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Affliction to happen in August at the earliest

The latest on the third Affliction event is that it will happen at the earliest in August.

Affliction VP Tom Atencio, who was in Russia for an opening of an Affliction store, told the Russian M-1 Global website on Thursday that he is still working on the date, but hopes it will take place in August.

Like the first two Affliction events, Fedor Emelianenko is expected headline. No opponent has been determined, though Atencio would like to see former UFC champ Josh Barnett fill that spot.

Early reports stated that Affliction 3 would boldly go head-to-head against UFC 100 on July 11, but the plan has been scrapped for obvious reasons.

Affliction promote its first show on July 19, 2008 and held its sequel event on January 24, 2009.

The Affliction VP will also begin training soon for his return to the cage. Atencio, 42, will fight at "Ultimate Chaos" on Saturday, June 27 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.