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Fedor Emelianenko-Josh Barnett expected for August

A WAMMA heavyweight title between Fedor Emelianeno and Josh Barnett is being targeted for Affliction 3 in early August, the Russian M-1 Global website announced today.

Affliction VP Tom Atencio told the website last week that no date was official but hopes for Affliction 3 in August. Atencio added that Fedor's opponent has not been determined either but expressed Fedor vs. Barnett as the ideal main event.

Fedor (30-1) and Barnett (24-5) were both victorious at Affliction 2 on Jan. 24, setting each other up as logical next opponents. Barnett, a former UFC champ, is arguably the most established heavyweight not under contract with the UFC.

M-1 Global also revealed that Affiction and M-1 Global is in preliminary talks with a major Japanese organization for a joint promotion on New Year's Eve.

"Dynamite!!" was the only New Year's Eve event staged in Japan last year. The event was rumored to feature Fedor Emelianenko, but the date was less than thirty days from Fedor's Andrei Arlovski fight in January. Fedor returned to Japan last Wednesday in a special sparring exhibition against Shinya Aoki at M-1 Challenge in Tokyo. Fedor won the friendly match via achilles lock.