Upcoming MMA on TV: Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers predictions


Rogers' only advantages are summed up by the number five: he is exactly five years younger than Fedor and five inches taller. It remains to be seen if he can somehow make the reach- and age-advantage work for him, though, since Fedor is still in excellent shape and very well able to eliminate his opponents no matter where the fight takes him. Rogers should really be concerned about Fedor's proven technical fighting skills and endurance.


As this is Fedor's debut in the octagon after more than nine years of fighting in a boxing ring, Rogers might benefit from the element of novelty and surprise. It is highly unlikely, though, that Fedor will let anything rattle him. He will bring his A-game regardless of the shape of venue. Strategy-wise, Fedor will probably avoid a stand-up battle due to Rogers' striking power, and aim for a submission. He may even wait until the third round to do so, just to test Rogers' yet unproven endurance.


The bouts will air live on CBS at 9 p.m. ET. The complete fight card is listed below.


MAIN CARD







The upcoming mixed martial arts (MMA) event, Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers, on Nov. 7, 2009 is one of the most anticipated fights in MMA history, as it is expected to reveal whether the Russian MMA fighter, Fedor "The Last Emperor" Emelianenko is indeed the best heavyweight in the world pound-for-pound. His challenger, Brett "The Grim" Rogers may only have a third of Fedor's fighting experience, but he has a knock-out power to be reckoned with as his spotless record of ten wins and zero losses proves.

The only blemish on Fedor's record is the loss to Tsuyoshi Kosaka at Rings: Kings of Kings in Dec. 2000 due to a cut, which hardly makes anyone question his superior fighting skills. Aside from that he has been stacking up 30 victories over high-caliber opponents including Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski while fighting for the MMA promoters Pride, Affliction, as well as Bodog Fight. Not one single opponent truly challenged Fedor who seems to lack any weaknesses on the ground or in his stand-up game.

Watch the preview video after the break.

Scroll to read more Events & Film articles

Newsletters

Join Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.