles through his heavyweights. He has spent way more time insulting Fedor then trying to come to terms with him. I think Fedor actually got paid less than Arlovski in his last fight so I honestly don't think it is about money.

  6. Al 2.0

    May 21, 2009 at 3:27 am

    Yea he got paid 700,000 or so less then AA, but he had endorsements and half the bank of the show, so I think he did alright too.

  7. roy

    May 21, 2009 at 3:33 am

    i have been waiting for this one for a long time, i am going for sure if its in anaheim. i think barnett has the best chance out of any hw to beat him not that he will but i bet we will see at least 3 rounds in this fight.

  8. T.R.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:51 am

    i agree with roy. i've been waiting for this fight.

  9. derek

    May 21, 2009 at 4:52 am

    i hope fedor wins though i am way opposite of any such fan of fedors i just want him to be undefeated when brock gets a shot at him ………..because it will happen one day…….if barnett wins i'll still be happy that fedor finally lost

  10. tom

    May 21, 2009 at 5:01 am

    Josh sucks..Fador is ok i dont think his is the pound for pound best or even in the Top 3..

    Fador is a good heavy weight fighter, but if he was numner one he would be fighting in the UFC but he knows if he join the ufc he would get Hurt and Beat down by there Elite fighters

  11. roy

    May 21, 2009 at 5:45 am

    so who is better tom? and how does josh suck he was the youngest ufc hw champ ever and has a good resume.

  12. dane drebin

    May 21, 2009 at 5:57 am

    tom you think josh sucks and fedor is ok? thats why nobody takes ur posts seriously lol

    fedor doesnt fight in the ufc because the ufc is to dumb to let fedor fight in the ufc and smbo at the same time. fedor is a legend and a hero in russia for his sambo accomplishments and i dont think he would trade that for anything.

  13. derek

    May 21, 2009 at 6:14 am

    sadly to admit, but fedor is the best of the HWs. right now, nobody can match him. brock is still pretty ripe. couture has a weak chin. cain is still climbing the ladder. mir has had fluctuating performances, but does have the tools to beat fedor. i mean jeez, fedor recently beat AOKI at submission fighting. AA has a glass chin. barnett is alright, but is beatable. tim sylvia is a joke. kimbo has no stamina. dos los santos is also still climbing the ladder. who is left? it would be ABSOLUTELY sick if rampage moved up in weight and challenged fedor.

  14. Nate Fury

    May 21, 2009 at 6:37 am

    Great news! Fedor will still destory Barnett though.

  15. whodini

    May 21, 2009 at 7:53 am

    ol Josh Barnett he has been around forever seems like ….. and still got it going on

  16. Jay

    May 21, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Fedor Is gonna beat this guy in the first round. Bottom Line. Josh is too slow on his feet and not good enough on the ground either

  17. danny g

    May 21, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    tom the ufc has some good hw's but not the best in the world… fedor would destroy anybody in the ufc..u cant call youre self a hardcore mma fan if u think that way.. thats just stupid

  18. steve

    May 21, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Quote from Toms above post "Fador is a good heavy weight fighter, but if he was numner one he would be fighting in the UFC but he knows if he join the ufc he would get Hurt and Beat down by there Elite fighters."

    Do I even have to respond to this? I mean this is a joke of a coment. Fedor is OK? 30-1. Ya that is ok. The way he beats people by KO and Sub everytime. Yeah thats okay but he would get hurt in the UFC? LOL. Against the elite fighters?? Who tom Couture is gonna hurt him? Mir is gonna hurt him? Lesnar is gonna avoid getting armbarred by one of the best armbar fighters in the world? That whole coment is ignorant. I am mot trying to be mean either but that sounds like it came out of Oswald Gobblecocks mouth. Pro UFC only b/c they dont understand how big Pride was and what Fedor did to everyone who was ranked high in the division already. Name a serious legit HW that is a great fighter that Fedor hasnt beat. Couture. On the downside of age. Mir is too soft for Fedor. Barnett is the next logical opponent and he isnt in the UFC lol.

  19. Al 2.0

    May 21, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    derek says: "couture has a weak chin."

    The only two times Couture has been knocked totally out is when he fought Chuck Liddell for their second and third meeting when The Iceman was the most feared and best striker in the world. Don't tell me Couture isn't the one of the toughest guys in the game.

  20. LethalP

    May 22, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Go Josh!! Reppin the lethal camp!

  21. marlon

    May 24, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    tom….ur a fucking idiot…..fedor is the best, baddest motherfucker alive

  22. tom

    May 24, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    HAHAHA fuck you Dick..

    Get off Fedor dick fool… i hate Fedor, if he was so good he would be fighting in the UFC verse the best guys out there..Instead he fights almost Never and Most of the time fights Shitty PPl..Like the bigg Asian and Matt LADLAND..You shouldnt be Ranked in the top 3 P4P kings if you dont fight in the UFC..He is a joke and when he comes to the UFC he will never be the champ..

  23. tom

    May 24, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Steve dont get me started on Barnett..

  24. tom

    May 24, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    I am not saying Fador is bad i am just saying i dont think he should be rank in the TOP P4P kings..

