We’re less than two months away from Affliction’s second event and the majority of the fight card has been announced, all except a few key bouts. Josh Barnett and Vitor Belfort have both been announced as participants for the January “Day of Reckoning” event, although they’ve yet to have opponents named. There’s still no word on who Belfort may fight, but a couple names have surfaced for Barnett.
Five Oz. is reporting that Brett Rogers is being considered as an opponent for Barnett. He’s still under ProElite contract but would be allowed to sign for the one fight.
Multiple sources have informed FiveOuncesOfPain.com within the last 24 hours that Affliction Entertainment officials are currently attempting to secure EliteXC-contracted heavyweight Brett Rogers for a possible Jan. 24 clash with Josh Barnett.
Rogers, a member of Team Bison MMA in St. Paul, is still under contract to EliteXC. Despite not being a free agent, he would be allowed to compete at the Jan. 24 event as ProElite, the parent company of EliteXC, is giving permission to many of its fighters to sign one-off deals with other promotions while it helps to reorganize.
Barnett would certainly be a step up in competition for Rogers, and absolutely a much tougher challenge than Kimbo Slice who he spent the past summer lobbying to fight. Not sure he’s ready, but it’s not exactly a foregone conclusion that Rogers will be his opponent.
Someone else is making the claim to be Barnett’s opponent—Aleksander Emelianenko. Here’s Aleks telling Sports.RU that he’s returning to the US to fight Barnett on Jan. 24.
– When and where you do plan to conduct the following battle?
– Already there is understanding, that on January 24 at the show, which organize the companies Of affliction and M -1 Of global, I will conduct match- revenge with the former champion OF UFC By [dzhoshom] by Barnett. But there is the probability that before this I will come out at the traditional new-year show in Japan. But the negotiations about this duel still continue.
It’s hard to tell what’s going on with Aleks half the time. He’s always so confident that something is going to happen even when everyone and everything says the complete opposite. And what about his ability to get licensed in California? Don’t get me wrong, I’d rather see Barnett vs. Aleks than Barnett vs. Rogers, but it just doesn’t seem likely Aleks will be the one.
In other news, Gegard Mousasi and Tatsuya Kawajiri will be competing in Japan NYE on the K-1 Dynamite!! 2008 card, but not in MMA. They will be competing in kickboxing matches under the K-1 rules. Their opponents will be Musashi and Takeda Kozo, respectively.