Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers Preview: Betting Odds
Special to Zoner Sports
By Darren Black
This fight is the first appearance of Fedor Emelianenko in front of a broad US audience. It is televised by CBS on Showtime channel and it takes place on Nov 7 at 9pm ET with a Fight Camp preview of fighter backgrounds, stories and training footage aired on Showtime Nov 3rd at 9:30pm ET.
Fedor is a heavy favorite of 6 to 1 on average amongst online sports betting companies due to his stellar career and experience. While virtually unknown to an average US citizen, Emelianenko is a big shining star in MMA aficionado circle with 30-1-0 record, which should be 30-0 IMHO. He lost once early in his career to Tsuyoshi Kosaka due to unfortunate cut early in the fight, and he annihilated him five years later in Pride rematch.
Brett Rogers is a past year sensation American-dream-come-true with a 10-0 MMA record so far with fame for a heavy punch. According to his coach, he has got some new tricks up his sleeve. At +425 for a 100 at this online sportsbook and 30 pounds heavier than Fedor, Rogers does present a certain threat to undefeated champ if he can break passed Fedor’s defense with heavy and fast punches standing up. On the other side of this argument, Fedor is famous for his defense.
On the ground Fedor should be a 100:1 favorite.
Dana White of UFC has been very negatively vocal recently about Fedor not fighting Brock Lesnar with preposterous claims that Fedor is afraid of Brock. Ha-ha – what a load of horse manure. One of possible explanations could be that they don’t agree on the right compensation and this is Dana’s way to provoke Fedor to agree to a lower pay.
This is going to be an interesting fight – brutal force vs. experience and patience.
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