Maggie Hendricks

Fedor Emelianenko set to face Brett Rogers for Strikeforce

Maggie Hendricks
Cagewriter

Since Fedor Emelianenko signed with Strikeforce, the biggest question that the MMA world has asked is, "Who will he face?"

Finally, we know. It will be Brett Rogers, the undefeated power puncher who we last saw at Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields, knocking out Andrei Arlovski in a mere 22 seconds. After the silly Ricco Rodriguez rumor was debunked, and Alistair Overeem's injury did not heal as quickly as expected, Rogers seemed the inevitable opponent.

He has performed well for both Strikeforce and Elite XC. He's undefeated, and has never let a fight go to a decision. In fact, he has only let one fight, the scrap with Ron Humphrey, go into the seond round. Still, outside of Arlovski, he hasn't fought anyone who could be considered world-class talent. There is still no date for this fight.

What's interesting to me is the parallels between this fight and Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin. In both cases, the challenger is fairly inexperienced and known for knocking out their opponents. The champ seems unbeatable. And most of all, in both fights, fans and media can't help but wish that the champ would fight someone else.

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