By Ryan Clark | July 22, 2009
Just 11 days before the event is scheduled to take place, Vitor Belfort, who is currently slated to face Jorge Santiago in a middleweight bout, has agreed to take on Emelianenko, though that is not official. One source is cited as saying Emelianenko would have the choice of fighting either Belfort or 4-0 former WWE Superstar Bobby Lashley. However, Lashley has denied any knowledge of replacing Barnett, stating the following:
"I don't know if I would want it right now. Since the last fight, I haven't really been into training again. That fight is next week. That would be something I would really have to take a look at. To just jump in there probably wouldn't be the smartest thing for me right now. A lot of people would say that might be a money fight. They figure, 'If we give him enough money, will he do it?' That's what people tend to look at. I don't want to get into fighting for the money so much right now."
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