CBS, EliteXC, and Affliction jointly announced the matchup earlier today.
Both Nelson and Arlovski are under contract with Affliction, indicating that the promotions are willing to work together to challenge the UFC’s position as the top mixed martial arts promotion in the world. Affliction also recently announced a partnership with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotion’s to promote events featuring both MMA and boxing.
Arlovski was to meet Josh Barnett in the main event of Affliction “Day of Reckoning” on October 11th while Nelson was to take on Paul Buentello on the event’s preliminary card. The event was recently resceheduled for early-2009 leaving Arlovski and Nelson open to clash on October 4th.
The main card for EliteXC “Heat”, which will be broadcast live on CBS, also features Kevin â€œKimbo Sliceâ€ Ferguson vs. Ken Shamrock, 170-pound champion Jake Shields vs. Paul Daley for the EliteXC Welterweight Championship, Gina Carano vs. Kelly Kobold, and Benji Radach vs. Murilo â€œNinjaâ€ Rua.