Who Will Fedor Fight Instead of Josh Barnett for Affliction 3?
By Garrett Bailey
There have been some reports by various sites with sources telling them that Affliction will counter-program(if you can consider it counter-programming) UFC 100 July 11. That is not even the interesting part, or the let down. Fedor won’t fight Josh Barnett, even though Tom Atencio said that they would. Whatever transpired that made that fight not possible is a huge blow to the counter-programming. I’ve heard that people will watch Affliction 3 because of that fight instead of UFC 100. Now it isn’t happening.
“The fans will have ZERO problem with Fedor’s opponent” says one source from Sherdog.com. Zero problem? Really? They are still promising a stacked card with Tim Sylvia possibly fighting Paul Buentello. But knowing Afflictions history they will be matched against lesser fighters. The chips were thought to be layed on a Fedor/Barnett fight and the odds were a bit more even than they are now. The ground is shaky with Affliction stating that “We aren’t stupid. We aren’t bringing a knife to a gun fight.” It seems they’re bringing a toothpick to a machine gun fight. UFC 100 is huge.
I like Affliction, and it seems they are suiciding themselves without even knowing it. They can say all they want about sticking around for a long time, but these actions won’t allow them too.
Who will fight Fedor instead of Josh?