Five Points To Take from Strikeforce: Fedor Vs Rogers

Leon Horne@@Leon_HorneAnalyst INovember 8, 2009

NEW YORK - JANUARY 20:  Heavyweight mixed martial arts champion Fedor 'The Last Emperor' Emelianenko of Russia attends the 'Day of Reckoning' press conference at Trump Tower January 20, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)
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Fedor Emelianenko Is the Best and Rogers Is No Slouch


Fedor showed the world once again why he is the best heavyweight in the world and arguably the top pound-for-pound fighter as well.


That being said, a round of applause needs to be given to his opponent, Bret Rogers. Rogers fought a hard first round, busting open Fedor's nose with a stiff jab and controlling him along the fence.


Many fans and media alike felt that if Fedor were to get the fight to the ground, it would be game over for Bret Rogers.


On the contrary, the fight went to the ground on more then one occasion in the fight and Rogers didn't look too uncomfortable.


Rogers's scramble is excellent. He escaped a Fedor submission attempt and came very close to ending the fight via ground and pound from the top position.


We didn't see any submission offence from Brett Rogers, but he definitely has a great ground game to go with his excellent stand up.


Fedor basically showcased what he did in the Arlovski fight. Even though Fedor looks like he may be in a for a tough fight, he is only one haymaker away from taking the fight from his opponent.


When I say haymaker, I don't mean lucky punch, because even though it may look lucky, Fedor has done this too many times to be considered a lucky punch.


Rogers appeared to have taken his loss pretty hard, wanting a rematch as soon as possible. I had to chuckle a little bit; Rogers sounded like he wanted a rematch to happen tonight.


Fedor was humble in victory once again thanking his opponent and everyone who watched.


Bottom line here is, Fedor is still the best heavyweight fighter on the planet, and if you are a betting man, don't bet against him.




Jake Shields Does What Is Needed To Win


Jake Shields respected Jason Miller's stand up and used his wrestling to take Miller down and control the fight.


Miller was game for this fight, but he wanted to keep the fight standing and failed to make the grade.


For the few seconds that the fight was standing, Miller looked like he totally outclassed Jake Shields.


Even on the ground, Miller at one point sunk in what would have been a fight-ending rear naked choke, his only enemy was the clock and Shields was saved by the bell.


Aside from the rear naked choke attempt, Shields dominated and controlled Miller on the ground, gaining dominant positions throughout the match.


The fight was booed by the fans due mere fact that Shields didn't really put Miller in any danger. In fact, even though Shields controlled the fight and had the unanimous decision, Shields looked like he took more damage then Miller did.


At the end of it all, Shields knew Miller was a tough fight and at the risk of putting on a boring fight, did what he had to to win the fight.


The old saying goes: “You have to take the belt from the champion,” and unfortunately for Miller, he didn't do enough.




Gegard Mousasi a Dangerous Light Heavyweight


Gegard Mousasi took on Thierry Sokodjou in a light-heavyweight non-title match, which makes absolutely no sense.


Gegard Mousasi is the Strikeforce light-heavyweight title holder and both guys made the 205 lbs weight limit. On the off chance that Sokodjou won the fight, Gegard still would have been the Strikeforce light-heavyweight champ.


That being said, Gegard showed why he is a light heavyweight to watch out for.


This fight played out much like the Fedor vs Rogers fight later on in the night.


Sokodjou, who had been struggling against top flight competition and unable to put together a nice chain of wins came to fight tonight.


Sokodjou arguably won the first round using his Judo to take Gegard down with some nice takedown reverses and throws.


Gegard attempted a take down that looked to put Sokodjou flat one his back, but Sokodjou used his incredible hip strength and flexibility to land on top.


The problem for Sokodjou is, for as good as his Judo is, once he gets the fight to the ground in a dominant position, he looks like a fish out of water. Sokodjou's ground and pound isn't spectacular, and he doesn't have event the simplest submissions in his tool box.


