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Brett Rogers: 'I know very, very little about' Fedor Emelianenko

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"I know very, very little about the man. What I know is what I’ve heard on the Internet, but it’s nothing that makes me prepare any differently. I understand the one thing about this sport is that you have to take every man you face seriously and I totally understand that. I prepare as hard as I can for every fight. I understand from what I’ve seen that he’s the No. 1 heavyweight in the world. I respect that and I respect him for what he’s accomplished. But I’m not intimidated or worried about fighting him. This is what I do. He’s just my next opponent.... I’m not going to get caught up in ‘Fedor’s got this’ or ‘Fedor’s doing that.' I’m training, too. I have two arms and two legs just like he does. I choose to look at it that he’s just another man in my way of me accomplishing my goals. All the talking and all the stuff on the Internet isn’t going to matter when they close the door on Nov. 7 and it’s just me and him in there. It’s going to come down to preparation and execution and who the better man is that night. I feel like this is my time now and I’m ready to show the world what I can do. It’s not an intimidating thing (facing Fedor). It’s an exciting thing because it’s an opportunity to make my own mark in this business."

Undefeated heavy-handed heavyweight, Brett Rogers, isn't going to let the mystique of former Pride FC heavyweight champion, Fedor Emelianenko, get in the way of what he has to do at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois on Nov. 7. "Da Grim" has taken a serious step up in competition after knocking out Andrei Arlovski at the "Lawler vs. Shields" event back in June. And he's apparently unfazed about now taking on "The Last Emperor," who is widely regarded as the most talented and dominant mixed martial artist ever, at the next major Strikeforce event that will air on national television (CBS). In fact, he reveals that he does not know much about the Russian, which is hard to believe. But nonetheless, perhaps when it comes to fighting Emelianenko less is more. Is this the kind of approach that will prove successful or dreadful for Rogers on fight night? Let's hear it, Maniacs.

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