Welcome to MMAFrenzy.com’s live coverage of Affliction: Day of Reckoning, which takes place tonight at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
The event is headlined by a heavyweight showdown between top-ranked heavyweight and current WAMMA title-holder Fedor Emelianenko and former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski. Josh Barnett vs. Gilbert Yvel, Vitor Belfort vs. Matt Lindland, and Renato “Babalu” Sobral vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou will also be featured on the eleven-bout card.
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Affliction: Day of Reckoning Play-by-Play
PATRICK SPEIGHT VS. BRETT COOPER
Round 1 — There’s a sparse crowd in the stands for tonight’s opening bout. Both fighters start slow, with little finding its mark. An uppercut by Cooper sets up a solid combination but Speight answers with a kick to the body. Cooper has Speight backpedaling with a series of combinations. Speight shoots for a takedown but Cooper sprawls and ends up on top but quickly returns to his feet. Speight remains on his back and prevents Cooper from inflicting much damage before the round ends. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Cooper.
Round 2 — Left by Speight opens the second then Cooper counters, connecting with a jab and cross. Both fighters connect in the center of the ring to the pleasure of the growing crowd. Cooper hurts Speight with a combo and Speight pulls guard but Cooper keeps up the attack with ground and pound. Speight looking for a triangle choke from the bottom but he’s unsuccessful. Cooper backs away and a bloodied Speight follows. Cooper follows up a combination with a right uppercut that sends Speight to the canvas. Two more punches finish of Speight in the closing minute of the second round.
Brett Cooper def. Patrick Speight via TKO (strikes) — Round 2, 4:10
ANTONIO DUARTE VS. ALBERT RIOS
Round 1 — Rios opens up with a jab and Duarte answers with a punches and a kick. Rios sets up a single leg with a left and eventually drags Duarte to the canvas. Rios working from Duarte’s guard briefly but returns to his feet. Duarte drops Rios with a right and they head back to the ground and fight for position. Back on their feet Duarte throws another power shot but it misses and Rios shoots in and eventualy gets the takedown. They again stand up and both attempt standing guillotines but are unsuccessful. Brief exchange between the fighters before the round concludes. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Duarte.
Round 2 — The fighters trade to open the second. Rios scores a takedown but they’re quickly back up.Rios presses forward with punches but Duarte answers with low kicks. Rios shoots and eventually gets Duarte to the ground. Rios transitions into side control but Duarte escapes back to his feet. Duarte misses and Rios capitalizes with a left and kick. Duarte forces Rios against the ropes with a combo but Rios escapes and retaliates. Another takedown atempt by Rios late in the round, but Duarte is able to remain on his feet. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Rios.
Round 3 — Hard right by Rios opens the final frame. Duarte unable to connect before Rios again connects with a punch and kick. An even series of strikes ensues as both fighters trade. Rios remains the aggressor, shooting for another takedown but Duarte sprawls to remain on his feet. Rios refuses to give up and continue to try to get Duarte to the canvas but he’s unsuccessful. Both fighters again trade punches and kicks to close out the bout. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Rios and the fight 29-28 Rios.
Albert Rios def. Antonio Duarte via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
L.C. DAVIS VS. BAO QUACH
Round 1 — Quach slips on a early low kick and Davis shoots for a takedown. Quach is able to remain standing but Davis presses him against the ropes and works to get him to the canvas. Davis backs away then attempts another takedown but Quach grabs a guillotine. Davis escapes and the fighters return to their feet, but Davis quickly takes Quach back to the ground. Davis secures a guillotine in a scramble but Quach survives then escapes to the top. Another scramble and Quach takes Davis’ back and locks in a deep rear naked choke but Davis is able to survive to the bell. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Quach.
Round 2 — The fighters trade kicks then clinch before Quach gets Davis to the ground and moves to side control. Davis pulls guard on a submission attempt then reverses into Quach’s guard in a scramble. Davis lands big downward punches in the corner but Quach survives and the fighters return to their feet. Davis quickly shoots for another takedown but Quach uses the ropes to stay standing and the fighters remain clinched to close out the second. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Davis.
Round 3 — Davis and Quach quickly clinch and head to the ground with Davis on top. Punches from the top by Davis, who transitions to side control. Quach gives up his back briefly but reverses to the top. Davis works punches from the bottom as Quach provides little offense. Davis stands and quickly has Quach back on the ground. Ground and pound from the top by Davis. Quach looks for submission and attempts to escapes but Davis continues to pound away for the remainder of the round. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Davis and the fight 29-28 Davis.
