by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko returns to the States and returns to
fighting top competition July 19 when he takes on former UFC heavyweight
titleholder Tim Sylvia in the main event of Affliction “Banned” at the Honda
Center in Anaheim, Calif.
regarded as the best fighter in the world, Emelianenko solidified his place in
the Japanese Rings and Pride organizations, obtaining the Pride belt by
defeating current UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at Pride 25
in March of 2003. But since defeating Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic
at Pride: Final Conflict 2005, Emelianenko has received criticism for not
competing against top tier talent.
ranked No. 1 in the world, Emelianenko in a lot of ways has to re-establish himself
in the heavyweight division. In his second appearance in the U.S., he seeks
to silence the critics when he squares off against Top 5 ranked Tim Sylvia for
the WAMMA heavyweight title.
can you say that the guy is the number one fighter in the world if there’s
different organizations not willing to work with each other?" said Affliction
vice president Tom Atencio. "If there is even a shadow of a doubt
that this guy is not the best, how can you say he’s the best in the world worthy
of a belt of even the title if he’s not fighting everybody?"
"Fedor’s willing to come
over here and put his title on the line," added
Atencio. "Everybody says he’s the number one fighter in the
world. Well here’s one step closer to being it if he beats Tim Sylvia."