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Old 05-22-2009, 06:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Winning in Defeat: Rogers vs. Arlovski

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Originally Posted by IronMan @ MMAOpinion
I have a hard time seeing how Brett Rogers is going to get his hand raised at the end of his upcoming bout with Andrei Arlovski.

Andrei is a better striker, it's that simple. Rogers really doesn't have that extensive an arsenal of strikes. Rogers is all about throwing hands and working the dirty boxing, and Arlovski is a solid boxer who knows how to control the distance and move his head. Of course, Rogers is bigger than Andrei, but not much, and I don't think he's going to have the edge in explosiveness or power.

But let's not sound defeatist. After all, Arlovski is a definite top five fighter and if Rogers managed to beat Andrei (especially, in fact, if he manages to knock Andrei out) he could find himself in the middle of the top ten. This is MMA, anything can happen.

Still, I think it likely that Rogers is going to lose and, if he does, a good portion of his future will depend on how that first loss comes, how he performs against the first truly elite fighter that has ever stepped in with him.
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