“STRIKEFORCE AND M-1 GLOBAL: FEDOR VS. ROGERS” TO BE HELD
AT SEARS CENTRE ARENA IN CHICAGO ON NOV. 7
Tickets Go On Sale Monday, Sept. 28; Pre-Sale Begins Tomorrow/Friday, Sept. 25 via “STRIKEFORCE Insider”
NEW YORK (Sept. 24) — The highly anticipated STRIKEFORCE and M-1 Global co-promoted heavyweight showdown between Fedor Emelianenko (30-1) and undefeated American heavyweight Brett Rogers (10-0), will take place at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill, located just outside of Chicago, on Saturday, Nov. 7.
A special pre-sale ticket purchase opportunity will take place for “STRIKEFORCE Insider” e-newsletter subscribers (www.strikeforce.com/signup.asp) beginning at 10:00 AM, CT tomorrow/Friday, Sept. 25, and ending at 10 PM, CT on Sunday, Sept. 27. STRIKEFORCE Insiders will receive a special e-newsletter tonight with the pre-sale code.
Tickets, priced from $35, go on sale to the general public at 10:00 AM, CT on Monday, Sept. 28 at Sears Centre box office as well as at all Ticketmaster locations (800-745-3000), Ticketmaster online (www.ticketmaster.com), STRIKEFORCE’S official website (www.strikeforce.com), and M-1 Global’s official website (www.m-1global.com).
Doors at Sears Centre will open at 5:15 PM, CT for the STRIKEFORCE and M-1 Global: “Fedor vs. Rogers” event presented by Rockstar Energy Drink and the first preliminary bout will begin at 6:00 PM, CT.
The event will air live on the CBS Television Network on Saturday, Nov. 7 (9:00 PM, live ET/ delayed PT) and will include four bouts.
STRIKEFORCE has experienced significant growth since it launched its MMA series with “Shamrock vs. Gracie” event on March 10, 2006. After signing a landmark deal to air live events on SHOWTIME® earlier this year, STRIKEFORCE earned the premium network its highest MMA rating ever on August 15 with “Carano vs. Cyborg.” Shortly before the live telecast, the main event principals-Gina Carano and Cris “Cyborg” Santos-were the most searched terms on Yahoo! and Google, while the fight was the most discussed subject on Twitter. Earlier this month, CBS Television Network announced that it would broadcast “Fedor vs. Rogers” live on Nov. 7, marking the return of MMA to major broadcast television.
In 2009, M-1 Global promoted over 10 M-1 Challenge events across the globe in countries such as Japan, South Korea, Brasil, The Netherlands, the United States, and Russia.
Known as the “World Cup of Mixed Martial Arts,” the M-1 Challenge is a year-long, team competition featuring over 100 fighters representing their respective countries. Following its September 26 Semifinals, the M-1 Challenge Championship Cup will take place later this year to determine the second-ever M-1 Challenge Champion.
STRIKEFORCE (www.strikeforce.com) is a world-class mixed martial arts cage fight promotion which, on Friday, March 10, 2006, made history with its “Shamrock vs. Gracie” event, the first sanctioned mixed martial arts fight card in California state history. The star-studded extravaganza, which pitted legendary champion Frank Shamrock against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Cesar Gracie at San Jose’s HP Pavilion, played host to a sold-out, record crowd kickboxing promotion, the company unveiled its mixed martial arts series with “Shamrock vs. Gracie.” In May 2008, West Coast Productions, the parent company of STRIKEFORCE, partnered with Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment (SVS&E), an entity created in 2000 to oversee all business operation aspects of the San Jose Sharks and HP Pavilion at San Jose.
About M-1 Global
M-1 Global (www.m-1global.com) has been one of the leading Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) organizations in the world for over a decade. M-1 has promoted over 150 shows worldwide since 1995. Billed as the “World Cup of Mixed Martial Arts,” the M-1 Challenge is a full season of MMA events that showcases some of the best up and coming MMA fighters in the world. Broadcast to over 90 countries around the world, including HDNet in the United States, the M-1 Challenge pits teams of five fighters representing their respective countries against each other for international bragging rights and the title of M-1 Challenge Champions. Fighters who succeed on the M-1 Challenge’s international breeding ground will earn the opportunity to participate in major MMA events presented by M-1 Global and their promotional partners such as STRIKEFORCE.