Affliction: "Day of Reckoning" takes place tonight (January 24) from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., featuring the insane heavyweight showdown between WAMMA Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko and number one contender, Andrei Arlovski.
There are five fights slated for under card, which will air live on HDNet, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The HDNet broadcast will lead into the pay-per-view (PPV) portion of the event, which begins at 9 p.m. ET.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest Affliction results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action!)
AFFLICTION: "DAY OF RECKONING" QUICK RESULTS:
WAMMA Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko defeats Andrei Arlovski via knockout (punch) 3:14 of round one
Josh Barnett defeats Gilbert Yvel via submission (strikes) at 3:05 of round three
Vitor Belfort defeats Matt Lindland via knockout (strikes) at 0:37 of round one
Renato "Babalu" Sobral defeats Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou via submission (anaconda choke) at 2:36 of round two
Dan Lauzon defeats Bobby Green via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:55 of round one
Paul Buentello defeats Kiril Sidelnikov via technical knockout (doctor stoppage) at 4:18 of round three
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira defeats Vladimir Matyushenko via technical knockout (strikes) at 4:26 of round two
Jay Hieron defeats Jason High via knockout in round one
LC Davis defeats Bao Quach via unanimous decision
Albert Rios defeats Antonio Duarte via unanimous decision
Brett Cooper defeats Patrick Speight via technical knockout (strikes) at 4:10 of round two
AFFLICTION: "DAY OF RECKONING" BLOW-BY-BLOW LIVE MAIN CARD COMMENTARY:
WAMMA Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko vs. Andrei Arlovski (265-pound limit
Round one: Holy shit, they're both in the ring. This is about to happen! Damn! Here we go, we're underway. Arlovski with a leg kick. Fedor tries to grab it, but Arlovski pulls it away. Big miss with a right hand from Fedor and Arlovski answers with a big left. Fedor felt that one for sure. Nice leaning right from Arlovski. Leg kicks and body kicks from Arlovski. Fedor leans in with a right hand, left hand combo. They clinch and Fedor has Arlovski on the ropes. Arlovski is defending the takedown well. Fedor pushes him into the corner and works the knees. Hard dirty boxing from Fedor and after a lull Big John separates them. Arlovski takes the center and works the leg kicks. Nice right hand from Arlovski. Fedor's left eye is starting to swell. Big right hands from Arlovski followed by a straight kick that pushes Fedor back. Arlovski comes flying in for a flying knee and Fedor perfectly times an over hand right that floors The Pitbull! He's out cold!!! Wow! It just looked like Fedor got pissed off and unleashed hell with that right hand. Great ending to a great fight and a great card from Affliction. Awesome night of fights!
Final result: WAMMA Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko defeats Andrei Arlovski via knockout (punch) 3:14 of round one
Josh Barnett vs. Gilbert Yvel (265-pound limit)
Round one: Barnett takes the center. Charging right hand misses from Barnett. Jab from Barnett. Hard leg kick from Yvel! He tries a high kick and Barnett grabs his leg and drives him to the mat. He's working the ground and pound from half guard. Hard body shots and from Barnett. Yvel tries to stand but Barnett stays on him. He's looking for a kimura now, but Yvel escapes. He's looking for his arm again. Again he lets it go. Nice control from Barnett on the top and he takes side control. Yvel scrambles and gets back to half guard. Barnett goes right back to the kimura. Yvel defends, but gives up a full mount to Barnett. Barnett is raining down the ground and pound from there. Yvel is in deep trouble. Hammer fists from Barnett. Yvel gives up his back, but Barnett stays aggressive with strikes. He's pounding away on Yvel, but the ref is letting it go. The round ends with both guys getting to their feet and exchanges punches. Great round for Josh Barnett. 10-9 for him.
