Takanori Gomi won't be competing at "Affliction: Trilogy" after all. FanHouse has learned that Affliction Entertainment could not reach an agreement with the Japanese MMA star to fight on their upcoming show on August 1 in Anaheim, Calif. Affliction Entertainment Vice President, Tom Atencio, told FanHouse on Friday that after weeks of negotiation, the two sides couldn't agree on a contract. Gomi was offered a fight against Rafael Rivera.
Atencio also informed FanHouse that he has signed a new welterweight bout to the card.
Brett Cooper (9-4), a winner in his last six fights, including a victory over Patrick Speight at "Affliction: Day of Reckoning" in January, will face Akbarh "El Caballero" Arreola (14-4-1). Arreola has won his last 10 fights in a row, with notable victories over David Gardner and Gabe Ruediger.
The Cooper-Arreola fight will air live on the HDNet undercard. The event is headlined by Fedor Emelianenko vs. Josh Barnett.
Below is a look at the "Affliction: Trilogy" card, as it currently stands:
Fedor Emelianenko (c) vs. Josh Barnett (WAMMA heavyweight title)
Gegard Mousasi vs. Renato Sobral
Vitor Belfort vs. Jorge Santiago
Paul Buentello vs. TBA
Paul Daley vs. Jay Hieron
Chris Horodecki vs. Dan Lauzon
Ben Rothwell vs. Chase Gormley
Deividas Taurosevicius vs. TBA
Brett Cooper vs. Akbarh Arreola
Mark Hominick vs. TBA
Lucio Linhares vs. Mikhail Zayats (will not be aired)
Rob Broughton vs. Jessie Gibbs (will not be aired)