There’s a line in an American cinema classic that goes “>”Oh my God, Chicago kicks ass!” Well, it will this fall when Fedor Emelianenko takes on Brett Rogers in Strikeforce. The Windy City will be home to a battle of behemoths on November 7th, the San Jose-based promotion announced Wednesday:
The Nov. 7 “Strikeforce: Emelianenko vs. Rogers” event is official for the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill., a suburb to the northwest of Chicago. Strikeforce executive Mike Afromowitz today confirmed the previously rumored locale with MMAjunkie.com.
Surprising move to have the event in Chicago considering how little MMA has taken place there. It has long been one of the “smartest” crowds when it comes to pro-wrestling, so Strikeforce may be banking on that internet-savvy fan to spread the word about the number on Heavyweight in the world competing.
The date means Emelianenko is on the longest streak of top ten opponents since ’02-’03, when he fought Herring, Schilt and Nogueira in succession. Rogers, on the other hand, has had one top opponent in his whole career in Andre Arlovski, with James Thompson being the next best after that.
The fight really comes down to Rogers’ submission defense and Fedor being able to avoid the whole “getting beaten about the head and face” gameplan his opponent will use. It’s going to be the official ribbon-cutting on Fedor’s U.S. career; 80k pay per view buyers is nothing compared to millions of broadcast television viewers. The result of the fight seems to be a foregone conclusion, despite Brett being a top ten fighter, but it will impress people to see Fedor demolish such a big dude.
(For those who don’t get the headline, you need a history book. Trust me, it’s funny.)