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.
Air dates and times for FIGHT CAMP 360°: Fedor vs. Rogers on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME 2.
Tuesday, Nov. 3 9:30p (premiere) SHO
Tuesday, Nov. 3 10:00p SHO2
Wednesday, Nov. 4 11p SHO2
Thursday, Nov. 5 10p SHO2
Friday, Nov. 6 10p SHO2
Saturday, Nov. 7 4:30p SHO
Note: all times ET/PT
“The hardest part has been having someone (camera persons) on the mat during training that I CAN’T hit. Normally, the rule is, if you’re on the mat, you’re fair game to get some.”
“It’s been fun to share my story. I feel that I am living the American success story. And I hope that others can take some level of inspiration from it.”
“I am really looking forward to seeing the show, but to be honest, I won’t be in the right frame of mind next week to really enjoy it. I’ll have to go back and watch it in a couple of weeks to digest it all.”
“The film crew has been here for more than five days. I tell you, it is a surreal experience to have the world watching you, watching me do what my fight team and I have been doing for five years in relative obscurity day in and day out. All of a sudden, to have my life become worthy of this attention is amazing, shocking almost. But we are having fun with it.”
“We’ve had various training partners roll through the past few days and it’s been odd to explain what the cameras are doing here. They aren’t expecting it. The first few days the crew was here, it was a bit suffocating. To have them shadow me through my every move, not just in training, but at home with my family, during meals, everywhere. After a few days, though, I kind of got used to it.”
Roger’s trainer and manager, Mike Reilly, on training camp:
“Brett has evolved as a fighter. He’s always been a tremendous athlete but now he’s a more well-rounded fighter. He’s developed so much over the past year and especially in this camp.”
“He is working as hard as he ever has. He is in better shape than ever, so I can now push him harder and expand the training to be much more complex. All of this is possible because he’s evolving.”
“We have new wrinkles in training, new sparing partners and sessions. With his striking in top form, I can have Brett focus on other facets of the game: grappling, submission defense, throws and kicks. We are coming in from new angles, we found a new range. We have taken conditioning to a new level. Fedor is in for a shock.”