Official Blog#22-StrikeForce:Fedor vs. Rogers
On November 7th Fedor Emelianenko will make his U.S. television debut live on CBS when it can be assumed that more U.S. MMA fans will get to watch Fedor than at any other point in his legendary career. But, is there actually more pressure on the mythical fighting Russian than his up start opponent, Brett Rogers? More on that later but first let’s took a look at the rest of the Strike Force card that will air this Saturday and it’s a card that could be a direct indication as to weather or not Strike Force could actually be some sort of competition or at least an alternative to the UFC. One quick side note I think should be mentioned is that different from the first MMA program to air on CBS, which was Elite XC, Strike Force seems to have much more depth in terms of talent with the roster and the promotion isn’t built around just one fighter. Now, let’s discuss the card.
In a clash of Brazilian heavyweights it will be Fabricio Werdum vs. Antonio Silva. I think this one could be a very entertaining heavyweight fight with the former UFC heavyweight contender, Werdum in the cage with the first and only Elite XC heavyweight champion, Silva. Being from Brazil, these two have ju jit su skill and both are known for having punching power so I’d expect an evenly matched contest. However, I think Silva will be able to out strike Werdum so I’ll pick Silva to get the victory.
Next up in the light heavyweight division it will be Gegard Mousasi vs. Rameau Sokoudjou and I’m really looking forward to see Mousasi fight again after he completely destroyed Babalu Sobre back in August. That being said, I think Mousasi will win this one easily and I don’t think Sokoudjou is really on the same level as Mousasi, who I think will be one of the main stars of Strike Force.
The vacant Middle Weight title will be on the line since former champion Chung Le has resigned the title to start an acting career so it will be Jake Shields vs. Jason Miller to determine the new champion. While both of these fighters are very skilled, I’d expect this one to be a slug fest and if it is I’d have to give the advantage to Shields, who comes into this bout with a lot of momentum after defeating Robbie Lawler in June. I’ll pick Shields to get the win probably with a submission in the second or third round.
Now the main event, Fedor vs. Rogers. I mentioned earlier that there might be more pressure to win on Fedor than Rogers and I’ll explain the reasoning of the statement. CBS will provide Fedor with more exposure in America than he’s ever had before and it’s logically to assume that many of the casual MMA fans that will tune in on Saturday probably don’t know much about Fedor other than the hype of this dominating Russian, who no one can defeat. Because of that, Rogers has absolutely nothing lose here, other than the fight of course but I’m sure you get the idea. If Fedor knocks out Rogers than he did exactly what was expected of him and he can confirm his dominating hype to a new fan base. However, if Rogers somehow defeats Fedor in what I would consider the biggest upset in MMA history, Rogers becomes a star and Fedor risks tarnishing his mythical status among casual fans since they don’t know much about Fedor, they might think that he didn’t live up to the hype. Again, the bottom line here is Rogers has nothing to lose here because being defeated by Fedor, who is argueably the greatest fighter of all time isn’t exactly going to do too much to damage his career. As for a winner here, obviously, I’m going to pick Fedor and I really don’t see how Rogers can win the fight unless he is extremely aggressive and ends the fight within the first round. Rogers has punching power but the “puncher’s chance” strategy hasn’t exactly been an effective game plan to defeat Fedor and the Arloski fight is an example of it. It will be extremely interesting to see what the fight card on CBS does for Strike Force and how it will effect the future of the organization.
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Last edited by StrongStyleThug; 11-06-2009 at 10:31 PM.