On Saturday, November 7th, Brett "The Grimm" Rogers found himself in a situation where most mortal men would turn tail and run.
After slaying ten giants, the most recent being former UFC champion, Andrei Arlovski, Rogers found himself locking eyes with "The Last Emperor," Fedor Emelianenko.
The aura of Emelianenko was unable to penetrate Rogers' thick skin, even as the gathering crowd cheered in favor of the baddest man on the planet and heckled Rogers with a plethora of biased jeers.
The thunderous roars erupted as the two warriors approached the center of the battlefield and began to test each other out for the first 30 seconds. Then, the fireworks began to detonate as the fight went back and forth in favor of each fighter.
As the round progressed, each warrior found themselves in some tricky situations, where they could of easily been defeated if they hadn't trained properly.
At one point, the jaws of the ecstatic crowd nearly hit their toes as Rogers began to rain down some heavy blows as Emelianenko's head bounced off the canvas.
As the first round came to a conclusion, the men announcing the fight were praising Rogers' ability. Not for putting "The Last Emperor" in some dangerous positions, but for merely surviving the round.
That just goes to show that people are fickle and only see what their mind allows them to see. While the round was probably scored in favor of Emelianenko, it was a lot closer than many people were claiming it to be.
When the fight resumed, it took on the familiar feeling of the first round. Both fighters testing each other out with feints before ultimately ending up in the clinch, where it seemed Rogers was draining the energy of Emelianenko.
After separating, the fight came to a sudden end. Emelianenko's over-hand right had a thudding impact on the temple of Rogers, causing him to fold like a lawn chair in a hurricane.
Like the rest of his career, Emelianenko was slightly faster than his opponent that day, and he was able to capitalize on any mistake that Rogers made.
However, one thing we need to remember is that Emelianenko is still human. His cage can be rattled, and has been on a few occasions. His opponents can toss him around like a ragdoll, they can bust him open, and they can grant his eyes visions of swirling stars and birdies, but the end result is always the same, a victory.
This is why Fedor Emelianenko reigns supreme and he will do so until someone steps in and proves us otherwise.
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