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 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!

To start with lets take a look at the fight lines for “Fedor vs. Rogers.” As expected, Fedor is the heavy favorite. However, it looks as though the odds-makers realize Rogers does have a chance. The odds certainly aren’t as one-sided as the recent Alistair Overeem vs. James Thompson fight (Overeem was at -1200 and Thompson at +700).

Fedor Emelianenko -500 vs. Brett Rogers +350

Most people think I’m crazy but I’ve been saying all along I think Rogers is going to win this thing. I was there ring side when he annihilated Andrei Arlovski. The dude has power and all MMA fights start on the feet. When is the last time we saw Fedor immediately shoot in on someone without striking? They will start off banging and all Rogers has to do is touch that chin one time.

We aren’t going to see Rogers flying through the air to meet an immovable object like Arlovski did. We’re going to see a powerful technical striker stand toe to toe with Fedor. I think a lot of people are still underestimating Rogers, and hopefully for his own sake, Fedor isn’t one of those.

Of course Fedor has the tools to win, and he always seems to find a way (almost mystically at times) to beat his opponent. Yet, if only because the odds of a man continuing to win time and time again go down with each new fight, the payoff for a bet on Rogers seems worth it.

Jake Shields -300 vs. Jason Miller +220

Jake Shields is on a 12 fight win streak and as the Strikeforce Middleweight Champion is considered the favorite. Miller will have the advantage on the feet and Shields will likely have the advantage on the ground. Miller will likely be hard to submit but if anyone can do it Shields can do it. Would it be worth putting a few bucks on Miller? Probably.

Gegard Mousasi -500 vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou +350

Save your money on this one Sokoudjou won’t beat Mousasi, and hopefully no one is dumb enough to lay down 500 bucks to win 100 on Mousasi.

Fabricio Werdum -165 vs. Antonio Silva +135

Same with this one. Silva is a big dude and a good striker but I don’t see anything he can do to defeat Werdum. Save your money, enjoy the fight, and watch the BJJ champ submit the giant.

2 thoughts on “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers betting odds”
  1. Rogers beating Fedor?

    I don’t think you’re crazy on that pick, I think you are an idiot.

    Fedor in the 1st round, any damn way he wants.

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