Round two: Yvel with a body kick. Barnett clinches and drives him to the ground hard. Side control immediately. He traps Yvel's arm and looks to pound on him. Yvel frees his arm, but Barnett is smothering him. Yvel takes half guard now. Barnett is looking for the kimura again. He lets go and looks to pass. Yvel tries to mount an offense from the bottom, but Barnett takes mount. He lands some elbows. Hammer fists and punches now from Barnett. Yvel doesn't appear to be in deep trouble, but he can't get Barnett off of him. He's actually landing some hard shots from the bottom. Barnett now starts to pour it on with less than a minute left in the round. Now he's starting to set up an armbar, but Yvel sweeps and takes the top position. He lands a couple hard shots as the bell rings. Barnett was in full mount nearly the entire round. His round again 10-9.
Round three: Barnett takes the center and stalks Yvel down to the ropes. Yvel flurries with punches and kicks, but Barnett grabs him and takes him right to the mat. He easily takes full mount again and starts in with the elbows and ground and pound. Yvel tries to buck out, but Barnett's control is too strong. He's putting on a clinic in this fight, but he can't finish the tough Dutch fighter. Yvel clearly can't get Barnett off of him, but he's taking everything he's got and hanging in there. Barnett flurries now and starts raining down some massive shots. Yvel turns and taps out ending the one sided beatdown.
Final result: Josh Barnett defeats Gilbert Yvel via submission (strikes) at 3:05 of round three
Matt Lindland vs. Vitor Belfort (185-pound limit)
Round one: No gloves touching here. Spinning leg kick from Vitor. He circles, then explodes with a devastating straight left hand that floors Lindland!!! Vitor pounces and lands a few unanswered shots before the referee steps in to stop it. Lindland is out cold. Wow! Lindland takes a long time to get up and needs help getting out of the ring. He was clearly out of it. Hopefully he'll be ok.
Final result: Vitor Belfort defeats Matt Lindland via knockout (strikes) at 0:37 of round one
Renato "Babalu" Sobral vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (205-pound limit)
Round one: Babalu walks out slowly and confidently and the gloves touch. They feel each other out and they there's a nice exchange with a hard leg kick from Soko. Babalu takes the center of the ring now and Soko kicks and Babalu tries to capitalize with a takedown. Soko tries to throw him to the mat and they get the for a second and Babalu stands right back up. They clinch and Babalu works the knees. Big John steps in after a lull and separates them. Sobral misses on a high kick and they clinch again. Babalu tries to get Soko's back and Soko leans out of the ropes. Big John stops it and resets them. They get right back to the mat with Soko on top. He works the elbows from there. Soko stands and Babalu works back to his feet. A nice judo throw from Soko now but Babalu stays clinched and gets right back up. They're in the corner now with Babalu latched onto Soko's leg looking for a takedown. He lets go and starts working some knees. Big John separates them. Straight kick from Babalu. The round ends there. Nice round for Soko. We give it to him 10-9.
Round two: Nice uppercut from Soko countering a right hand from Babalu. Sobral now with a nice combo with his left hand. Babalu now with a takedown and he's raining down hard punches. He stands for leverage and lands more shots from there. To half guard now and he's looking for a choke. He lets go and rains down more nasty ground and pound. Soko is trying to use the ropes for defense and Big John stops it and moves them to the center. Babalu stands and passes to half guard. He's looking for mount now, but Soko defends. North south position now for Babalu. He's looking for an anaconda choke and he sinks it in and Soko taps out.
