Mike Reilly is proud of the way Brett Rogers fought Saturday, even if he came up short. Rogers took a hard right hand to the chin from Fedor Emelianenko in the second round of their Strikeforce headliner on CBS and was unable to recover.
Mike Reilly on Big John's stoppage:
"You can't fall down like that in an MMA fight," he said. "He was defending himself, he wasn't knocked unconscious, but it is what it is. (Fedor) saying he was in no trouble was just a flat out lie," he said. "He was in plenty of trouble. It wasn't in his plan to break his nose and lose the first round."
Mike Reilly on a rematch with Fedor:
"It's a guy who's been fighting at the top of the sport for nine years, as opposed to a guy who's been fighting at the top level for five months. We would love to do it again today," said Reilly. "Go find us 10,000 people and we'll do it today."
Mike Reilly on Alistair Overeem:
"We would love the experience of going to fight in Japan," he said. "And we're on Overeem's heels, so wherever he goes. He sets foot on American soil; we're on him. We were supposed to fight him in September. It grates on our nerves that the champion that's been holding his belt for the last two years hasn't defended his belt. If we've got to go through Antonio (Silva) or Fabricio (Werdum), then that's what we've got to do."
Mike Reilly's avuncular advice to Brett Roger's next opponent:
"Whoever Brett's fighting next, they should make their peace with God."
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