The best news to come out of Affliction's second event shuffling, is Fedor Emelianenko will fight on the January card. Originally, Fedor was scheduled to fight Andrei Arlovski at the October 11th event. A hand injury forced the WAMMA Heavyweight Champion out of the fight and Josh Barnett was chosen as the replacement opponent for Arlovski. The new date for the event will allow Fedor time to heal and be ready to face whoever Affliction lines up for him.
Affliction COO Michael Cohen did not elaborate on who would face Fedor or about any of the other possible fights for the January card. He did say, "We are considering changing the combatants. We have not finalized that at this time. That is as a result of the issues to be revealed at the announcement.” That sounds like they will produce a different fight card for the rescheduled event. It would not make sense to match-up Fedor with an opponent other than Arlovski. The logical thing would be Fedor/Arlovski in the main event and Josh Barnett vs Tim Sylvia on the undercard. This gives Affliction two high profile heavyweight fights and a main event for their third event between the two winners.
Another intriguing rumor being floated around is Affliction is close to signing Tito Ortiz (yes, for the millionth time). Ortiz would have never been ready to fight on the October card, but by January he will be set to go. A pay-per-view featuring Fedor and Ortiz would be a major success for Affliction. It is sure to sell-out and the PPV numbers could be even better than their first show, which ended up selling approximately 100,000 buys. Last month I wrote about their need to make the second event better than the first. It seems the message took awhile, but eventually Affliction realized going through with a subpar sequel was not in their best interest.