Strikeforce: Fedor v. Rogers

Strikeforce held a media conference call today with Fedor Emelianenko and Brett Rogers for their big even this weekend on CBS. Here’s a few of the highlights via Fanhouse.

Brett Rogers thinks he has Fedor figured out:

Roger finally admits to watching Fedor’s fights: “I’ve definitely watched a handful of his fight tapes.”

“I haven’t fought him yet but I feel like I know him.” Roger says he’s been training for Fedor for 3 months and thinks he’s figured him out.

Will Fedor’s marriage affect his performance?

Brett doubts Fedor’s recent marriage will have an impact on the fight. Fedor says Fedor’s been married before: “Been there, done that.”

Fedor says marriage won’t affect his fight in any way, negative or positive.

Will the cage play a factor?

Rogers says strategy doesn’t matter on fighting in ring or cage, but he’ll use his experience in a cage (clinched on cage) against Fedor.

Fedor says his fighting style will not be affected whether the fight takes place inside a ring or a cage.

M-1 Global’s “co-promotional” contributions?

Coker says Strikeforce is the promotional vehicle behind the card. M-1’s job was to just bring Fedor, some sponsorship deals.

M-1 helped Strikeforce in having television deals in Russia, Korea, UK and more.

How are ticket sales?

Coker says about 85% of 12,000 capacity sold. Expects to sell-out on Saturday.

What about brother Aleks and the bear?

Coker says Fedor’s brother Aleksander has “issues with the commissions,” until he gets them cleared, no interest in Aleksander for now.

– Fedor says that he has only ever seen a bear in the zoo and a bear is very strong and is very hard to kill with a fork and knife…this coming after being asked about the Aleks story of killing a bear with a fork and knife. (via Bloody Elbow)

Full rundown on’s twitter feed and BE’s live blog.

And one last Brett Rogers quote from a interview with Fanhouse’s MDS:

I know you want to stand up and trade punches but what kind of ground game do you have?
I train in jiu jitsu, but mostly my jiu jitsu is defensive. Obviously, I prefer to stand and bang. But I can do what I have to do. If it does go to the ground, I can do what I need to do to get back up and make him pay for it. I’m going to be the dominant force in the cage, and if he tries to take me out of my game, I’ll make him pay for it.

Where are you in your Brazilian jiu jitsu — white belt, blue belt, purple belt, what?
Man, I have no clue. I don’t rank myself with belts and I don’t care about other people’s belts. To me, that can be solved with a punch to the head or a punch to the body. Most of my jiu jitsu is just about getting out of bad situations. I want to win my fight by knockout.

Well Rogers better hope his defensive jiu-jitsu is good enough to keep him out Fedor’s favorite submission move — the armbar. He won’t be punching anything if he gets locked in one of those. The only thing he’ll be able to do with his free arm is tap.

Image via Esther Lin for CBS.