Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Affliction adds Belfort vs. Martin, Ambrose vs. Pyle to "Banned" card

Originally posted by Dann Stupp on Jun 11, 2008 at 10:35 am ET

An intriguing, star-studded July 19 "Affliction: Banned" card just got a little deeper.

The clothing company turned MMA promoter has added added a preliminary-card bout between Vitor Belfort (16-8) and Terry Martin (16-4). Additionally, J.J. Ambrose (9-1) and Mike Pyle (16-5-1), who were originally scheduled to face Patrick Speight and Brett Cooper (respectively), will now fight each other.

The "Banned" event takes place July 19 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Longtime PRIDE heavyweight champ Fedor Emelianenko meets former UFC title-holder Tim Sylvia in the night's main event.

Belfort, a former UFC light heavyweight champion and the current Cage Rage light heavyweight title-holder, had suffered three consecutive losses in 2005, which resulted in a departure from the UFC. Since then, though, he's 4-2 and will now go for his third consecutive victory. However, he hasn't fought since a September's Cage Rage 23 event, where he defeated James Zikic.

Martin, who was recently competing in the UFC, suffered losses to Chris Leben and Marvin Eastman, which snapped a four-fight win streak. Martin recently made his pro boxing debut (with a first-round knockout) and is also scheduled to meet Daiju Takase this weekend for the debut Adrenaline MMA show.

The main card for "Affliction: Banned" airs live on pay per view, and a few fights will air on FSN as a lead-in to the event. The full fight card now includes:


Fedor Emelianenko vs. Tim Sylvia
Andrei Arlovski vs. Ben Rothwell
Josh Barnett vs. Pedro Rizzo
Matt Lindland vs. Fabio Nascimento
Renato "Babalu" Sobral vs. Mike Whitehead

Paul Buentello vs. Aleksander Emelianenko
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Vernon White

Vitor Belfort vs. Terry Martin
Ray Lazama vs. Justin Levens
J.J. Ambrose vs. Mike Pyle
Mark Hominick vs. Savant Young



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