Affliction: Day of Reckoning, Thoughts & Predictions

Matt RandallCorrespondent IJanuary 20, 2009

Less than a week away is the Affliction: Day of Reckoning card, so I guess it's time to let the predictions get underway.

Fedor is back after his easy win over The Maine-iac Tim Sylvia, which only lasted 36 seconds. I don't see this one lasting much longer, unless of course Fedor wants it to. Fedor doesn't usually rush in that often, although he has in the past, and I expect him to in this fight again.

It almost seems like he is showing the world and Dana White that he is still the best heavyweight in the world and should be in the UFC. He walked through the ex-UFC  heavyweight champion like he was a nobody fighting in his first professional fight. I think he will do the same again Arlovski, once again showing everyone that he will not be tested until he is the UFC fighting for the belt again either Mir or Lesnar.

Arlovski has great stand up, but I do not see him knocking out Fedor. We all know Fedor can take a shot, he has shown it again and again. Arlovski has only two submission victories, one being over Tim Silvia, whom we all know has little to no ground game (unless you count a weak triangle he put on Monson).

I don't see him trying to take Fedor down or being able to and definitely not submitting him. Fedor could win this fight stand or on the ground, we know he hits harder than Tim and even he KO Arlovski. I don't see this fight last longer than one round and Fedor having his arm raised again at the end of this one.

Also we get to see Josh Barnett vs Gilbert Yvel, which seems to be more exciting than the Fedor fight. Yvel seems to be underrated and Barnett who is a bona fied Pride fighter.

This fight I am leaning towards Yvel, I think he has superior striking, strength and conditioning. I would imagine Barnett being able to hang on possibly to the second or third round but I think he is passed his prime and Yvel seems to be getting his game together, on a seven-fight win streak; I see him making it eight.

I also would have to take Sobral beating Sokoudjou and Vitor beating Lindland.

Either way, I would have to say from a fan's view it is a pretty solid card, but nothing special. Fedor is obviously going to bring in some fans, but he needs to be in the UFC.

Yvel I don't think will stay in Affliction much longer, I'm not sure what his contract is, but he also needs to make the transition to the UFC. Finally the UFC's heavyweight division is getting to the point where we don't need to be ashamed of it.

With the addition of the beast Lesnar, the return of Mir, with the addition of Nog and the improved Kongo it seems to be heading in the right direction. A few fighters are missing but I think overall the UFC is looking pretty solid in the big guy division, but I'll save a little bit for another article.