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Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brett Rogers set for Strikeforce

Brett RogersIt’s official, Fedor Emelianenko will face off with undefeated knockout artist Brett Rogers in his Strikeforce debut.

The news was recently confirmed through Showtime, and although no location or exact date has been pinned down at this time the bout is expected to take place during an event in Fall.

The bout will be Fedor’s first since knocking Andrei Arlovski senseless during “Affliction: Day Of Reckoning” in January of this year. He had been scheduled to face off with Josh Barnett on August 1 before Barnett tested positive for steroids, and the “Affliction: Trilogy” event crumpled shortly thereafter.

Widely considered to be the best fighter on the planet by fellow mixed martial artists and fans alike, Fedor sports a record of 30-1, with the sole loss due to a cut being avenged by merciless beatdown. He has bested dangerous heavyweights such as Heath Herring, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and Andrei Arlovski to name just a few.

Rogers boasts an undefeated record of 10-0, with every one of his victories being finished through strikes. At 6’5″, 265 pounds, Rogers is known for his incredible finishing power and killer instinct. Rogers recently stunned critics by leaving former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski in a heap just 22 seconds into their meeting at “Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields” in June.

47 COMMENTS
  • edub says:

    Good job Coker.

    Looking forward to this one. Hopefully Rogers can make a fight out of it. Brett I see an armbar in your future.

    Fedor armbar ummm rd. 2

  • danw84 says:

    I kinda feel like Fedor deserves an immediate title shot, but this should still be good.

  • t-shreds says:

    for some reason Seth Petruzelli v. Kimbo is ringing a bell…

    i dont like Rogers… but for some reason i see another first round KO… sending Fedor into some sort of shame spiral. If thats a real thing.

  • thunder okami says:

    rogers by 1st round ko i’m calling it

  • edub says:

    Wow you guys are bold. I really dont want the spacetime continuim to go up in smoke so I hope Fedor doesnt lose.

  • t-shreds says:

    i already did…

  • shotokai_ says:

    I’d love for Rogers to knock Fedor silly, which isn’t unlikely. It would serve him right for consistently turning down opportunities to fight the best in the world.

  • Jak says:

    I find it funny that everybody cried foul when Lesnar got Couture(champ) in only his third fight, but when they give Fedor a guy who has only 1 win over decent competition, then hey, it’s a good fight.

    F*ck that, i want to see Fedor vs. Overeem. :)

  • edub says:

    I have a feeling we will after this fight Jak.

  • Rich S. says:

    For some reason I can’t help but think Rogers is going to knock Fedor out..

    Shocking the World is pretty common these days..

    I’m still not on the Grim bandwagon, though.. Even after beating Arlovski I just don’t think he’s that good.. He does have heavy hands, though..

  • t-shreds says:

    there anit no money in it for strikeforce if fedor walks in and takes the belt from Alistair… they gotta have a build up fight to jack those ppv ratings

  • edub says:

    Strikeforce isnt on T-shreds you got the scoop on something we don’t??

  • edub says:

    Edit* Strikeforce isnt on PPV. T-shreds you got the scoop on something we don’t??

  • sensiman says:

    If Fedor didnt get knocked out by Kevin Randleman slamming him on his head then I dont think Brett Rogers is going to hurt Fedor. You never can tell though. If it goes past the first round I would question Rogers Gas Tank. I think it will end by Rear naked choke, Fedor winning.

  • t-shreds says:

    no scoop… just my feeling on the way things will proceed… you know if they have fedor then they are going to try and put it on a ppv… it only makes sence… people payed to watch him in affliction. i think strikeforce has a strong enough roster to put together a quality show, for a more reasonable price then ufc… my poor cable bill

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Eithe way it goes strikeforce makes money, Fedor wins he fights for the belt with a ton of hype, if Rogers wins(A real possibility) he gets 2 tons of hype and fights for the belt, either way Coker did a great job.

  • t-shreds says:

    agreed fan

  • Jstew3785 says:

    I’m with edub but I think it will be armbar in the first round, not 2nd. I think this will be short and sweet for Fedor. That being said, Rogers is the only HW outside of the UFC that I think has the power to KO Fedor….. But I don’t think he will.

  • fraz says:

    Rogers needs a new trainer…He is carrying a good 35 pounds of excess bodyfat that does nothing but slow him down. He’ll need to be at his best in every aspect of his game against Fedor.

  • sides666 says:

    fedor is nothing but a scared little girl he would rather fight absolute nobodies and scraps from the ufc. its a sad day when anyone cares about fedor again. another thing i think is funny, why in the world to these low brow shows try to compete with the ufc its just plain silly they should assume more of a farm team role if anything. the only organization that ever rivaled the ufc and that was pride and now pride is dead and anyone who had any talent from pride signed with the ufc long ago. after fagdor refused to sign with the ufc i realized how much of a coward he really is.

  • sensiman says:

    wow 666 you are brave for calling fedor fagdor, lots of crazy peeps that are die har fedor fans. Fedor has beaten some good guys that you call scraps. I agree the UFC is the best and was disappointed when fedor didnt sign but I dont hate the guy for it. He is still a bad ass anyway you look at it.

