Affliction “Day of Reckoning” took place earlier this evening at The Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Andrei Arlovski looked to become the first fighter ever to legitimately defeat heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko in the night’s main event.
Josh Barnett and Gilbert Yvel met in a heavyweight match-up to determine who would move on to fight the Fedor/Arlovski winner.
Vitor Belfort looked to continue his career resurrection against Matt Lindland in a middleweight match-up.
Thierry Sokoudjou took on Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral in his first fight following a disappointing stint in the UFC.
Kiril Sidelnikov tried to make a name for himself in the US against Paul Buentello in an exciting heavyweight battle.
Results and wrap-up after the jump.
- Fedor Emelianenko defeats Andrei Arlovski via Knockout in Round One
- Josh Barnett defeats Gilbert Yvel via Submission (Strikes) in Round Three
- Vitor Belfort defeats Matt Lindland via Knockout in Round One
- Renato “Babalu” Sobral defeats Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou via Submission (Anaconda Choke) in Round Two
- Paul Buentello defeats Kiril Sidelnikov via TKO (Doctor’s Stoppage) in Round Three
- Dan Lauzon defeats Bobby Green via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in Round One
- Jay Hieron defeats Jason High via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Antonio Rogerio Nogueira defeats Vladamir Matyushenko via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- LC Davis defeats Bao Quach via Unanimous Decision
- Albert Rios defeats Antonio Duarte via Unanimous Decision
- Brett Cooper defeats Patrick Speight via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
Opening Thoughts: I can already tell the new commentating team of Sean Wheelock, Jimmy Smith, and Tito Ortiz is going to be a huge improvement over Glazer, Trigg, and McCarthy (great to have him reffing tonight though). But, Chuck Zito and Scott Ferrall? Seriously? Those two are completely unnecessary. The fighter introductions were pretty good, definitely a nice touch, and much better without Megadeth. Overall, the production values seem to be much higher this time around.
Paul Buentello vs. Kiril Sidelnikov: Man, I called this one wrong. Paul Buentello looked great, much better than I expected, and just tore Kiril apart with his jab. Kiril’s inexperience showed against the veteran striker, and Paul basically just beat him down. Kiril’s got a hell of achin and a lot of heart though. Got to give him that.
Renato “Babalu” Sobral vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou: This one went pretty much as expected. It’s no secret that Sokoudjou isn’t good off his back, and once Babalu got him there, it was just the beginning of the end. Sokoudjou had some great wins early in his career, but obviously needs to improve a lot before he’ll ever be considered an elite light heavyweight.
Vitor Belfort vs. Matt Lindland: Holy shit, how about Vitor Belfort? Vitor tagged Lindland with a left hook that completely knocked Lindland’s legs out from under him. Vitor pounced and delivered a few vicious right hands on the ground knocking Lindland out cold. That was definitely a scary few minutes for Lindland afterwards, but glad to see he was ok. Back to Vitor, wow, what a great victory for him. Training at Xtreme Couture is definitely paying off in spades.
Josh Barnett vs. Gilbert Yvel: Gilbert Yvel is one tough S.O.B. The entire fight pretty much took place with Josh Barnett in full mount on Yvel raining down elbows and punches. Yvel took a ton of punishment, and even landed a few of his own punches from his back. Gilbert showed a lot of heart but in the end he just didn’t have an answer for Barnett’s ground game.
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Andrei Arlovski: Wow, Fedor was actually on his way to losing his first round in as long anyone can even remember, and changed that all with one right hand. Fedor didn’t dominate by any means, but remained calm—perhaps his greatest strength—found his opening and capitalized. What else is there to say? Fedor’s the best in the world. Can we please see Fedor vs. Barnett now?
Final Thoughts: Overall, I thought it was an awesome show. The fights were all exciting, and the production was leaps and bounds better than “Banned.” Sean and Jimmy did a good job commentating. Tito also did well, but definitely made a few stupid comments. The arena seemed to be packed by the time the last fights rolled around, which was a real concern when the arena was obviously empty at the beginning of the show. Don’t know how many of them paid to be there yet, but it would have been pretty bad if they couldn’t even give them away. Honestly, as frustrating as it is to watch Affliction make so many mistakes, I hope this is isn’t the end of their fight promotion. They put on a great event tonight, one that was easily as entertaining as any UFC event, and I’d like to see them stick around. Not to mention, who else is going to put on Fedor vs. Barnett? Just get rid of Ferrall and Zito, please.