It was the most stacked card we’d ever seen in the crazy world of mixed martial arts.
Affliction: Banned lived up to the hype. A stacked heavyweight card didn’t disappoint.
Headlined with the best fighter in the world, regardless of what Dana White says, in Fedor Emelianenko and the poster boy of the UFC’s heavyweight division in Tim Sylvia.
The supporting cast including #3 ranked heavyweight in the world in Josh Barnett fighting the only man ever to knock him out in UFC legend Pedro Rizzo, and #5 heavyweight in the world in Andrei Arlovski fighting the best heavyweight to come out of Bas Ruttens IFL in Ben Rothwell.
Add a famed Olympic wrestler in Matt Lindland and fan favourite Babalu Sobral to the mix, and you’re going to have every true MMA fan licking their chops.
Sadly, I didn’t see this fight live.
I let my friends work their peer pressure and put my chip of the $10 for the PPV, to get beer and pizza and watch the free UFC Card, and I did. So I didn’t see Affliction: Banned until today.
Ill do my ratings, if you don’t know them by now, go look at my other to get the scoring system.
I haven’t been reading what other people have been saying about the event, but then again I don’t really care. This is Audibly Offensive, and Patrick Swafford ‘hired’ me for my opinion, and my opinion on Affliction: Banned was that it was a big success.
Megadeth kinda killed the show off, and is wasn’t needed, and Michael Buffer calling WWF wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin just ‘Stone Steve Austin’. The fights were really good. Ill break them down.
Babalu Sobral v/s Mike Whitehead
I fast forwarded this fight after the second round, so forgive me if I missed anything. This in my opinion was the second weakest fight on the card.
I was hoping for a lot, as both are excellent fighters, but it was just both were very cautious in the first, standing, and in the second when they went down to the ground, it was like two turtles dry humping each other.
In the end, Renato Sobral got the decision.
Matt Lindland v/s Fabio Negao
Another sleeper through my eyes.
The typical wrestler v/s striker kind of fight, and I damn well nearly fell asleep in this one. The worst fight on the card, I can’t sum it up, it was just brutal.
Lindland wins via Decesion.
After a pretty slow start, they showed some of the undercard fights, and they were pretty damn good. I wont rate them, as they weren’t a part of the official televised card, but I might as well mention them.
Canadian Mark Hominick defeated Savant Young with an armbar in a very good match, lots of ‘out of nowhere’ strikes from Hominick and Young had a few of his own.
The other they showed was Little Nog, in Antonio Rogerio Nogueira defeating Edwin Dewees in a sick fasion, via KO. It was a huge knockout, the second best I saw all night, and was a very good match for as long as it lasted. Better than anything I saw on the UFC fight night card to be honest.
Back to the main card.
Andrei Arlovski v/s Ben Rothwell
Arlovski has came back.
After a rough patch in the UFC, we saw the Arlovski that was tearing through the competition back when he first won the UFC Heavyweight title from Tim Sylvia. Rothwell is a good heavyweight fighter, and Arlovski made him his bitch.
Rothwell landed a few good counter punches, but Arlovski fought like a man possessed. I think if it came down to either Barnett or Arlovski to fight Fedor next, based on their fights at Banned, I’d have to give the nod to Arlovski.
This was an excellent fight that was on the feet for the majority of the fight, and was the most exciting fight on the card, with Arlovski knocking out a bloody Rothwell just a minute and a bit into the third round. Loved it.
Josh Barnett v/s Pedro Rizzo
Barnett is one of my favourite fighters, at least in my top fifteen, and I like enough fighters that I could probably make a top fifty, without really struggling to name names.
This fight started out very slow in the first round, with a few shots here and there, but nothing amazing. Just a really long feeling out process.
In the second round, Barnett turns on the jets, and catches Rizzo with a left, and instantly dropped him, and this one was over. Aside from the slow start, this was a watchable fight, and for Rizzo not fighting in a long time, and that Barnett usually takes a round to get going, like Forrest Griffin, I was happy with this fight.
Fedor Emelianenko v/s Tim Sylvia.
36 seconds. The end.
…….Haha. Ill pretty much say, Fedor is not human. He landed four of the quickest punches I’ve ever seen, then rear naked choke. It gets a five out of five, just because. It was awesome.
Fedor got around $2,000,000 for 36 seconds. Take that Bill Gates.
A very good night of fights, would have been worth the $40. I’m now a valid supporter of Affliction/Adrenaline MMA.
Where can they go next? Fedor/Couture once Randy’s contract is up? Fedor/Arlovski? Fedor/Barnett? Hell, you might even see some Tito Ortiz mixed into the next card.
Once Donald Trump decides to become the arch rival of Dana White, and get Affliction a time slot on national television, we’ll just have to wait and watch the amazing fights Affliction will put on.
Overall rating of the show.
The best event I’ve seen. It wasn’t perfect, but the best I’ve seen I’m my five years of watching this sport. A slow start, but it gets good as it goes a long. Congrats Affliction, now lower the fucking price of your t-shirts.