The highly anticipated fight between Fedor Emelianenko and Josh Barnett at the Affliction Trilogy MMA show has been cancelled. The mega fight was scheduled to take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim on August 1st. The unforeseen license denial of Josh Barnett gave Affliction limited time to find a replacement and adequately promote the new main event.
â€œFinding an opponent for the number one ranked MMA heavy weight champion in such a short period of time was a huge endeavor and Iâ€™m thrilled at the amount of fighters willing to take on this challenge,â€ said Tom Atencio, vice president of Affliction Entertainment. â€œBut in the end, we just didnâ€™t have enough time to promote a new fight to our standards.â€
Affliction is deeply disappointed that the under card is also cancelled through no fault of its own. Affliction stands behind the companyâ€™s brands and delivers premium products to the most passionate and loyal customers. Afflictionâ€™s first priority is to ensure that all future events live up to the companyâ€™s high standards.
Ticket holders for the canceled event should contact Ticketmaster or ticketmaster.com for a refund.