Mann Talk – The Fedor Experiment

A glimpse into the dreams of Vadim Finkelstein
A glimpse into the dreams of Vadim Finkelstein

This weekend Strikeforce’s biggest acquisition in company history will make his promotional debut in Chicago. Considering his lofty price tag it is unnecessary to say that they are hoping he turns into a Lesnaresque star. Any knowledgeable MMA fan knows Fedor Emelianenko is the best heavyweight in the sport’s short history, but, as always, the problem is that most fans are not the knowledgeable kind. So, the question is, does Fedor’s ability as a fighter make him a big draw and thus worth his ample salary? After this Saturday night this question will be answered.

CBS’ first MMA crony, Elite XC, made their mark on the entire sport’s world with Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson. The former street fighter’s destruction of James Thompson’s bloated ear is one of the most watched moments in MMA history. At the time real MMA fans knew Mr. Slice was not a top heavyweight, but it did not matter. Now CBS’s new crony is trying to entice fans with the top heavyweight, and hopefully, for their case, it will matter.

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HDNet’s “Inside MMA” to broadcast live from the “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers” weigh-ins

Inside MMA airs each Friday night on HDNet.

Lashley, King Mo, Shamrock and Special Guests join Kenny, Bas and Ron to breakdown one of the most anticipated fights of the year – Friday, November 6 at 6:00 p.m. ET

(PRESS RELEASE) – HDNet’s “Inside MMA” will provide LIVE, exclusive coverage of the weigh-ins for “STRIKEFORCE: Fedor vs. Rogers,” Friday, November 6 at 6:00 pm ET. The special 90-minute edition of “Inside MMA” will provide a first look at the undisputed #1 Heavyweight in the world – Fedor Emelianenko, as he hits the scale the night before his network television debut on CBS.

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Strikeforce open workout pics & quotes: Fedor, “Mayhem,” Mousasi, Werdum, Silva

Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce - Fedor Emelianenko listens to questions from the media about his fight upcoming Nov. 7 fight with Brett Rogers.

(PRESS RELEASE) – The famed Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko, Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi, colorful, flamboyant Jason “Mayhem” Miller and heavyweights Fabricio Werdum and Antonio “Big Foot” Silva” participated in a media workout Wednesday at POW Kickboxing.

In three days, on Saturday, Nov. 7, the talented Mixed Martial Arts fighters will be featured on a fight card at the Sears Centre on the CBS Television Network (9 p.m. ET/PT).

Fedor (30-1, 1 NC), of Russia, will be opposed by undefeated, hard-hitting Brett Rogers (10-0) of St. Paul, Minn., in the main event.

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Fedor Emelianenko in Stary Oskol, Russia

If you caught Fight Camp 360°: Fedor vs. Rogers on Showtime tonight you will recognize some of the scenes in this video. This is sort of a mini-documentary about the trip to Stary Oskol, Russia, to do the Fight Camp documentary. We get to see more of the sweater, Fedor with his new bride and … Read more

Fight Camp 360°: Fedor vs. Rogers (full version)

Premiering tonight at 8:30 p.m. CT on Showtime is Fight Camp 360°: Fedor vs. Rogers. The show focuses on the origin of Fedor’s lucky sweater (Sweater of Ultimate Victory) and how his mother made it before his first fight. OK I lied, it’s not about the sweater, but I wish it was. Instead, the show … Read more

Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers conference call (audio)

ProMMA.info was on the “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers” conference call today. It was a fairly long call as each of Fedor’s questions had to be interpreted. Also, Strikeforce has been good about granting media access to MMA websites, but now they need to tighten the reins a bit in my opinion. We’re starting to get … Read more

Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers betting odds

This Saturday night, Nov. 7, 2009, one of the most significant events in MMA history will take place on prime time network television. For the first time ever, Fedor Emelianenko will step inside the Strikeforce cage to put his skills on display for the entire world to see as he takes on the enormous Brett “The Grim” Rogers LIVE on CBS.

This time more than ever, the American public will be introduced to what true high level mixed martial arts is all about. There’s no fifty dollar pay-per-view, no 21-and-over sports bar to get into, “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers” will by available on free public television. It really is a dream come true for the fans, the athletes, and the sport.

Strikeforce (along with M-1 Global) has put together one hell of a card, and ProMMA.info will be there ring side providing live play-by-play commentary. We will be in Fresno for the Strikeforce Challengers event on Nov. 6 as well, so stick with us this week, it’s going to be a big one!

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Brett Rogers: video profile

Brett “The Grim” Rogers is profiled as the hard-hitting power puncher who used to change tires getting his one shot at glory against the number one heavyweight in the world. Very few are giving Rogers anything resembling a chance, but Rogers believes he can win, and in the end, that’s all that matters. Where will … Read more

Fight Camp 360°: Fedor vs. Rogers UPDATE

PRESS RELEASE – NEW YORK (Oct. 29, 2009) SHOWTIME Sports cameras were entrenched in the training camp of undefeated American powerhouse Brett “The Grim” Rogers in Minneapolis earlier this week as he prepares for the highest profile fight of his career.

On Saturday, Nov. 7, Rogers faces world No. 1 ranked heavyweight fighter Fedor Emelianenko in the main event of “STRIKEFORCE/ M-1 GLOBAL: Fedor vs. Rogers” LIVE on the CBS Television Network (9:00 PM live ET /delayed PT) at the Sears Centre in Chicago.

SHOWTIME Sports is completing FIGHT CAMP 360°: Fedor vs. Rogers, a 30-minute documentary preview show for the landmark event. FIGHT CAMP 360°: Fedor vs. Rogers premieres on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 9:30 PM ET/PT on SHOWTIME and is available for broadcast on CBS affiliated stations nationwide.

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