STRIKEFORCE and M-1 Global today officially announced the CBS televised portion of their fight card scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 7 (9:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) from the Sears Centre Arena in Chicago, Ill.
“We’re looking forward to delivering an explosive night of world class MMA action on CBS,” said Scott Coker, Founder and CEO of STRIKEFORCE. “We have the world’s # 1 fighter, Fedor, making his network primetime debut against an undefeated powerhouse in Brett Rogers and, with the stars lined up for the remainder of the card, it is bound to be an exciting night of television.”
The following four match-ups have been confirmed for the CBS televised portion of the card on Nov. 7:
- Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko vs. Brett “The Grim” Rogers
- Jake Shields vs. Jason “Mayhem” Miller (Middleweight Title Fight)
- Gegard “The Dreamcatcher” Mousasi vs. Rameau Thierry “The African Assassin” Sokoudjou
- Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum vs. Antonio “Big Foot” Silva
(All bouts are pending approval by the Illinois Athletic Commission.)
FEDOR “THE LAST EMPEROR” EMELIANENKO vs. BRETT “THE GRIM” ROGERS:
Standing six feet and weighing 235 lbs., with a record of 30-1, Fedor Emelianenko will put his world’s number one heavyweight status on the line against the undefeated Brett Rogers. Rogers boasts a 10-0 record, ending every single fight within two rounds. Nine of his wins have come by (T)KO and one by submission due to strikes. Both Fedor and Rogers are coming off wins over former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski.
JAKE SHIELDS vs. JASON “MAYHEM” MILLER
Strikeforce will look to fill their middleweight title-holder void by matching up Jake Shields (23-4-1) and Bully Beatdown star Jason “Mayhem” Miller (22-6). Shields is currently on a 12-fight win streak, finishing six of his last seven opponents with a first round submission. Most recently, he defeated top-ten ranked Robbie Lawler with a quick first round guillotine choke back in June. Miller won five of his last seven fights, lost one, and ended his most recent fight back in May with a no contest after he gave his opponent Ronaldo Souza an illegal kick that caused a fight-stopping cut.
GEGARD “THE DREAMCATCHER” MOUSASI vs. RAMEAU THIERRY “THE AFRICAN ASSASSIN” SOKOUDJOU
In what is sure to be one of the most exciting fights on the card, Fedor training partner Gegard Mousasi (26-2-1) will will look to add to his 13-fight win streak when he faces Team Quest standout and UFC veteran Thierry Sokoudjou (7-4). Mousasi is coming off a first round knockout of Renato “Babalu” Sobral in which he won the Strikeforce light heavyweight title and Sokoudjou is coming off back-to-back victories over Jan Nortje and Bob Sapp as part of Dream’s Super Hulk Tournament.
FABRICIO “VAI CAVALO” WERDUM vs. ANTONIO “JUNIOR” SILVA
In a heavyweight fight that could potentially decide who will face the winner of Fedor vs. Rogers, UFC veteran and 2009 Abu Dhabi champion Fabricio Werdum (12-4-1) will take on American Top Tean’s resident giant in fighter’s clothing Antonio Silva (13-1). This is an extremely intriguing match-up pitting what many consider the best jiu-jitsu player in MMA against one of the sport’s true knockout artists. Werdum is coming off an impressive first round submission victory in his Strikeforce debut on Aug. 15 over veteran Mike Kyle. Silva’s last fight was a first round submission victory over Jim York at Sengoku 10 in September. This will mark Silva’s Strikeforce debut.
SHOWTIME Sports 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 executive producer is David Dinkins, Jr.