Middleweight Vitor Belfort has agreed in principle to replace Josh Barnett, who tested positive for steroids in an out-of-competition drug test, and fight heavyweight Emelianenko in the main event of “Trilogy” at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, according to MMAjunkie.
Financial negotiations are ongoing between Belfort and Affliction, with the promotion expected to formally announce a replacement later today.
If Belfort is secured as a replacement, the fight must still be approved by the California State Athletic Commission, which has not yet been formally informed of the rumored matchup.
“I’ve heard that rumor as well and that has not been proposed to us and it is not even something we’re looking at seriously right now. No one has even approached us with that. Not to say they’re not going to approach us with it but no one has said anything about it at this time,” Assistant Executive Officer Bill Douglas told Bloody Elbow.