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Aleksander Emelianenko Says He’s Fighting In January For Affliction

Aleksander Emelianenko
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Aleksander Emelianenko will be fighting on Affliction’s January card, well, at least according to Aleks. The younger brother of Fedor Emelianenko revealed the news to Fighters Only Magazine.

Aleksander Emelianenko will be fighting at Affliction’s next mixed martial show in the New Year.

“I am going back to the States next week to do interviews and make some film for the January event,” he said.

“But I don’t know about any opponent yet, all that is in the process of being sorted out.”

As you probably remember, Aleks was scheduled to fight Paul Buentello on Affliction’s first card, but was forced to withdraw when California denied him a license. Rumors quickly spread that a medical issue, specifically a positive test for Hepatitis B, prompted the CSAC to pull Aleks from the event. Since that time, and even now, Aleks maintains that he has no health problems, and the reason why he couldn’t get licensed was because he was late to arrive in the States because of visa issues.

The medical rumor appeared to be supported by this statement that the CSAC’s Bill Douglas issued regarding Aleks’ status in early August.

The one thing that I can absolutely say is that he (Emelianenko) was not and will not be cleared to fight in California. He is officially denied a license and that will stand for all of the United States of America.

It’s unlikely Douglas would make such a strong statement because Aleks arrived late to the US. Furthermore, even his brother, Fedor, confirmed it was health related.

I cannot comment in any way on this situation. Aleksander really was removed from competing because of some blood analyses. So I cannot really say anything.

So, will Aleks be granted a license to fight in California in January? Quite honestly, I doubt it, but the only thing that does seem to offer a glimmer of hope is that Aleks is coming to the US to shoot promos for the Affliction event. It doesn’t make sense that Affliction would bother going through the trouble if they didn’t think Aleks would get licensed. Or am I giving the seemingly always disorganized Affliction too much credit?

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