L.C. Davis def. Bao Quach via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
VLADIMIR MATYUSHENKO VS. ANTONIO ROGERIO NOGUEIRA
Round 1 — Both fighters are tentative early, though Nogueira appears the aggressor, stalking Matyushenko around the ring while delivering occasional left and right hooks. Matyuskenko stepping in and out looking for an opening, but both fighters are offering little offense. Nogueira connects with a knee to the body late but it’s a disappointingly slow opening round. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Nogueira.
Round 2 — Left by Matyushenko briefly stuns Nogueira early in the second. Matyushenko works more punches, connecting with several solid combinations that Nogueira fends off. Nogueira winds up with a power punch but misses. The pace quickly slows back to that of the first as both fighters throw occasional punches that rarely land. Nogueira lands several big knees to the body in the round’s final minute then surprisingly finishes Matyushenko off with a knee to the face and several punches on the ground.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Vladimir Matyushenko via TKO (strikes) — Round 2, 4:26
The HDNet-broadcast preliminary card has now concluded and the event is at intermission until the PPV main card begins at 9pm ET. Jay Hieron vs. Jason High, which was scrapped from the preliminary card due to time constraints, has been designated as a swing bout and is likely to take place after tonight’s main event between Fedor Emelianenko and Andrei Arlovski.
DAN LAUZON VS. BOBBY GREEN
Round 1 — Wild punches by Green in the opening seconds with several connecting. Green has Lauzon backing away with kicks and knees, but a low kick catches Lauzon in the groin and the bout is temporarily halted to allow Lauzon to recover. After an extended break Lauzon is ready to continue and the fighters resume their frantic pace with Lauzon quickly closing the distance and pulling guard. The fighters scramble and Green dumps Lauzon back to the canvas. Quickly back on their feet, Green slips on a kick and Lauzon goes for a triangle but Green escapes and stands. The fighters clinch against the ropes but Green again hits Lauzon in the groin and after another break we’re back underway. After a brief exchange with little damage in the center of the ring Green hits Lauzon low again and two points are deducted by referee Herb Dean, though the crowd and announcers question whether Lauzon is just acting on the questionable kicks. We again resume and Green goes for a single leg and drags Lauzon to the canvas. Green moves into side control then goes for the mount but Lauzon escapes then takes Green’s back in a scramble and works a rear naked choke in the closing seconds. Green taps with just five-seconds left in the round.
Dan Lauzon def. Bobby Green via submission (rear naked choke) — Round 1, 4:55
Between the bouts Tito Ortiz says there are 14,000 spectators in attendance for tonight’s event.
PAUL BENTELLO VS. KIRIL SIDELNIKOV (In progress…)
Round 1 — The heavyweights touch gloves and we’re underway. Buentello connects early with a left and jabs that quickly swell his opponent’s face but Sidelnikov fires back. Both fighters are aggressive early and throwing powerful punches. The fighters briefly clinch in the corner and Sidelnikov works punches but Buentello escapes. They return to the middle of the ring but again clinch in the corner with Sidelnikov getting the better of the close exchanges. Jab-uppercut by Buentello connects as the fighters continue to separate then clinch. The fighters struggle for position against the ropes with Buentello landing hard knees to the body before the end of the first. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Buentello.
Round 2 — Sidelnikov opens the second aggressively with kicks, but Buentello fires back with a body shot and jab. Buentello continues to find his mark with punches, but Sidelnikov finally connects with a series of punches that send Buentello backpedaling. A flurry of punches by Sidelnikov, but Buentello appears unaffected. Sidelnikov shoots for a takedown but Buentello easily avoids then blasts Sidelnikov with a big shot. Buentello continues to dominate the remainder of the round with superior striking, mixing jabs with a variety of other strikes. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Buentello.
Round 3 — Buentello continues to pick Sidelnikov apart with punches in the third. Sidelnikov gets sloppy and Buentello briefly grabs a choke but lets Sidelnikov return to his feet. Buentello rocks his opponent with punches as Sidelnikov drops his hands and staggers around the ring. Sidelnikov loses his mouthpiece, getting a brief reprieve to recover The action resumes and Buentello continues to blast Sidelnikov with punches. Sidelnikov loses his mouthpiece for the second time in the round and the ringside doctor takes a brief look at the mouse under his left eye before bout is waved off.
Paul Buentello def. Kiril Sidelnikov via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) — Round 3, 4:18
RENATO SOBRAL VS. RAMEAU THIERRY SOKOUDJOU
Round 1 — Both fighters connect early with punches and kicks. Sobral closes the distance and clinches. Sobral tries for a toss but Sokoudjou falls on top of him. They immediately return to the clinchbut are separated after Sokoudjou’s hand gets caught in the ropes. Sobral immediately shoots again but Sokoudjou defends and ends up on top. Strong ground and pound by Sokoudjou rocks Sobral. The fighters scramble back to their feet then clinch. The action lulls and the fighters are separated and restarted. Kicks to the body by Sobral before the first round concludes. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Sokoudjou.
