So there will be no fight between Fedor Emelianko and Josh Barnett. In fact, there will be no event at all, not that Affliction has cancelled its “Trilogy” event in the wake of Barnett’s positive test for performance-enhancing drugs.
Tough blow for Affliction, which had put together some compelling fights and at times has been a half-decent rival for UFC. You have to wonder now whether Affliction can rebound or whether it’s just another example of an MMA league crumbling while UFC continues to dominate.
From the Affliction press release announcing the cancellation:
“Finding an opponent for the number one ranked MMA heavy weight champion in such a short period of time was a huge endeavor and I’m thrilled at the amount of fighters willing to take on this challenge,” said Tom Atencio, vice president of Affliction Entertainment. “But in the end, we just didn’t have enough time to promote a new fight to our standards.”
Affliction is deeply disappointed that the under card is also cancelled through no fault of its own. Affliction stands behind the company’s brands and delivers premium products to the most passionate and loyal customers. Affliction’s first priority is to ensure that all future events live up to the company’s high standards