Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski (13-5) has signed with Affliction and will be officially introduced during tomorrow’s press conference with Donald Trump. Additionally, Trump will be announced as a “significant” equity partner in the upstart organization, which is set to host its debut event in Anaheim, California on July 19th.
The latest developments were reported earlier today by MMARated.com.
Arlovski will face IFL standout Ben Rothwell on the main card of the July 19th pay-per-view event. He last fought for the UFC in March, defeating Jake O’Brien via second-round TKO at UFC 82.
Headlined by top-ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko taking on another former UFC heavyweight champion, Tim Sylvia, the event also features Pedro Rizzo versus Josh Barnett, Matt Lindland versus Fabio Negao, Renato â€œBabaluâ€ Sobral versus Mike Whitehead, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira versus Vernon White, Paul Buentello versus Aleksander Emelianenko. In addition to the pay-per-view card, three of the event’s bouts will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net.
There is also speculation that, based on Trump’s soon to-be-announced involvement with Affliction, Tito Ortiz may also sign with the promotion in the near future. Ortiz, a former UFC light heavyweight champion who fulfilled his contract with the UFC in May, recently starred in a celebrity edition of “The Apprentice” reality show, which is hosted by Trump.
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