MMARated.com spoke with Affliction VP Tom Atencio following Fedor making an experience on DREAM lastnight and reiterated the fact that they have the heavyweight king under contract and that he will not be fighting NYE:
“Fedor was supposed to fight for them on New Year's Eve, but he is not because we extended his contract,” Atencio said.
When asked if it was 100% confirmed that Fedor would be fighting on the upcoming Affliction/Golden Boy card on January 17, 2009, in Anaheim, Atencio stopped us dead in our tracks.
“The date and location are not official,” Atencio said. “Everyone is tripping. Our next show will definitely be the 1st quarter of 2009 in January, possibly February. Nothing is confirmed though.”
That sounds great in theory but in actuallity it would be very surprising to see Fedor not fight in Japan at the end of the year. He has been doing it since 2003 and is a HUGE draw in the country. Affliction doesn't even have a date set for their next show according to the Vice President so the obvious thing for Fedor to do if he wants to stay active is to fight where he is most well known.
I'd like to see the betting lines on this. The money bet is Fedor DOES fight in Japan and waits to see what Affliction has planned.