    He should fight more and be in the UFC to get in the P4P Best because they have the Highest Skilled oppents and great fighters and its MMA and with heavy weights Anything can happend like what happend to AA when he fight fador..

  25. steve

    May 24, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Tom I will ask again. You are so bent on fedor going to ufc before u label him as great. Who does he need to fight in the ufc to be p4p top 10? The name of the org. u fight in doesnt matter. Its the competition. Fedor has beat Sylvia, Arlovski and soon going to try and beat Barnett. These are what not UFC worthy fighters? Anyone of these guys would be top 10 HW in the ufc. Tom name the fighters please. I just dont see how you still underestimate him. He has fought 31 times. Never really lost and has dominated the HW division. The ufc HW division is under construction lol. You got a bunch of up and coming and very prmising fighters but none on Fedors level and he has already beat the level of comp. that is in the ufcs HW division. Done with topic.

  26. steve

    May 24, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    I am in favor of Fedor going to the ufc after the barnett fight but I dont think it should change how he is ranked by where he fights. Cage or ring a resume like his doesnt get much better. No one has done what he has not even A. Silva. Anderson has lost 4 times. And hasnt lost once in the ufc. Point is the UFC is awesome but as far as HWs go. The ufc has a weaker division than u are making it out to be. The champ is 3-1.

  27. dane drebin

    May 24, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    i totally agree with steve its not like other sports where if your not in the nfl u arent remembered as a great fottball player. in this sport its one on one you dont have a team to rely on. fedor will go down in history as one of the gratest of all time for the people he has beaten, the record he will end up with, his sambo accomplishments are unheard of, and the way he's always exciting and dominant. Nobody will tarnish his legacy no matter how hard they try not even dana white. i want him to go to the ufc so that more americans know who he is and appreciate him more. its annoying going to bars watching the fights and people saying brocks unstopable and i go fedor would beat him im pretty sure. Then almost always the drunk guy im talking to goes huh? who?

  28. martin

    June 3, 2009 at 3:17 am

    Its is clear that fedor is without a doubt, the best HW alive. but that doesnt mean that he is invincible. i have see all his fights and he has been roked before. the thing is everytime anybody gets anywhere near finishing him he taked them to the ground. so standing, he cant lose. the only fighter that could ever beat him would have to be better than him on the ground (fat chance ! ). we will probably only see him lose when he is old and an emerging BJJ god arises. until then fedor will be undefeated. someone said that rampage could get him if he went up in class. whoever said that think again…rampage can strike and he can take anyone down. but what will he do on the ground when his arm is grabbed by fedor …NOTHING.

  29. Tim

    June 3, 2009 at 4:03 am

    Fedor is surely the best right now….i would love to see him in the UFC…You talk top 10 and 6 of the top 10 are in the UFC i believe, and i know you say he has beaten everyone but again i will say he has not beaten them in the octogon nor has he faced every top 10 HWGHT…I believe he is the best right now….not to mention the UFC has some promising talent coming up…It probably will never happen but Fedor should fight in the UFC….as otherwise it just looks like he is dodging them as Dana has said it before if Fedor wanted to fight in the UFC he would already be there fighting.

  30. Clumsy Ninja

    June 20, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Fedor promised the (former) president of his country that he'd continue to compete in Sambo, as long as possible, to provide a good example to the kids there, and to carry on the proud tradition.

    UFC nuthuggers, your attention please. He's not giving up Sambo, to be in the UFC…period. Dana won't budge (risking "his" fighters) and so, no Fedor in the UFC.

    I think if this goes on, you'll see more fighters leave the UFC to go and fight him. Lots of guys want to fight the best, and that's him. Brock L is ranked #1 in the UFC? That's a little strained, don't you think? 3-1 isn't even a start toward where Fedor is…and it speaks to the quality of the HW division in the UFC, as a whole, that he could even be given a title shot after so little. It's not as though he's the first guy in the UFC who was good in another "sport".

    I think more of the UFC nuthuggers, should watch more old pride fights, and understand how deep their HW division was.

  31. Tom

    July 5, 2009 at 3:46 am

    I get tired of all the people who only watch UFC and think those are the best the fighters.They might have the most "Famous" fighters but not the best.Fedor is the Micheal Jordan of hw mma.And all those who think that lesnar is good need to watch the frank mir fight.Brock has no ground defense and no idea what do with his giant legs. Fedor will walk over every fighter from the ufc that comes to fight him.I mean i was and still am a Andrei Arlovski fan.Alot people will say he was winning but the matches are long and 30 seconds isnt a good judge of how one fights

  32. zack

    July 5, 2009 at 4:13 am

    The UFC does have pretty much all the best ranked fighters in the world, except Fedor and Barnett. They got 6 of the top 10 heavyweights in Mir, Lesnar, Couture, Velasquez, Cro Cop and Nogueira. The top 5 Light heavyweights in MMA in Machida, Jackson, Shogun, Griffin and Evans. 4 of the top 5 ranked middleweights in Anderson, Hendo, Okami and Marquardt. They have all the best welterweights in the world besides Shields and have 4 of the top 10 lightweights in Penn, Florian, Sanchez and Frankie Edgar. How can you say they don't have the best fighters in the world? Their records speak for themsleves.

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