Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Affliction considering Rogers vs. Barnett "Day of Reckoning" bout

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Currently without an opponent for the Jan. 24 "Affliction: Day of Reckoning" event, heavyweight Josh Barnett (23-5) could end up fighting undefeated EliteXC prospect Brett Rogers (8-0).

The potential bout was first reported by Sam Caplan of, and a source close to Rogers today confirmed Affliction's interest when contacted by (

Although many EliteXC fighters are stuck in a state of limbo following the organization's near-demise, Rogers is signed to a non-exclusive deal and would likely be granted permission to fight for Affliction.

"[Affliction] is in talks with Brett," the source said.

"Affliction: Day of Reckoning" takes place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The preliminary card airs live on HDNet, and the main card, including Barnett's bout, airs on Showtime PPV.

Barnett most recently competed in July at Affliction's debut "Banned" event. The PRIDE and UFC veteran scored a second-round knockout and avenged a previous loss to Pedro Rizzo. It was his third consecutive victory, and it was also his eighth win in his past 10 fights since back-to-back losses to Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic in 2005.

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