In the latest episode of ESPN’s ‘MMA Live,’ John Anik confirmed that Andrei Arlovski will be fighting at Affliction ‘Banned’ against his long-rumored opponent, Ben Rothwell. Arlovski has been one of the last fighters to be confirmed for the card because his UFC deal ran out only a couple of months ago, but included an exclusive negotiating period clause that kept him from signing a deal with a different organization.
No additional details were given by ESPN, however Arlovski was recently added to Adrenaline MMA’s website and appeared on their promotional material for a meet-and-greet, so it’s likely that Arlovski has actually signed a deal with Adrenaline MMA, and in turn, like Tim Sylvia and Ben Rothwell, Arlovski is being lent out to Affliction. Of course, this is just speculation on my part, although it makes the most sense.
If adding Arlovski wasn’t enough, Vitor Belfort claims he will be fighting on the card as well.
Vitor Belfort will be fighting on the big Affliction: Banned card on July 19 in Anaheim, California. Vitor confirmed the news to Premire Combat during the UFC 84 broadcast where Belfort acts as a commentator. Surprisingly, Belfort will be fighting at middleweight, dropping down from light-heavyweight. No opponent has been named.
There has not been any additional confirmation on Vitor’s participation. If he is indeed signed to fight for Affliction, there is still one more major hurdle that Vitor would need to get by, which is the fact that he tested positive for steroids in October 2006 when he fought at PRIDE 32 in Nevada. During his suspension, Belfort left the country to fight overseas, which the NSAC doesn’t allow. If he were to fight for ‘Banned’ he will need to obtain a license from the CSAC. The athletic commissions typically back each other up and the CSAC is already ridiculously strict so I would say this one’s a long shot.
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