Former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko cemented his status as the world’s top heavyweight and one of its best pound-for-pound fighters with a 36-second victory over former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia in the main event of Affliction “Banned”.
The ten-bout event took place on Saturday, July 19th, in front of a sold out crowd of 13,988 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Sylvia came out punching at the opening of the bout but just seconds in Emelianenko floored Sylvia with several quick-but-powerful punch combinations. On the ground Fedor continued the barrage, pounding on Sylvia before sinking in hooks and securing a rear naked choke that forced Sylvia to tap out just 36 seconds into the championship contest.
Emelianenko, long-regarded as the best heavyweight but doubted over the strength of his opponents, was crowned the first-ever WAMMA heavyweight champion following the first-round submission victory while Sylvia looks to regroup after dropping his second straight bout and third of his past four.
“You never know how short or long the fight will be, but I just wanted to end it as quickly as possible. I just wanted to show the fans my skills,” said Fedor following the victory. “I would be very honored to fight Randy Couture.”
“I was amazed at how good he is. The guyâ€™s a stud. I donâ€™t think heâ€™s human. Heâ€™s incredible. I donâ€™t think anybodyâ€™s going to beat him for a while,” remarked Sylvia following the defeat.
Former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski displayed superior striking in his matchup with IFL standout Ben Rothwell, stopping his opponent with a right-uppercut combination early in the third round to earn the knockout victory.
“I think they got their moneyâ€™s worth tonight. I did a lot of work on my boxing,” said Arlovski following the knockout win. “I want to fight Fedor, Josh or anybody Affliction chooses.”
Following a slow first round between Josh Barnett and Pedro Rizzo the pace picked up in the second as both fighters were content to trade. Barnett connected with a vicious left hook that dropped Rizzo to the canvas and finished him off with several more shots on the ground before Referee Herb Dean halted the bout at 1:44 of the second.
After a paced opening frame featherweight Mark Hominick submitted Savant Young via armbar at 4:25 of the second.
Former UFC light heavyweight title challenger Renato “Babalu” Sobral was victorious in his return, defeating Mike Whitehead via unanimous decision by utilizing crisp and accurate striking.
Matt Lindland overwhelmed Fabio Negao to earn a unanimous decision victory with scores of 30-27, 30-27, and 30-26.
“He was so damn tough. He was the real deal,” said Lindland of his opponent following the bout.
As expected, heavy favorite Antonio Rogerio Nogueira stopped Edwin Dewees with a combination at 4:06 of the opening round.
Vitor Belfort stopped Terry Martin in the second round of their middleweight contest with a flying knee followed by an uppercut-left combination that collapsed Martin into the ropes.
Paul Buentello was unable to finish off late replacement Gary Goodridge but did enough to earn a unanimous decision victory.
Mike Pyle defeated JJ Ambrose with a rear naked choke at 2:51 of the opening round.
A scheduled bout between Ray Lamaza and Justin Levens was canceled due to time constraints but both fighters were paid their base salary as well as a bonus.
- Fedor Emelianenko def. Tim Sylvia via submission – Round 1, 0:36
WAMMA Heavyweight Championship
- Andrei Arlovski def. Ben Rothwell via KO – Round 3, 1:13
- Josh Barnett def. Pedro Rizzo via KO – Round 2, 1:44
- Mark Hominick def. Savant Young via submission – Round 2, 4:25
- Renato â€œBabaluâ€ Sobral def. Mike Whitehead via unanimous decision
- Matt Lindland def. Fabio Negao via unanimous decision
- Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Edwin Dewees via TKO – Round 1, 4:06
- Mike Pyle def. J.J. Ambrose via submission – Round 1, 2:51
- Vitor Belfort def. Terry Martin via KO – Round 2, 3:12
- Paul Buentello def. Gary Goodridge via unanimous decision