We all know that “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers” will be taking place on November 7th inside the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. However, it wasn’t until today that the San Jose-based organization confirmed the four televised bouts their fans can catch on the CBS primetime broadcast.
Emelianenko’s resume speaks for itself as he posts a ridiculous 30-1 professional record. He’s in the midst of a 26-fight winning streak that spans eight years, and could likely go down as the best to ever put on a pair of MMA gloves.
Rogers slapped the snot out of Andei Arlovski at “Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields” back in June, bumping his pro mark to a perfect 10-0, earning praises from Team Fedor.
Opening for them will be an open middleweight title bout between Jason “Mayhem” Miller and former EliteXC welterweight champ Jake Shields.
Shields is riding a 12-fight winning streak, having captured the EliteXC welterweight title during his run. He most recently subbed Strikeforce middleweight champ Robbie Lawler with a vicious guillotine choke in the 1stRound of their 182-pound catchweight tango in June.
Miller was scheduled to get his re-match with Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza for the open Dream middleweight title at Dream.11, however both signed deals with Strikeforce, nixing that fight… for now.
Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Gegard Mousasi will be taking on Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou in a non-title scrap. In his last outing, he embarrassed Renato “Babalu” Sobral at “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg” in August where it took him all of 60 seconds to knockout Babalu en route to jacking his 205-pound title. It was his 13th consecutive victory.
Sokoudjou recently dominated Bob Sapp in the semifinals of the Super Hulk Tournament at Dream.11.The Team Quest-trained fighter is looking to recapture the magic he had when he left PrideFC on the heels of back-to-back knockout wins over Ricardo Arona and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, respectively.
Finally, a heavyweight clash between Fabricio Werdum and former EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva is slated to open up the night’s televised festivities.
Showtime 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. The event will be jumping off at 9PM ET/PT, so it sucks for those that don’t have access to an east coast feed as you will get the action via tape delay.
Here are the fighters slated to compete in the primtetime extravaganza:
Mark Miller vs. Deray Davis
Christian Uflacker vs. Jonatas Novaes
Fabricio Werdum vs. Antonio Silva
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Gegard Mousasi (Non-Title Bout – Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion)
Jason Miller vs. Jake Shields (Open Strikeforce Middleweight Title)
Brett Rogers vs. Fedor Emelianenko (WAMMA Heavyweight Champion)