A reliable source speaking on the condition of anonyomity revealed to Five Ounces of Pain that Emelianenko has been dealing with a lingering hand injury that will make it virtually impossible for him to be ready in time for Affliction’s October show at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
According to the source Arlovski is still going to headline the event and Josh Barnett has been named as a possible replacement for Emelianenko.
To back up that rumor, the Thomas & Mack Center website has the event listed as:
Affliction II coming to Las Vegas featuring Arlovski vs. TBD!
An Andrei Arlovski vs. Josh Barnett main event is going to be a harder sell to the casual fan, who Affliction is relying on make their promotion a success. Affliction better get Tito Ortiz on board to draw fans who don’t recognize names like Barnett, Belfort or Lindland.