Aleksander Emelianenko vs Paul Buentello Canceled

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As reported during the Affliction “Banned” weigh-in results, Aleksander Emelianenko was not cleared to fight in a heavyweight match against Paul Buentello at Affliction’s inaugural event. spoke to the head of the CSAC, Armando Garcia, for official confirmation.

Aleksander Emelianenko failed to meet the medical licensing requirements and will be unable to compete against Paul Buentello tomorrow night at the Affliction: “Banned” event at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. just confirmed the bad news with California State Athletic Commission Executive Director, Armando Garcia, directly.

The state has very strict medical privacy laws; therefore, Mr. Garcia was unable to elaborate on the situation.

This is extremely disappointing. I was so pumped up to see Aleks hunt ‘The Headhunter’ after reading about him killing bears with a giant fork. But, I guess it wouldn’t be a California sanctioned MMA event without someone getting booted off the card. Although, it could have been worse. It could have been Fedor.

Gary GoodridgeThere is somewhat good news though. It’s more like trying to ease the pain with a Tylenol instead of a Vicodin, but I suppose it’s better than nothing. At least Paul Buentello gets to fight.

It looks like ‘Big Daddy’ Gary Goodridge was in town for a fight on different show that got canceled. He’ll be stepping in as a late replacement.

CSAC Executive Officer Armando Garcia told that he has approved Gary Goodridge (Pictures) as a replacement for the Russian against Buentello. Englebrecht said Goodridge was already in California, licensed and expecting to fight in San Diego this weekend on a card that was cancelled.

Maybe if I can find a good story about Goodridge hunting lions with a rock, I might feel better about this.