  • xtreme_machine says:

    he managed get catch Arlovski off guard and all of a sudden this guy is a killer

    F that man!

    Fedor is going to use angles and move round to destroy Brett’s jaw

    also the winner of Werdum vs Overren faces Fedor for the title

    and them who else is left for Fedor to fight

  • danw84 says:

    I was saying I think it’s going to be a good fight because I think it will be fun to watch Fedor smack Rogers around for a bit.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    Im not going to lie but I will try to find a why to watch this card unless the UFC finds a way to counter promote with a live card. That would not only be funny but smart and what they are going to try and do anyways. Which I hope they don’t. If anything a rerun cause this could be good depending on who else they have on the card. Cause lets face it Fedor is going to have a easy time with this one. No offense to Rogers who does have some heavy hands but like fraz said he is carrying to much weight. Fedor will catch him and choke him out. Come on what MMA fan doesn’t want to watch this one. I like some people think Fedor made a mistake by not going to the UFC but you cant blame the man for trying to max out on a brand he help built. But it would be funny if Rogers some how finds a win to pull out a miracle.
    Fanoftna33 your right. This is a really great move by Coker. But this can hurt M1 if Fedor lost wouldn’t it?

  • Djangoplata says:

    sides666 is the perfect example of ufc fanboy, little bitch talking smack on the internet, with a 99.9% probability that he’s never gotten off his fat ass and into a gym. It’s a shame such a great sport is degraded by these worthless people who idolise Dana White.

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    For some reason I have this weird feeling Rogers is going to connect and knock Fedor out.

  • danw84 says:

    “with a 99.9% probability that he’s never gotten off his fat ass and into a gym”

    What does that have anything to do with his opinion?

  • Jstew3785 says:

    danw84- good point. I still do not understand why people attack each other on this site. I don’t agree with everyone but I don’t call them a fat ass or a ufc nuthugger or whatever. If you disagree with someone, give an adult explanation rather than resort to name calling. I don’t agree with what sides666 said at all but just because I don’t agree doesn’t mean he isn’t entitled to his opinion.

  • danw84 says:

    Agreed. He clearly does have a fairly one sided view, but whether or not he ever hits the gym or just sits on the couch really has nothing to do with what he thinks. Does Scott Coker have no right to an opinion? He doesn’t exactly have a fighter’s body. However, I wouldn’t say he’s doing a bad job…

  • Jstew3785 says:

    Agreed again. I guess that makes us UFC nuthuggers lol

  • mu_shin says:

    To help familiarize myself with Rogers before the Arlovski fight, I was able to download four or five of his previous matches and watch how he worked his way up to that opportunity. Can’t take it away from him, Brett overwhelmed a former UFC heavyweight champion, but the matches I saw previous to that fight were hardly indicative of a world-class fighter. The opponents I saw him fight seemed uniformly overweight and in the tough-man mold, succumbing to Brett’s undeniably strong striking, but none of them seemed overly skilled or well trained.

    No doubt, Rogers is a big strong guy, and fairly nimble for 6’5″ 265lbs, but Fedor has dealt with big strong guys in the past with devastating consequences. We all know there’s a puncher’s chance in any match-up, but the odds of Rogers connecting for the sweet shot seem astronomical, when confronting a man with three times the pro ring experience, proven ability to take a shot and return fire, proven ability on the ground against bigger stronger opponents, and knockout power bolstered with stamina and accuracy.

  • theinfamousjmo says:

    About the programming, there’s a REALLY good possibility that this Strikeforce card could get better ratings then whatever the UFC counter-programs with.

    UFC’s already booked their shows through the rest of December. October 31, November 7th & 28th, and December 19th & 26th are all free. With all the live shows the UFC has going on, there’s no way they’ll counter-program with a live show if Strikeforce books for one of those weekends (which leads me to believe we’ll see this fight either on Halloween or November 7th).

    Also keep in mind that Shields/Mayhem doesn’t have a date yet. I have a really good feeling these two fights will end up on the same card.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    thanks for clearing that up theinfamousjmo. didnt know all the dates were final

  • BigDave says:

    We are all about to witness the fall of Strikeforce. I have a sneaking feeling that Fedor will not make it out of this one with a win. Its inevitable everyone eventually gets caught. A lose to a guy not in the Top 10 hw’s will drive Fedors stock way down and after that they dont have any true big draw names hence low ppv buys hence they go the way of affliction or the doodoo bird.

    That being said Fedor should be able to get the win with his technical ability but its a fight and strange things do happen.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    We will get to see how good a top game Rogers has here I think. It is likely that Fedor wont be able to put Rogers on his back much like he couldnt with Choi, and Fedor will pull guard. If Rogers has a good top game (remember this is only three rounds unless they decide to make it for a interim belt) he could ride out a decision. If Rogers does win I dont think it hurts Fedor or M-1 that much as this would be his first legit loss ever.

  • Jstew3785 says:

    Here’s how I envision the fight. Rogers will charge Fedor, Fedor will clinch, Fedor pulls guard, Bam, armbar, over.

