"In the cage it’s a different environment. The angles in a cage are a lot different than in a boxing ring and there’s no give against that fence, so I’m definitely going to use the cage as an advantage ... he’s really good at recovering. He knows to duck his head and clinch on to the body, and just kind of wait it out until he can really wake up. That’s good for him, but I’m not the type of person to give him an inch. As soon as I see him hurt, I’m on him. I’m on him. I’m gonna finish the fight. I don’t like to play around too much in the cage because anything can happen at any time, so I take them out as soon as possible.... I definitely have a huge advantage when it comes down to exchanging punches. That’s my strong point, and that’s definitely going to be his weak point. I want to keep moving, keep him back pedaling, and just keep him off balance. That’s my main goal in this fight. I really don’t see him wanting to stand and bang with me. He’s gonna taste my power, and then he’s going to try to take me down to hopefully get me with some ground and pound or just whatever. Hopefully he’s not sleeping on the fact that I do have wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu training too. I guarantee you I’m going to be prepared for whatever.... Fedor’s just another man to me. It’s nice to say that I’m fighting the guy most people consider to be the number one fighter in the world but on the other side of that coin he’s just a man. He’s just a man that’s in my way. A lot of people see Fedor as this unbeatable, mythical creature, but if I put one on his chin, Fedor is going to sleep. Right now I’m in training and I’m just visualizing knocking him out every day. I can see that he’s been rocked several times before, so I’m going in there for the kill. I can’t not picture me knocking him out. So he better do some chin-ups or whatever he needs to do to make him strong, because I’m coming for him. He’s not going to be able to handle my power standing and banging. He stands in the pocket with me, he’s gonna get knocked out. He better keep on his toes and move around."
-- Brett Rogers talks to FiveOuncesOfPain.com about his keys to victory against Fedor Emelianenko when the heavyweights collide under the Strikeforce banner later this year. No firm date, location or venue is known at this time. However, that hasn't stopped the hype train from rolling out of the station several months from fight night. In 10 professional mixed martial arts bouts Rogers has been perfect, ending all of his contests early via strikes. On the other hand, Emelianenko has never been stopped in his illustrious 31-fight career sans a 17-second fight-ending injury (cut) he sustained way back in 2001. So is "The Grimm" really the man who can topple the Russian cyborg with his heavy hands/cage experience or is Emelianenko just too savvy, talented and experienced to go out like that?