Lindland-Sobral In Works for Affliction 2
A bout between Olympic wrestling silver medalist Matt Lindland
"Babalu" Sobral are one of a few fresh bouts proposed for
Affliction Entertainment’s return engagement to the Honda Center in
Anaheim, Calif., on Jan. 24.
Sherdog.com confirmed the tentative tilt with both fighters’
The pair are said to have been offered and agreed upon a fight at
195 pounds to serve as a tryout point for the Brazilian as he makes
his way down to middleweight. Lindland, 38, has competed at 185
pounds for the majority of his career, but has also dabbled among
the light heavyweight and heavyweight ranks as well.
Affliction is expected to announce its Jan. 24 event, which will be
held in conjunction with M-1 Global, Thursday at a press conference
at Trump Tower in New York City.
Emelianenko (28-1), the world’s top-ranked heavyweight and an
M-1 Global acquisition, will meet former UFC champion Andrei
Arlovski (14-5) in the main event.
Affliction, which cancelled an Oct. 11 event scheduled for the
Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, is said to be honoring many
of the postponed bouts on the Jan. 24 date.
Sobral (30-7), who made waves with his dismissal from the UFC in
August 2007 after holding onto a choke past the referee’s
instructions, meets Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Bobby
Southworth on Nov. 21 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose,
The 33-year-old Gracie Barra rep outpointed Xtreme Couture’s
Whitehead at Affliction “Banned” on July 19.
Another UFC castoff, Lindland (21-5) also graced Affliction’s
inugural card last July, earning a decision over Fabio Negao.
Prior to that, Lindland tangled with Emelianenko sixteen months
before in the Russian’s native land for the now-extinct Bodog
Fights. Lindland was submitted by a first-round armbar.
“The Law” took his nickname to a whole new level when he secured a
nomination last May for a house seat in Oregon’s general election.
He’ll duke it out again in November.
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