Posted on: May 15, 2010 11:46 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2010 3:15 pm
Alistair Overeem, Strikeforce heavyweight champion, has not fought for the promotion since November 2007, when he won the title.
He finally returns to defend the title against Brett "The Grim" Rogers, who earned some new fans in his hard-fought loss to Fedor Emelianenko last fall.
Round 1: They quickly engage but neither connects with anything solid. Overeem stalking Rogers. Straight punch by Rogers, Overeem answers with a leg kick. Overeem with more leg kicks. Rogers misses with a big left and clinches Overeem. Overeem "hulks out" of it, throwing Rogers to the mat.
Overeem follows him and starts grounding and pounding from the top. Overeem takes side control and throws some elbows from the top. Rogers scrambles up and almost lands in a guillotine choke, so he aborts the escape. Overeem holds Rogers in side control with his other side against the fence. Overeem with knees and elbows. He switches to fists, and Rogers eventually covers up. Overeem unloads with a ton of punches from the top, and referee
Big" John McCarthy stops the fight.
Winner: Alistair Overeem defeats Brett Rogers via TKO due to strikes at 3:40 of Round 1 to retain the Strikeforce heavyweight title.
Overeem says after the win that he wants to fight Fedor Emelianenko next, pointing out that Fedor's management turned down the chance to fight him on this show.
Overeem is the natural next opponent for Fedor, even more so than FabricioWerdum (who will fight Fedor in June). Partially because Emelianenko is treated like the champion even though he isn't, so it makes sense to give him the chance to make it official. Likewise, Overeem, in being the champion, should fight the best in his division, which is clearly Fedor.
Posted on: May 15, 2010 9:34 pm
Edited on: May 15, 2010 9:58 pm
We'll have a live blog of tonight's Strikeforce event in St. Louis beginning at roughly 10 p.m. ET. Refresh the main blog link for the latest updates and round-by-round details as the main card begins.
Here are the quickie undercard results from St. Louis:
The main card tonight consists of the following:
See you in a few for the start of the live blog.
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.
Posted on: November 7, 2009 8:53 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2009 10:52 pm
We're minutes away from the start of the televised portion of Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers on CBS. In the meantime, here are the quickie undercard results from the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill:
A scheduled undercard bout pitting Mark Miller vs. Deray Davis hasn't happend yet, which means it has either been scrapped for lack of time, or will take place at the end of the show, after Fedor vs. Rogers.
The round-by-round fight blog of Strikeforce on CBS begins at the top of the hour, so if you can't get to a TV to watch it live, keep it right here for full coverage.
Posted on: November 7, 2009 1:29 pm
I will have a live blog of tonight's primetime network TV broadcast of Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers on CBS, beginning at roughly 8:45 p.m. ET.
That will include round-by-round details of the action from each of the fights on the main card, which looks like this:
Notes heading into tonight's big show:
-- In a very late development, Emelianenko vs. Rogers is now for the WAMMA heavyweight title, held by Emelianenko and not to be confused with the actual Strikeforce heavyweight championship, which belongs to Alistair Overeem. For those unfamiliar, WAMMA is an independent sanctioning body that crowns its own champions and decides whether certain fights are for their own titles, with no bearing whatsoever on who the champion is of the actual promotion putting on the fight.
The fight will remain a three-rounder instead of the traditional five-round title fights. If it were for the Strikeforce title, it would be for the full five rounds... not just because it's Strikeforce, but also because it would have been planned far enough in advance to allow the extra time, rather than being finalized literally the day before the show.
-- All the fighters on the CBS telecast made weight for their fights.
-- Rumor has it that if there is time to kill during the CBS broadcast, the undercard bout most likely to be replayed is the women's 145-pound bout between Marloes Coenen and Roxanne Modafferi.
Take a final look at the tale of the tape and roundtable predictions for the CBS fights in our Head to Head preview .
See you tonight for the live blog.
Posted on: June 6, 2009 11:46 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2009 11:53 pm
Here come the big boys: Andrei "The Pitbull" Arlovski tries to put a blemish on Brett Rogers' undefeated record.
Ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. plugs the Affliction: Trilogy PPV and lists the major fights, before announcing the fighters. Fedor Emelianenko and Josh Barnett are in attendance in St. Louis.
Round 1: WOW. Rogers counters an Arlovski leg kick with a right-left combo, and the left hand sends Arlovski packing. Rogers rushes in and another left hand puts Arlovski on the canvas as Big John McCarthy quickly stops the bout. Unbelievable. Arlovski may want to reconsider that pro boxing career.
Winner: Brett Rogers defeats Andrei Arlovski via KO at 22 seconds of Round 1.
"That's what happens when you work hard," Rogers said.
That last left hand stunned Arlovski, but on the replay, you could see that he took a hard left-right-left sequence without blocking any of the three.
Posted on: May 20, 2009 4:26 pm
Edited on: May 21, 2009 2:42 am
Strikeforce announced on Tuesday that a heavyweight bout between Brett "The Grim" Rogers and former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei "The Pitbull" Arlovski has been added to the card for the promotion's June 6 card in St. Louis, Mo.
The show will be the third Strikeforce event to air live in the U.S. on premium cable network Showtime.
Considered one of the top heavyweights in the world, Arlovski (15-6-0) last fought on Jan. 24, when he lost to Fedor Emelianenko via KO in the first round on Affliction and M-1's Day of Reckoning pay-per-view. Prior to the loss to Emelianenko, Arlovski had won five straight fights spanning from the end of his UFC stint to his signing on with Affliction.
Undefeated in his MMA career, Rogers (9-0-0) gained attention in 2008 with a pair of decisive knockout victories in EliteXC. He finished off James Thompson in 2:24 in February 2008, and followed that performance with a 1:01 KO over Jon Murphy in the first fight ever broadcast on live network television, during the first CBS Saturday Night Fights event on May 31, 2008.
Making the jump to Strikeforce this year, Rogers defeated Ron "Abongo" Humphrey via TKO due to knees in 1:38 of Round 2, marking the first time in Rogers' career that he had been taken beyond the first round by an opponent.
Arlovski vs. Rogers will air on the undercard of the Strikeforce show headlined by Nick Diaz vs. Scott Smith at a catchweight of 180 pounds. The show airs June 6 on Showtime, beginning at 10 p.m. ET.
Posted on: February 16, 2008 10:09 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2008 10:19 pm
We're kicking things off with James Thompson vs. Brett Rogers.
Round 1: Thompson sprinted across the cage as soon as the bell rang and went for a takedown. Thompson tried for several minutes to get Rogers down until Rogers got enough distance to throw a nice knee strike, and a few punches later, Thompson was on the mat and the fight was over.
Winner: Brett Rogers def. James Thompson via TKO due to strikes at 2:24 of Round 1.
Rogers improves to 8-0 overall and hands Thompson a loss in Thompson's very first U.S. fight.