Round 2 — Sokoudjou has the edge early in the second with superior punching but Sobral finally takes Sokoudjou to the canvas. After a series of ground and pound from the top by Sobral the fighters are recentered and Sobral works quickly to get to half guard. Sobral tries unsuccessfully to transition to mount then secures an anaconda choke that forces Sokoudjou to tap.
Renato Sobral def. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou via submission (anaconda choke) — Round 2, 2:36
During the HBO broadcast of Antonio Margarito-Shane Mosley broadcaster Larry Merchant stated that Oscar De La Hoya was paid $5 million to be personally involved with Day of Reckoning. De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotion’s is promoting both events, which are taking place withing 30-minutes of one another in southern California.
VITOR BELFORT VS. MATT LINDLAND
Round 1 — Belfort drops Lindland to the canvas with a left and finishes him off with several consecutive punches on the ground with the last one knocking Lindland out cold.
Vitor Belfort def. Matt Lindland via KO (punches) — Round 1, 0:37
JOSH BARNETT VS. GILBERT YVEL
Round 1 — The fighters throw strikes early but nothing connects. Barnett grabs a leg and drags Yvel to the ground, then is quickly into Yvel’s half guard where he works ground and pound from the top. Barnett attempts a kimura but Yvel defends. Barnett continues to work submissions on Yvel’s left arm but Yvel continues to escape the holds. Barnett into side control briefly but Yvel scrambles back into half guard. Barnett passes to mount and drops bombs for the final minute but Yvel escapes back to his feet in the final seconds and surprisingly makes it to the second round. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Barnett.
Round 2 — The fighters immediately clinch to start the second and Barnett is almost immediately back on top of Yvel on the ground. Barnett gets mount and holds Yvel to the ground, working hard ground and pound. Yvel answers Barnett’s continued ground and pound with strong punches from the bottom. Barnett goes for an armbar and Yvel capitalizes , reversing to the top of Barnett and throwing several hard punches to close out the round. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Barnett.
Round 3 — Yvel connects with punches in the opening seconds but Barnett again takes control, slamming Yvel to the canvas and quickly passing to mount. Barnett resumes the ground and pound assault from the top, eventually inflicting enough damage to force Yvel to tap out to the punches.
Josh Barnett def. Gilbert Yvel via submission (strikes) — Round 3, 3:05
FEDOR EMELIANENKO (C) VS. ANDREI ARLOVSKI
WAMMA Heavyweight Championship
Round 1 — Arlovski opens with a big kick to the body. Big right by Arlovski lands. Leg kicks by Arloski as Emelianenko loads up his punches but misses. They clinch and Arlovski looks for a trip takedown but Fedor remains standing and presses Arlovski against the corner. Inside punches by Emelienko in the clinch. The fighters are separated by Big John and restarted. Arlovski misses with a right hand but connects with a punch to the body. Push kick by Arlovski backs Emelienko into the corner. Arlovski attempts a flying knee but Fedor connects with an overhand right to Arlovski’s chin that puts him out cold on the canvas.
Fedor Emelianenko (c) def. Andrei Arlovski via KO (punch) — Round 1, 3:34
JAY HIERON VS. JASON HIGH (swing bout)
Round 1 — High presses forward in the opening minute but Hieron blasts him with a right that collapses him to the canvas.
Jay Hieron def. Jason High via KO (punches) — Round 1, 1:04
Affliction: Day of Reckoning Quick Results
- Fedor Emelianenko (c) def. Andrei Arlovski via KO (punch) — Round 1, 3:34
WAMMA Heavyweight Championship
- Josh Barnett def. Gilbert Yvel via submission (strikes) — Round 3, 3:05
- Vitor Belfort def. Matt Lindland via KO (punches) — Round 1, 0:37
- Renato Sobral def. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou via submission (anaconda choke) — Round 2, 2:36
- Paul Buentello def. Kiril Sidelnikov via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) — Round 3, 4:18
- Dan Lauzon def. Bobby Green via submission (rear naked choke) — Round 1, 4:55
- Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Vladimir Matyushenko via TKO (strikes) — Round 2, 4:26
- Jay Hieron def. Jason High via KO (punches) — Round 1, 1:04
- L.C. Davis def. Bao Quach via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Albert Rios def. Antonio Duarte via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Brett Cooper def. Patrick Speight via TKO (strikes) — Round 2, 4:10