Fedor vs. Rogers officially announced for November 7th on CBS

by Mike Afromowitz | source: strikeforce.com

Fedor, the #1 Ranked MMA Heavyweight in the World, To Be Seen for the First Time by Broadcast Television Audience

The CBS Television Network will return to the mixed martial arts (MMA) cage with Strikeforce: FEDOR VS. ROGERS, to be broadcast Saturday, Nov. 7 (9:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT).  SHOWTIME Sports® will produce the four-fight event with host Gus Johnson calling the action and MMA legend Frank Shamrock and Mauro Ranallo serving as color analysts. 
In 2008, CBS aired the first live MMA fights on network television, with three successful events earning time period-winning ratings in all key young adult and young men demographics.  CBS's most recent broadcast in October 2008 ranked as the night's highest-rated program on both broadcast and cable in adults 18-34 and men 18-34, topping all other sports programming in those demographics, including the Major League Baseball playoffs and college football.

On Nov. 7, the world's Number One-ranked MMA heavyweight fighter, Fedor Emelianenko of Russia, will face undefeated American Brett Rogers of Minnesota in the marquee match up. The fight marks the first bout for the highly coveted Emelianenko since his promotional company M-1 Global signed an agreement with STRIKEFORCE to co-promote major events.

"There's no question this is a sport that is fast becoming a force in popularity and as a business," said Kelly Kahl, Senior Executive Vice President, Prime Time, CBS Television.  "We're excited to be the platform that will enable millions more to see the athlete regarded as the very best in his sport.  The Number One heavyweight on the most-watched network has a very nice ring to it."

Simply referred to as "Fedor" by fans around the world, the 6-foot, 235-pound Russian is one of the most dominant fighters in the sport.  He is a master of the Russian military combat system Sambo and boasts a record of 30 wins, one loss, no draws with 16 wins by submission, seven knockouts and seven decisions.  The 28-year-old Rogers (10-0) is a massive physical specimen standing 6-feet, 5-inches tall and weighing 265 pounds.  He possesses two of the heaviest hands in the sport of MMA, an attribute that has helped him knock out all 10 of his professional opponents.

"It is an honor to have the opportunity to bring the STRIKEFORCE brand to CBS," said Scott Coker, Founder and CEO of STRIKEFORCE.  "We are looking forward to bringing MMA back to the network and to having the world's No. 1 heavyweight-Fedor-compete for the first time on live network television against one of America's most promising young, undefeated stars-Brett Rogers."

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GPinPittsburgh site profile image  

9/20/09 3:57 AM by GPinPittsburgh

I was a Fedor fan, but his management is making it hard for me to root for him with the whole UFC cluster f---. I hope Brett Rogers wins by KO and makes strikeforce a bigger mockery.

RickyDerouen site profile image  

9/20/09 3:52 AM by RickyDerouen


supersaiyan site profile image  

9/20/09 3:33 AM by supersaiyan

bring it on !!!

liquidrob site profile image  

9/18/09 7:40 PM by liquidrob

now dont you go spending that nickel you got for that post all in one place, be wise with your money

ZeroTime site profile image  

9/18/09 6:58 PM by ZeroTime

They should have it at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

Mmanizzle site profile image  

9/18/09 6:43 PM by Mmanizzle

Fedor got rocked by Fujita... Rogers has more power in his hands than Fujita... If Fedor loses, the mystique is gone and his marketability is gone... He fucked up, there's no HW's to fight in Strikeforce... Dumb move - he should come to the UFC...

frontrowbrian site profile image  

9/17/09 7:20 PM by frontrowbrian

 The Sears Centre is an interesting choice. It's almost a fuckin hour from O'Hare and Midway by car.

JimmersonzGlove site profile image  

9/17/09 7:13 PM by JimmersonzGlove

 I vote for San Diego.

Yun site profile image  

9/17/09 6:08 PM by Yun

c'mon.... SAN JOSE~!!!!! if it's booked...Oakland Oracle Arena~!!!!

caposa site profile image  

9/17/09 5:45 PM by caposa

i was planning on going to Newark for this  wish there was another venue in the tri-state area either way Fedor, Rogers, Mousasi, Shields, Cyborg - sounds like a damn good card to me