Photos by Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions – MMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko and former UFC heavyweight championship Andrei Arlovski, along with Affliction Entertainment, M-1 Global and Golden Boy Promotions gathered at the House of Blues today in Hollywood, Calif., for the final press conference and spoke about THIS SATURDAY’s Affliction M-1 “Day of Reckoning” pay-per-view event.
Fedor: Thanks to Andrei for this fight. I have great respect for him and am honored to fight him. Even after the fight, we will always remain friends.
Vladimir Voronov (Fedor’s trainer): Fedor had a wonderful training camp. He is in great shape. I want to wish everyone good luck on this card. We’re going to see a great night of action.
Andrei Arlovski: I am very glad to be part of such a great event that will go down in MMA history.
Freddie Roach: We had a great training camp. Andrei is ready. He is really focused. And of course, I wish Fedor luck. This is going to be good.
Oscar De La Hoya: Fedor and Arlovski, that is going to be an entertaining and explosive fight.
Golden Boy believes in the fighters, we believe in the sport.
Tom Atencio: This card speaks for itself. This will be a night to remember, a night of explosive fights, a night you definitely don’t want to miss.
Tito Ortiz: This is going to be exciting. Saturday you’ll see fireworks. The Fourth of July is coming early this year.
Gilbert Yvel: I want to thank everyone especially the commission for giving me a fair chance to fight. I thank Josh for accepting this fight.
Josh Barnett: It doesn’t matter what happens after this, all that matters is Gilbert is looking to make me another KO on his record and I can’t let that happen.
Promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and brought to you by Trump’s Affliction Entertainment and its partners, Donald J. Trump and M-1 Global, Affliction M-1 “Day of Reckoning” is scheduled for January 24, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA and live on Pay-Per-View. The loaded fight card includes 11 rousing bouts of fierce, full-throttle action headlined by Emelianenko vs. Arlovski. The six-fight blockbuster PPV telecast, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, features MMA stars Josh Barnett, Renato “Babalu” Sobral and Matt Lindland in separate bouts. Contact your Pay-Per-View provider to order. As a prelude to the highly anticipated PPV telecast, HDNet will televise live beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT five additional fights with the marquee match-up of Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Antonio Nogueira as the main event.
Ticket prices range from $50-$450 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster (available online at www.ticketmaster.com or at all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 714-740-2000) and at Honda Center Box Office (714-704-2500).