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Strikeforce live results: Fedor vs. Rogers

Posted on: November 7, 2009 10:51 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2009 11:39 pm

The feared and revered Fedor Emelianenko (30-1-1) fights undefeated KO artist Brett "The Grim" Rogers (10-0-0) in the main event.

Emelianenko is every bit the MMA master people say he is, but nobody is immune to a guy with Rogers' knockout power. One square shot to the jaw could topple the legend.

Round 1: "Big" John McCarthy is the referee. Rogers looks very anxious. They trade quick punches. Fedor is bleeding. Fedor tosses Rogers to the mat with a takedown and Rogers quickly gets to his feet and forces Fedor's back to the fence. Rogers with a short left hand to the temple. Fedor's nose is bleeding and he's breathing out of his mouth now. They're back in the center of the cage now. Fedor with a big left hand to Rogers and throws him to the mat with a single leg. Fedor is in Rogers' half guard now. Fedor tries for a kimura but Rogers fights out of it and takes top position, hammering away at Fedor from the top. Fedor goes for the arm again and Rogers fights out of it. Fedor now throwing fists from the top. He's back in Rogers' half guard and trying for an arm triangle choke from the top. Rogers gets full guard. Fedor is back to his feet. Fedor throws a big haymaker down at Rogers that misses. The round ends, and it's 10-9 Fedor. Rogers has already surpassed most predictions by simply lasting the full first round, let alone doing some damage.

Round 2: Fedor with a right, misses a left and tries for a takedown. Rogers lands a knee to the body. Fedor unloads with a barrage of fists with Rogers' back to the fence. Rogers blocks the majority of the strikes and ties Fedor's arms up. They separate and get to center cage again. Fedor puts a huge right hand on Roger's chin and drops him. One-punch knockout for Fedor Emelianenko as McCarthy steps in to stop the bout. Incredible.

Winner: Fedor Emelianenko defeats Brett Rogers via knockout at 1:48 of Round 2.

This was vintage Fedor Emelianenko. Fedor got hit with some big shots by a very powerful Brett Rogers. He got busted open. He was unloaded upon from the top, but in the end, Fedor still made it look so very easy.

One of the recurring themes of Emelianenko's fights is that there is always a moment or two -- however fleeting it may be -- where the man looks beatable. But he never loses. Many have threatened to beat him, but aside from that controversial stoppage many years ago, nobody has done it.

And if the volume of cheers for Fedor coming from the fans in attendance at the Sears Centre was any indication, we might have our answer to the question of whether a soft-spoken, introverted Russian fighter can break through as an attraction in the United States.

As I said in my preview for this show, Fedor doesn't have a ferocious look or a charismatic attitude to help him turn heads for promoters. What he does have -- and what we all saw in his win over Brett Rogers -- is a very legitimate claim to being the best heavyweight fighter in the world, and an exciting guy to watch in the ring or cage.

He will probably lose someday. It will be amazing to see how and when that happens, and who pulls it off. Until that day, it's enough just to watch the master ply his craft and keep the streak alive.

Welcome to America, big guy. See you again soon.


Since: Nov 11, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2009 2:08 am

Strikeforce live results: Fedor vs. Rogers

Fedors still the man

Since: Aug 3, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2009 12:08 pm

Strikeforce live results: Fedor vs. Rogers

Took the words right out of my mouth.  Fedor is most likely the best heavyweight, maybe the best ever in MMA; but he will lose someday.  That's the nature of the sport.  He certainly has his weaknesses, but he seems to be able to overcome those in each fight.  It was interesting to hear him explain in the post-fight interview how he identified Rogers' weakness in his stand-up to find that opportunity to knock him out.  The guy is an absolute martial arts genius.  However, at some point his body will fail him, but that won't take anything away from his dominance in MMA.

Since: Nov 10, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2009 11:09 am

Strikeforce live results: Fedor vs. Rogers


Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2009 1:59 pm

Strikeforce live results: Fedor vs. Rogers

oh you are so right basketball is a team sport, duh, I'm so stupid, Your right though if Michael didn't have someone to pass the ball inbounds how would he get the ball? If there was nobody to set a pick how would he shed pesky defenders? How without teammates would he get assists? Who would he have to yell at and belittle? If there was no Steve Kerr who would he give a black eye to? There would be no one to blame but himself, we couldn't have that could we? Yep my analogy of the biggest ballhog this side of Kobe is just crazy. Sorry bout that.

Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2009 12:04 am

Strikeforce live results: Fedor vs. Rogers

It proves that Fedor can beat a previously undefeated fighter who is taller, heavier & has more reach at his own game...

FYI, Rogers has more experience than Lesnar & isn't in place as a gimmick like Brock to get wrestling fans into MMA.

Fedor would absolutely demolish Lesnar.  Fedor will lose eventually but def not to Lesnar.

Since: Nov 8, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2009 7:12 pm

Strikeforce live results: Fedor vs. Rogers

What does beating Bret Rogers prove?  StrikeForce is minor leagues in the MMA period, if he is the best why duck the UFC with outragous demands? Until he fights in the UFC he has not proven to be the World Champion.  I will give you his resume is stronger over his history than that of Lesnar but you never till they fight.

Since: Jun 4, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2009 6:58 pm

Strikeforce live results: Fedor vs. Rogers

I didn't think Rogers was classless postfight.  He didn't whine about a quick stop, or claim he wasn't hurt and getting ready to get to his feet or anything.  He lost, was PO'd and wanted to fight again.  Ok.  So he's not the most gracious loser, but that should just get you to realize how extra-ordinary it is when a fighter does get up and say, "he kicked my butt..."

I wonder if Big John would have let this go another few seconds if the fight wasn't on CBS?  Rogers was stunned, Fedor missed on his first attacks on the ground and Rogers was rolling to "turtle up," when McCarthy called it.  Rogers clearly wasn't going to go on offense anytime soon, and it was a fair stoppage, but I think in a pay-per-view event, he's given another moment to recover; or get pounded more. 

Fedor always amazes me when he goes into a fight and lets the other fighter dictate the style they prefer.  Give him a big puncher, and Fedor will stand up and out punch him.  Give him a wrestler, and he'll use his sambo to beat him on the ground.  If he'd fought Relio Gracie I have no doubt he'd try to out-Gracie him.

Best ever.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2009 6:00 pm

Strikeforce live results: Fedor vs. Rogers

Did you serious just compare Fedor's fight to a game winning shot by Michael Jordan?!?  Uhh, hate to break the news to you -- Basketball is a TEAM SPORT.    How could you possibly compare the two?  In the ring, you are on your own.  I just said I wasn't all that impressed with his showing last night.  He caught him with a big punch in the 2nd round.  No offense, but Brett Rogers is fighting with Strikeforce for a reason.  The only guy who doesn't belong in that promotion is Fedor.  He should PUMMEL every guy they put in front of him.

To use your logic about comparing him to Jordan -- It'd be like sticking Michael Jordan in the NBA Developmental League while he was in his prime.  That's how I view Fedor fighting in Strikeforce -- Personally -- I think Cain Velasquez, Shane Carwin, Junior dos Santos, etc. would all beat Rogers -- All you have to do is survive the intial burst from Rogers and he will gas.  End of the 1st round, Rogers was already tired.  Rogers has fought nobody -- His big win is against Arvloski, who has lost to everybody lately.

Dana or Fedor need to come up with a way to get him signed in the UFC.  Until then, Fedor is going to be fighting 2nd rate fighters.  That's why I wasn't impressed with what Fedor did last night.  If you put a superstar in the minor leagues -- of course they are going to have some highlights.

Seriously -- Fedor has fought two cast away washed up UFC heavyweights, who had nothing but their namesake going for them in Arvloski and Sylvia, and then Brett Rogers.  These are his fights in the last 3 years.  It's a shame he can't get something worked out if he really wants to prove his place as one of the greatest fighters of all time.  I'd love to see him fight Lesnar and knock Lesnar out.  I'd love to see him fight Velasquez or Cain or Dos Santos.

Until it happens -- I just don't see how he is even challenging himself.

Since: Nov 7, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2009 11:41 am

Strikeforce live results: Fedor vs. Rogers

I couldn't agree with your post more.  This guy is as legit as they come.  The problem is going to be able to keep putting quality talent in the cage with him.  He's about three fights away from being a retirement candidate due to lack of competition.

That right was ridiculous...

Since: Feb 14, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2009 10:29 am

Strikeforce live results: Fedor vs. Rogers

One of my favorite knockouts of all time!!! Fedor is definitely one of the best fighters of all time. 

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