Strikeforce today (Nov. 2) held a media conference call with heavyweight attractions Fedor Emelianenko and Brett Rogers to promote their upcoming trip to the outskirts of Chicago when the promotion storms the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, for its live CBS prime time broadcast on Nov. 7.
Strikeforce: "Fedor vs. Rogers" will feature a main event between former PRIDE and WAMMA heavyweight champion, Fedor "The Last Emperor" Emelianenko trying to quell the undefeated uprising of Brett "The Grim" Rogers in a bid to determine who will challenge Alistair Overeem for the heavyweight strap in 2010.
In addition, "Bully Beatdown" star and DREAM veteran Jason "Mayhem" Miller will take on former Elite XC welterweight champion Jake Shields for the vacant Strikeforce middleweight title.
Rising star Gegard Mousasi will also appear, taking on hard-hitting Rameau Thierry Skoudjou in a non-title affair while Fabricio Werdum looks to go 2-0 for the promotion against former Elite XC heavyweight champ Antonio "Junior" Silva.
Here is a brief recap and highlights of noteworthy items coming out of today's call:
--Scott Coker and Mitch Graham are excited to be on the call and get right to the questions.
--Brett Rogers doesn't think Fedor's marriage will be a distraction for the upcoming fight.
--Fedor Emelianenko is not nervous during the fight but perhaps one day before the fight he will be -- because he is human (allegedly). Looks forward to entertaining both Americans and Russians during his stay. Will save his sightseeing for after the fight.
--Lot of heavy whispering and muffled conversation on Emelianenko's end.
--Brett Rogers feels like he knows Fedor after training for him for three months. Doesn't think Fedor can handle him standing up so he's just waiting for the takedown and is not afraid to go there.
--Fedor Emelianenko thinks the NFL is more exciting on TV. Misinterprets a question and confesses he would make a lousy football player.
--Very loud media member screaming his questions like he's ordering a value meal at the McDonald's drive-thru.
--Brett Rogers is excited to win this thing and wow the many fans who are there to support him.
--Someone either typing feverishly or playing full contact paddycake in the background, drowning out Fedor's next response. Something about not going to the UFC.
--Scott Coker doesn't refute a reporter's assertion that Fedor is unmarketable, but points to the CBS media campaign that will reach both new and old audiences.
--Fedor Emelianenko is preparing for his fight and can't be worried about selling himself. His job is to make beautiful fights.
--Brett Rogers doesn't talk money but reminds Mike Straka that he doesn't work at Sam's Club anymore and suggests he re-watch the June 6 Arlovski fight.
--Fedor Emelianenko walks around Chi-town to help relax. On the eve of the fight he gets his coaches to massage him. (Ed: Talk about your bad part-time jobs.) No card games before this fight.
--Brett Rogers is all about meditation and relaxation during his fight prep to help get his mind right for the fight. Will sometimes sleep right up until the fight, come out and take care of business.
--Fedor Emelianenko balks at the accusation that he's a sloppy fighter.
--Brett Rogers is on a anti-dog fighting crusade because he loves animals and now has the wherewithal to make a difference.
--Fedor Emelianenko does not answer a question about his religion and mental state.
--Brett Rogers agrees that he's still being underrated based on the huge disparity in the Las Vegas fight odds. Says he'll get the respect he deserves after the fight and expects a quick finish.
--Fedor Emelianenko will not alter his old-fashioned training regimen because it's worked for him for his entire career -- so why mess with a good thing?
--Scott Coker has no interest in Aleksander Emelianenko until Aleks resolves his issues with the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC).
--Fedor Emelianenko knows Brett Rogers hits hard but is confident in his abilities and does not believe the cage will have an impact on his style.
--Brett Rogers recognizes the difference between a ring and a cage and thinks it may have an impact on striking and will be something he'll try to exploit during the fight.
--Scott Coker says the Sears Centre is approximately 85-percent sold and anticipates a sellout by Saturday; however, will not confirm an upcoming Dec. 19 show.
--Brett Rogers hopes to build off the striking deficiencies that Andrei Arlovski exposed in the Jan. 24 loss to Fedor.
--Fedor Emelianenko is training in his hotel before the fight and will not train with American fighters.
--Brett Rogers knew he was on an eventual collision course with Fedor after Affliction died and the UFC could not come to terms with the Russian. Thinks he's as prepared as he can be for Saturday.
--Scott Coker didn't expect anything from M-1 Global for this event other than bringing Fedor to the states. They did however use their marketing machine to promote the fight overseas.
--Brett Rogers was offered a spot on "Bully Beatdown" but declined because he was preparing for the Fedor fight. Was also asked to audition for the role of B.A. Baracus in the upcoming A-Team movie.
--Fedor Emelianenko thinks he has nothing to prove to American fans who might feel like he hasn't done anything to earn the title of world's best heavyweight.
--Brett Rogers doesn't like the comparisons to Buster Douglas. He's "Coming from nothing and wanting to be something." It's what he's wanted all his life.
--Some "media member" asks Brett Rogers for advice on being a fighter. Rogers fumbles through the answer and the caller is unceremoniously dismissed.
--Brett Rogers can't see any scenario where Fedor would try to keep it standing because of Emelianenko's submission pedigree. Says he closes his eyes and sees Fedor knocked out.
--Fedor Emelianenko will not disclose his fight strategy and coughs up a stock answer about being prepared and the differences between fighting in the U.S. and Japan.
--Scott Coker expects an upcoming announcement about the future of Strikeforce broadcasting plans in the near future.
--Brett Rogers was a little distracted by the camera and media following him around all week but outside of that has no distractions. Plans on pursuing Alistair Overeem after beating Fedor.
--Fedor's translator is starting to get a little feisty in her responses.
--Fedor Emelianenko is not amused by the assumption that he took part in a Russian ritual that involves killing a bear with a fork and knife. Says the only bear he ever saw was in a zoo.
--The McDonald's screamer is back. Scott Coker answers his question but my ears are still ringing and I missed it. Sorry.
--Fedor Emelianenko quickly exits stage left after the embarrassing "Bear" question. Call abruptly ends with no goodbye from "The Grim."
That's a wrap.
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