In the second round, Gegard finally scored a take down that put him in top position. From there, Sokodjou's game off his back was exposed and Gegard quickly ground and pounded his way to victory.


Even though it looked like Sokodjou was in shape and ready to take it to Gegard, Mousasi showed the world why he should be considered a top ranked light-heavyweight fighter.




Antonio Silva Looked Good, but Where is his Gas Tank?


Fabricio Werdum put his win streak up to two since his devastating knock out loss to the UFC's up and coming young gun Junior Dos Santos.


Werdum beat the “Big Foot” Silva via unanimous decision after losing the first round.


Silva came out strong in the first round landing dangerous knees, punches, and elbows to Werdum's face. Silva definitely won the round and looked like he was going to finish this fight at some point or win it by decision.


In the second round, Silva looked tentative and wasn't landing with the power and accuracy he had in the first round. Silva, to put it bluntly, was gassed.


Werdum saw this, realized he wasn't in trouble in the stand up, and would be able to get the fight to the ground.


Werdum got Silva to the ground and on his back and was vying for the submission. Silva, even though he was gassed, was pretty crafty and managed to defend against all of Werdum's submission attempts.


Unfortunately, winning one round in a three-round fight by a land slide and following it up with two rounds of no offence doesn't win fights in MMA.


The Werdum vs Silva fight more than ever showed the importance of being ready to go all three or five rounds in a fight, maybe Silva will get on the treadmill a bit more before his next fight.




Does the UFC have to Worry About Strikeforce on CBS? Yes and No.


The UFC definitely edges out Strikeforce on presentation marks.


Many older mixed martial arts fans have voiced their disdain for the UFC's presentation and the fact that it focuses solely on the 18 to 35-year-old demographic.


Strikeforce's presentation looked more like a professional wrestling show than it did a mixed-martial-arts competition.


The fireworks, flames, cheesy entrances (Jason “Mayhem” Miller), and overall pro wrestling atmosphere made it look like Strikeforce was trying to appeal to the 10 to 18-year-old crowd.


The fights on the other hand were pretty entertaining and lived up to their hype, particularly the Fedor vs Rogers main event and Sokodjou vs Mousasi co-main event.


That being said, the UFC is no stranger to putting on exciting cards themselves.


Gegard is making a case for being one of the better light heavyweights in the world.


This doesn't hurt the UFC much, because the best light heavyweights are still in the UFC, with guys like Machida, Mauricio Rua, Rashad Evans, and even Anderson Silva, who normally fights at middle weight.


So what does the UFC have to worry about? The fact that Strikeforce has the best heavyweight in the world and another tough one to back him up.


Fedor dealt with a much larger and stronger opponent in Brett Rogers and dispatched of him in “Fedor” fashion.


That being said, Brett Rogers put on an excellent showing against the Russian and made a strong case for being a very legitimate top-10 heavyweight fighter.


The problem for the UFC is that as long as top heavyweight talent like Fedor Emelianenko, Brett Rogers, and Alistair Overeem are fighting in other organizations, it is going to be hard to legitimize their heavyweight division.


Fighters like Lesnar, Carwin, Mir, Velasquez, and Dos Santos are going to have to face Fedor at some point.


Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is considered one of the UFC's top heavyweight contenders and he has lost two battles against Fedor in the past.


Making it very hard for Dana White and company to argue that Fedor isn't all he is cracked up to be especially after knocking out a guy like Brett Rogers, who is just starting to hit his peak years.


On the flip side, many people will argue and with reason that Fedor will not solidify himself in mixed martial arts history until he fights current UFC champions and contenders.


The problem for the UFC is that as long as Fedor is winning, Strikeforce should still be around. If they are around long enough, they could make some money, and if they make some money, they could lure some UFC heavyweights over.


All that being said, Strikeforce needs some UFC heavyweights fast because besides Brett Rogers and Alistair Overeem, there isn't much left for Fedor to face.


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