2009 end of year fighter rankings

I call this "Psychedelic Fedor" because he is on another plane of being. Also, if I had one wish it would be to go to Fedor's birthday party and MC Hammer would sing the classics while Fedor does the running man.

Welcome to the new (not so much improved, really, because, well… they ARE new) fighter rankings.  These rankings are compiled by me, Mike Menninger, MMA genius, card-carrying member of the ANA (Anti-Nuthugger Alliance), defender of horrendous sweaters worn by athletes of whom I am afraid, and co-host of The Cageside Beat radio show.  (Please note, can only confirm or deny the last one, which it confirms, but probably would rather deny.)

These rankings aren’t scientific, exactly.  Who needs hard data when totally arbitrary information can be passed off as fact anyway?  Am I right?  Instead, fighters are ranked based on my review of various computer rankings across the interwebs, recent fighter activity, the douchey-ness of fighters’ nicknames, and most importantly, my own bias.  No fighter is ranked in more than one division.  I’ll also be adding comments as I see fit.

Remember kids, these rankings are specifically designed as a personal affront to you, each and every reader of  That’s right.  With each new weight class, imagine me giving you the double finger, straight Stockton, Cali-style, homie.

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Fedor Emelianenko Snickers commercial

You know you’ve officially made it big time when you’re doing Snickers commercials in Korea. Now, I know some of you would say Fedor looks as though he’s had a few too many Snickers lately and maybe his metabolism isn’t what it once was. But the fact of the matter is, until someone can knock … Read more

M-1 Global and Strikeforce announce record numbers for worldwide broadcast of “Fedor vs. Rogers”

Photo: Strikeforce - Fedor made his Strikeforce debut by knocking out Brett Rogers on CBS television.

Fedor’s thrilling knockout victory over Bret Rogers viewed by over 25 million homes.

(PRESS RELEASE) M-1 Global and Strikeforce announced today that the international audience reports from broadcasters all over the world revealed an unprecedented number of viewers for the November 7th “Fedor vs. Rogers” MMA event from Chicago, Illinois.

“We are extremely happy with the preliminary broadcast reports,” said M-1 Global CEO Joost Raimond.  “The demographics of these numbers were very promising as our network broadcasting partners in the U.S., Russia, and Korea reach an enormous audience alone.

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Fedor Emelianenko interview with Russia Today

While wearing the holy garment of regeneration, “The Last Emperor” speaks about a number of topics in this new in-depth interview with Russia Today. You will hear Fedor speak about certain fighters you may be unfamiliar with, such as George Barnett, Kevin Randlebarn, and Don Henderson. Fedor speaks on a number of issues such as … Read more

King Mo talks Fedor vs. Rogers got to speak with new Strikeforce fighter King Mo briefly as the “Fedor vs. Rogers” post-fight press conference was going on, and before the mob swarmed him. Mo and I originally had a bet on the Fedor vs. Rogers fight and I lost. However, being the nice guy Mo is, he did not rub … Read more

Fedor vs. Rogers photo gallery

Photo by: Jack Bratcher / - Fedor Emelianenko at the Strikeforce post-fight press conference. The most dangerous, yet unassuming fighter who ever lived.

On Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009,’s southeast team traveled to Hoffman Estates, Ill. for the Strikeforce – Fedor vs. Rogers event. Headlining the card was a heavyweight battle between consensus number one heavyweight in the world Fedor Emelianenko and the undefeated hard-hitting Brett “The Grim” Rogers.

Although many felt Rogers would not be a problem for Emelianenko, he proved the doubters wrong, and gave The Last Emperor what was probably his toughest fight to date. You will see photos of both Emelianenko and Roger’s faces after the bout. Emelianenko won with a crushing KO victory but he did take some punishment.

It was a fight for the ages and we felt very fortunate to have witnessed such a historic event, being the first Strikeforce card to air live on CBS network television, and introducing the mainstream public to Fedor. Enjoy the photos.

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Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brett Rogers fight video

Here it is, the fight between Fedor Emelianenko and Brett Rogers, which took place Nov. 7, 2009, and aired live on CBS network television. Few people were giving Rogers a chance, many saying he did not even deserve to fight Fedor. However, Rogers proved those wrong who thought he would be no match for Fedor, … Read more

“Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers” – live play by play and results

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – is live and on the scene from the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., for tonight’s “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers” show.

The event airs live on CBS at 9 p.m. ET with the main event of Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brett Rogers and a bout between Jake Shields and Jason “Mayhem” Miller for the Strikeforce middleweight title.

Stay tuned to for live, round-by-round coverage of tonight’s event that starts at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT) for the preliminary card and 9 p.m. ET for the televised main card.

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“Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers” weigh-in results and photos

Fedor Emelianenko makes his Strikeforce debut tonight on CBS against Brett Rogers.

The “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers” weigh-ins took place on Friday, Nov. 6, at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. Main event fighters Fedor Emelianenko weighed in at 232 lbs. and his opponent Brett Rogers weighed in at 264 lbs.

All fighters made weight except preliminary card fighter Dustin Neace who first weighed in at 150.5 lbs., then 150 lbs., and finally his opponent agreed to a catch-weight of 149.6 lbs. Neace must forfeit 20% of his purse to his opponent as a result of the missed weight.

Stick with us here at tonight as we bring you live play-by-play commentary from ringside beginning at approximately 6 p.m. CT. The action starts live on CBS at 8 p.m. CT.

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