Today, thirteen years ago, one of the best heavyweight fights in MMA went bust in the US, but it’s not part of the UFC.
Back on July 19, 2008, Affliction held its first event – Affliction: Banned, which took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. This card has a heavyweight, premium match in the main event with the legend Fedor Emelianenko against the former UFC champion Tim Sylvia. Besides,Andrei Arlovski fought Ben Rothwell andJosh Barnett as Pedro Rizzo.
And for card fighting programming, the UFC brought in its middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, to fight in a UFC Fight Night event after offering five consecutive pay-per-view cards. Silva switched to the weight class to face tough veteran James Irvin at UFC Fight Night 14, which aired on Spike TV. It will be Silva’s only Fight Night performance in a decade, as he will rematch in a non-UFC pay-per-view in 2016 against Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night 84.
Take a look back at the stacked relevance: Forbidden in the video above.
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