Final result: Renato "Babalu" Sobral defeats Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou via submission (anaconda choke) at 2:36 of round two
Dan Lauzon vs. Bobby Green (155-pound limit)
Round one: And we're underway! Green comes in with a hard overhand right. Lauzon backs up and makes him pay with a hard left hand. They separate and Green charges forward again, this time with a nasty flying knee. He stays on the attack and gets Lauzon backed up into the corner. The action gets stopped momentarily because of a low blow from Green. Green is the clear aggressor so far in this fight. Lauzon takes the full five minutes allowed to him and we get back to it. Lauzon with a body kick. Now he shoots and ends up on his back. They both try to stand and Green slams Lauzon back to the mat with a belly to back suplex. Lauzon rolls over to his back and looks for a triangle. He could have something. Green escapes and they get back to their feet. Green charges forward and lands another low blow that causes a stop in the action, this time a hard knee...ouch. The referee warms Green that another one of those will cost him a point. Lauzon takes his time recovering again and we finally get a restart. Green is stalking and Lauzon on the ropes and lands a hard leg kick. They lock up momentarily then separate. Green with another kick and damn, it's another low blow and we have another halt in the action. Herb Dean, after some discussion with ringside officials, decides to take a point from Green. Back underway and Lauzon takes the center. now he's getting backed up again and finds his back in the corner. Green grabs a leg and gets the takedown. He works some ground and pound and Lauzon scrambles and looks for a leg lock. Green rolls out but Lauzon takes his back. He works for and secures a deep rear naked choke. Green had no choice but to tap out with less than 10 seconds remaining. Weird fight, but a good fight.
Final result: Dan Lauzon defeats Bobby Green via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:55 of round one
Paul Buentello vs. Kiril Sidelnikov (265-pound limit)
Round one: Gloves touch and we're underway. They exchange nice jabs. Kiril misses a hard one two combo. Buentello with a nice jab. Leg kick from Kiril. They clinch now with Buentello backed up against the ropes. Nice dirty boxing from Kiril. He has Buentello in the corner now. Buentello punches and pushes his way out and they're back in the center of the ring. Nice leg kick from Kiril. Big right hand from Kiril and he charges back into a clinch. Buentello reverses and now has Kiril in the corner. He works a few knees and Kiril now reverses and puts Buentello in the corner. Big punches from Kiril and the separate. Nice kick from Buentello. Kiril answers with one of his own. Jabs from Buentello now. Kiril stalks him into the corner and leads with a huge right hand that just misses. They clinch up and Kiril works some more dirty boxing and some more knees as well. Buentello pushes out again and they separate. Buentello lands a big right hand and a few jabs before they clinch again. Kiril is bleeding from his eye now. Nice knee from Buentello and Kiril answers with a big left hand to end the round. Great round. We'll score it 10-9 for Kiril.
Round two: Jabs from Buentello to start the round. Kiril kicks and stumbles but recovers. Nice one two from Buentello. Body shot from Buentello. Another stiff jab. Buentello is clearly winning the stand up exchanges now. Big right hand, left hand combo from Buentello. Kiril tries to punch and eats a straight kick to the gut. More jabs from Buentello. Leg kick from Kiril. Buentello gets hit with a nice left hand and he looks wobbly. Kiril smells blood and charges in. Buentello recovers in the corner and they're clinched now. Nice leg kick from Kiril but he pays by eating a punch from Buentello. Kiril shoots and Buentello sprawls and gets back to his feet. Huge left hand from Buentello, but Kiril doesn't look fazed. His face his bloodied up now and Buentello keeps landing punches. High kick from Kiril. Buentello with anther hard charging right hand. Buentello tries to line Kiril up for a high kick now, but misses. Big jab from Buentello. Another. The round ends with Buentello sizing the Russian up for another punch. Definitely 10-9 for Buentello.
Round three: Jab from Buentello followed up by a body shot. Another body shot. Kiril with a nice right hand and a leg kick. They exchange jabs. Buentello has landed a million jabs in this fight. His boxing is clearly better than the Russian's. More jabs from Buentello. Straight kick from Kiril. Big uppercut from Buentello but Kiril again just eats it. He's got an iron chin for sure. He charges with a wild combination, but Buentello dodges and gets a takedown. He doesn't stay there long and they're back on their feet. He lands another hard jab! Kiril loses his mouthpiece and we get a momentary stop. Back underway and the Russian has already eaten another three or four stiff jabs. Kiril looks very tired and ready for this fight to be over, but Buentello stays on him. Again Kiril loses his mouthpiece, and the crowd voices their disapproval with some boos. Big John stops the fight again and gets the word from the ringside doctor to stop the fight.
Final result: Paul Buentello defeats Kiril Sidelnikov via technical knockout (doctor stoppage) at 4:18 of round three