  • Jstew3785 says:

    This fight will be less than 2 minutes

  • roshambo says:

    I don’t get the whole once Fedor loses Strikeforce falls bs. Strikeforce has been doing MMA since 2006 and has turned a nice profit doing so. Until the signing of Fedor Dana White has even praised Strikeforce. It is not some fly by night t-shirt company that just popped on the scene and started tossing millions of dollars around that they couldn’t afford. I think they have a decent idea as to what they are doing and what they need to continue to do to keep turning a profit. If Fedor loses and goes away they are the same they were before he came along. They have a market and they cater to it. I don’t think they are trying to be the UFC overnight. I think they are just conducting their business and growing it in a way they think will get them more attention and more money in the long run. The UFC is the best around, there is no doubt about that but there is nothing wrong with other MMA organizations trying to put on shows. Who knows, if Strikeforce can get the CBS deal that Elite XC had and get on national TV and get great ratings, then another network will see the value in MMA and the UFC will get their TV deal. If that results in great MMA events live on TV for free then as fans we all win.

  • danisocean says:

    rogers one lucky punch and Fedor is going to be begging to be on the next tuf enough

  • danisocean says:

    in regards Strykforce falls when Fedor does I believe if Strykforce cont… to share there profits with M1 and allowing others to leach on then this could be very possible

  • TerribleT says:

    Not that it will matter but I take it that this fight is only scheduled for 3 rounds and not 5? The WAMMA heavyweight championship belt must have died along with AFFLICTION. . . . . .

  • lemonheadzzz says:

    I’m so tired of reading all the comments from the morons who say Fedor isn’t p4p one of the best fighters in the world and he’s scared of the UFC because he didn’t sign with them.
    Bottom line, Fedor is under contract with M-1 for 3 more fights. It’s not only his decision where he fights. M-1 got potentially a better deal with Strikeforce than they would have gotten with the UFC. Fuck Lesner, Carwin will walk right through him

  • manny says:

    FEDOR FEDOR!
    Win or Loss no one can get close to what he has achieved in his career. Yes he will lose (one day), no one goes undefeated in mma. No he isn’t ducking ufc hw, he just doesn’t like all of dana’s bs contract stipulations. Once he’s done after 3 fights then maybe he’ll sign a 1 fight deal but that’s it(unless he wins). Bret does have ko power but i agree with the ending in this fight win a arm bar.

  • Rich S. says:

    “Can’t take it away from him, Brett overwhelmed a former UFC heavyweight champion, but the matches I saw previous to that fight were hardly indicative of a world-class fighter. The opponents I saw him fight seemed uniformly overweight and in the tough-man mold, succumbing to Brett’s undeniably strong striking, but none of them seemed overly skilled or well trained.”

    Thank You.

    Sure, he beat Arlovski.

    But hell, we may see a “bully” beat Arlovski this season..

    All of his opponents pre-Arlovski were either not that skilled, or literally just stood in front of him and took punches.. Like Murphy? That guy was practically LETTING him punch him.. I was actually embarrassed for Murphy after that fight..

    Grim has heavy hands, but MAN are they sloppy.. If this dude could just tune up his striking a bit, and get a bit more technical, he would be able to go further, and get a little bit more respect from me.. until then, he’s just a slugger..

    But, those hands have gotten him where he is now somehow, so I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see Fedor on his back for the first time in his career..

  • Gurthee says:

    Here’s how this unfolds. Rogers gives Fedor a poke in the eye and Porn Stache Mazzagatti stops it giving Fedor the win instead of a no contest. That should go over well with fans.

  • mu_shin says:

    While I share edub’s concern for the space time continuum, (great line), I don’t really see cause for concern.

    I sense a lot of people are bitter over Fedor not choosing to sign with the UFC, so they are rooting for his demise. Allowing for Brett’s obvious power, Emelianenko has overcome big punchers in his body of work, and while I take issue with the whole concept of a “lucky punch”, it’s also obvious that most cliches contain a grain of truth, and a puncher’s chance is one of those cliches.

    Just don’t see it happening here, and agree that a submission is a good possibility. No reason for Fedor to stand toe to toe with this guy. He has nothing to prove as to who is tougher or who can absorb more punishment; he’s a professional, and victory is the goal. Can’t find any references to Rogers training wrestling or BJJ, where Fedor is a world class Sambo wrestler and has demonstrated powerful submission ability in the past, with a decided penchant for the armbar and RNC. Any green belt in a ballistic martial art learns pretty quickly you can have all the power in the world, but it doesn’t help you if you can’t hit the guy, and I see Brett Rogers having a hard time connecting with the sweet shot against Fedor.

    Excellent points by Roshambo on the business side of Strikeforce. They have their own model, are not trying to be the UFC, and I wish them continued success, so we as fans can enjoy more of the sport we appreciate.

  • Marvelous says:

    Fedor & Rogers have both made their names from beating up nobodys & has beens. It will be good to finally see them fighting someone challenging like themselfs lol One of them is gonna be exposed for the fake fighter they our & it aint gonna be Fedor.

    Brock vs Fedor thats what everyone really wants to see!

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