Another huge heavyweight fight is being discussed and could officially be added to the Affliction: "Day of Reckoning" event, which is slated for the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on January 24, within the next few days.
Former Elite XC standout Brett "The Grim" Rogers (8-0) could be the next opponent to face off against former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh "The Babyface Assassin" Barnett (23-5), according to a FiveOuncesOfPain.com report.
Barnett is coming off a one punch, highlight reel-type knockout over Pedro Rizzo at the first Affliction event back in July. Before that he competed twice in Japan on Sengoku cards against Hidehiko Yoshida and Jeff Monson. "The Babyface Assassin" was victorious in both bouts with a third round submission (heel hook) and a unanimous decision, respectively.
The former Pride FC star will look to make it four in a row against a fast rising, yet still unproven star in Brett Rogers.
"Grim" is one of many fighters still caught up in the Pro Elite fighter contracts fiasco. Like most of the ex-Elite XC stars, his contract status is still in limbo following the demise of the promotion last month.
During his eight-fight career he's never been taken out of the first round and has stopped each of his opponents with strikes. However, names like Jon Murphy, James Thompson and Ralph Kelly are nowhere near the skill level of a guy like Barnett.
This is a massive step up in competition for Rogers. And his all around game will certainly be put to the test on January 24.
He'll likely come in as an under dog, but "Grim" is always one punch away from ending a fight. Without question, Rogers will have to bring his "A" game to the Honda Center to have a chance to win this one ... but so, too, will Barnett.
Rogers is not going to be an easy fight for anybody.
The Affliction guys deserve some credit for rescuing Rogers from MMA purgatory if the bout comes to fruition. Nobody wants to see these ex-Pro Elite fighters on the sidelines anymore, especially exciting fighters like Brett Rogers. Kudos to them for getting this guy back in action.
"Day of Reckoning" will air live on pay-per-view (PPV) on fight night beginning at 9 p.m. ET. HDNet will also air some of the under card matches before the main card broadcast on PPV.
Antonio "Rogerio" Nogueira and Vladimir Matyushenko will square off in the featured fight of the HDNet portion of the card while WAMMA Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei "The Pitbull" Arlovski square off in the highly anticipated main event.