Affliction “Banned” took place this evening at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
For the first time ever, the WAMMA Heavyweight Championship was on the line when Tim Sylvia faced number one heavyweight in the world Fedor Emelianenko.
Three other top ten heavyweights—Josh Barnett, Andrei Arlovski, and Ben Rothwell— were also in action along with top ten middleweight Matt Lindland.
[UPDATE 7/20/08 4:05AM ET] – Dave Meltzer is reporting Affliction sold out with 13,998 in attendance. “The Donald” was right, maybe not at right time, but he called it. Eagerly anticipating the pay-per-view numbers.
Results after the jump.
- Fedor Emelianenko defeats Tim Sylvia via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in Round One
- Andrei Arlovski defeats Ben Rothwell via Knockout in Round Three
- Josh Barnett defeats Pedro Rizzo via Knockout in Round Two
- Mark Hominick defeats Savant Young via Submission (Armbar) in Round One
- Renato “Babalu” Sobral defeats Mike Whitehead via Unanimous Decision
- Matt Lindland defeats Fabio Nascimento via Unanimous Decision
- Antonio Rogerio Nogueira defeats Edwin Dewees via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Mike Pyle defeats J.J. Ambrose via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in Round One
- Ray Lazama vs. Justin Levens
- Vitor Belfort defeats Terry Martin via Knockout in Round Two
- Paul Buentello defeats Gary Goodridge via Unanimous Decision
Paul Buentello and Gary Goodridge started off the show. They didn’t air the first round, but the fight went the distance so we got to see the second and third. You would have thought someone would have got knocked out but it didn’t happen. Turned out to be a lackluster stand-up fight that was missing a certain Emelianenko brother.
How about Vitor Belfort? Is he back??? Ok…I’m kidding. Actually you can argue he was never anywhere to be back from, but that was a hell of a knockout. Good to see Vitor with his arm raised again.
Affliction does their best attempt at PRIDE’s parade of fighters with Megadeth playing “Symphony of Destruction” in the background. Not quite the same, but a nice try nonetheless.
Little Nog outclassed Edwin Dewees. The only time I’ve ever seen anyone hold onto the ropes in the corner and swing and kick was in pro wrestling. This isn’t pro wrestling, and like you would expect, it didn’t work.
Fabio Negao put up a much better fight against Matt Lindland than most thought, including me. Maybe Lindland’s got a little ring rust? Maybe Fabio has some skills? Who knows, but it was decent fight with some good moments.
Not much to say about Babalu and Whitehead. The fight went pretty much how it was supposed to. Whitehead put up a good fight but the better fighter won. No upset like I thought there might be.
There was a violent knockout in the rematch between Josh Barnett and Pedro Rizzo, but it wasn’t Barnett who fell this time. Barnett landed a wicked left hook that put Rizzo out. Has to be knockout of the night unless Sylvia, Fedor, Arlovski, or Rothwell can top it. I’m not so sure about Barnett’s OC gangsta persona in the post-fight interview though. That didn’t come off too well.
Now that was the Arlovski we all love! You have to give props to ‘Big’ Ben too. He’s damn tough and has a hell of a chin. That second round was incredible. Rothwell looked like he wasn’t even there right before he got knocked out. Great fight. Glad to see the old Arlovski back.
If you didn’t know who Fedor Emelianenko was before tonight, you do now. If you didn’t see it. Find it. Watch it. I don’t care what Dana White says. I don’t care what other writers say. I don’t care what fans say. Fedor Emelianenko is “the best fighter on the planet”. He is the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Fedor annihilated the two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion, Tim Sylvia. Bring on Randy Couture. It has to happen.