Aleksander Emelianenko to fight on January Affliction Card
"The Russian heavyweight revealed that he will be heading to the USA soon to film promotional videos for the event.
“I am going back to the States next week to do interviews and make some film for the January event,” he said.
CSAC never revealed a specific reason for the removal but rumours circulated that Emelianenko had been found to have Hepatitis B.
“That is not true, these rumours about medical problems are not true,” he stated. “I was removed from the card because of problems with my paperwork.”
“My visa came late for the USA, I arrived two days late and it meant that I could not complete necessary paperwork on time.
“But there will be no problem this time - everything is cool."
Aleksander Emelianenko will likely face either his original opponent for Affliction BANNED, Paul Buentello or he will face Josh Barnett who approached Aleksander backstage during the July PPV and challenged him in dramatic fashion.
Both Paul Buentello and Josh Barnett are left without opponents after the original plans for the October 11th card that featured Paul Buentello vs. Roy Nelson and Josh Barnett vs. Andrei Arlovski were scrapped. Roy Nelson, Buetello's original opponenet, is set to face Arlovski, Barnett's original opponent, during EliteXC HEAT on October 4th. According to Tom Atencio the winner of that CBS Nelson vs. Arlovski fight will face Fedor Emelianenko for the WAMMA title come January. Stay tuned for any official annoucements concerning Aleksanders' opponent.