This is a new feature that I’ll be doing from now on where before every main event I’ll breakdown the fighters individually and the fight itself. Any feedback you can give and what you would like to see here would be a great help.

Tonight’s Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers event will be their first held on network TV and will feature most of the stars in the Strikeforce. The main event will feature what many believe to be the greatest heavyweight and one of the pound for pound best fighters Fedor  “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko (30-1). He’ll be facing a relatively unknown yet up and coming fighter Brett “The Grim” Rogers (10-0).  

Fedor will be making his Strikeforce debut after fighting for Affliction until they closed they doors on promoting. Fedor is no stranger to fighting in the main event, not that he would show any jitters anyway. The guy shows no emotions except maybe the occasional smile and literally acts like a universal solider. Fedor hasn’t lost in nine years and even then the fight was stopped due to a cut he sustained and they gave him the lose. He has fought some of the greatest fighters while in pride and most recently defeated former UFC champs Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski.

Rogers is a great story to market, going from working at Sam’s club installing tires to main event fighter on the verge of greatness. Rogers is a massive striker with 9 of his 10 wins coming by way of KO and the other coming by submission (strikes). His biggest fight to date was his last where he crushed Andrei Arlovski in 22 seconds by KO. With his quick hands and knock out power from both hands he’ll be deadly when the fight is standing. Question is what kind of ground game does he have since his fights have never gone there.

In tonight’s fight Rogers will be the major underdog and he should be. Fedor has 3 times the fights and has fought the better competition then Rogers. For the upset to happen Rogers will need to out box Fedor by using his jab to set up the big shot. He cannot get overly aggressive and be taken down or be sloppy and get caught on the chin. Fedor will look to weather the early storm that Rogers will bring to start the fight while looking for his opening. Fedor will be calm as always and when Rogers makes a mistake or try’s he’ll take advantage and end the fight.

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