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Brett Rogers Will Tell Himself Whatever It Takes To Feel Good About This Fedor Fight

(The photographer immediately regrets his joking suggestion that Fedor and Brett finish with a shot of them kissing.)

Going into a fight against Fedor Emelianenko has got to be terrifying.  We get that.  And in order to convince your feet to carry you into the ring, you probably have to tell yourself some crazy stuff.  Stuff like, ‘I have a very good chance at winning this fight,’ or, ‘Maybe he got cursed by a gypsy a couple weeks ago.’  But Brett Rogers seems to be taking the practice of lying to one’s self before a Fedor fight to an entirely new level.  First, he insisted that faking an injury would be the key to beating Emelianenko.  Now he says that, when you really get down to it, Fedor’s accomplishments aren’t any more impressive than his.

Talking with, Rogers said of Fedor, "He might be 30-1 but half those wins weren’t even under MMA rules, if you only count his MMA fights our records would look about the same."

Without further clarification on that comment, we have to assume that Rogers is talking about Fedor’s fights in the Rings organization between 2000-2003.  True, Rings did operate under different rules, barring things like elbow strikes (such as the one that paradoxically caused Emelianenko’s only career loss) and ground-and-pound, but it’s not as if we’re talking about point karate tournaments here.  They were still real fights. 

For the sake of argument, let’s accept “The Grimm’s” claim that those early battles don’t count, even though this is the same guy who just said that he had never really followed Fedor’s career.  But if you take those twelve Rings fights away, Fedor is 18-0 with wins against guys like Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (twice), Mirko Filipovic (when he was in his prime), Mark Coleman (ditto), Andrei Arlovski (see also: Breaking Points), and Zuluzinho (SIKE!). 

Compare that to Rogers, who is 10-0 with wins against guys like Andrei Arlovski, Abongo Humphrey, James Thompson, and Stan Strong. 

The point is, even if you rule out the first few years of Fedor’s career because of differences in rules, he’s still a pretty damn dominant heavyweight.  Just like if you discount Randy Couture’s experience in Rings, he’s 13-8 and still a UFC hall of famer.

Clearly, Rogers is trying to find some way to cut through the mystique of Fedor so he can fight him with the same misguided confidence he had against Arlovski.  It’s kind of like when your girlfriend tells you she’s been with forty different guys before you, and you tell yourself that it’s not that bad because six of those were in one night so they really count as one.  We don’t begrudge Rogers the right to lie to himself about how good Fedor is; we just wish that he had the good sense not to trot his lies out in public. 

Keep them where they belong: locked in a special room in your mind that you only go into when it’s three a.m. and you can’t close your eyes without seeing one of those overhand murderballs coming at your face.  Then get up and take an Ambien.  You’ll be fine.


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Bob Reilly- October 20, 2009 at 3:14 pm
Hey One Two, turd is spelled with a U. T_U_R_D. Turd. You're welcome.
Craigger12- October 20, 2009 at 12:54 pm
ufc fanboy ^^^
Killy- October 20, 2009 at 12:54 pm
Man.. they look the same....
Yeah well, except Brett is bigger.. and black :)

More than who will win this fight, I'm really interressed about the following events.

I mean if they loose: will fedor retire, will brett prepare a big return (like GSP, Machida or even the hawaian)
What's going to happen next? Will Danna White make a good offer to Fedor or make big jokes about him?
What brett is going to do?
Movies, ads, or ?
UFC fan- October 20, 2009 at 10:51 am
It don't matter who wins, fedor will never fight a real fighter in the UFC, he will always be known as the guy who beat a world of cans.
his legacy is a joke, and if big NOBODY Grimm beats him you can bet I will gladly make fun of him for it.
EzMoNeY- October 20, 2009 at 10:37 am
i dont know why necessarily, but i'm feeling the upset here. i think rodgers lands the big punch to end it. and will get a classic shot of scott coker crying at the cageside.
Chiggs- October 20, 2009 at 10:03 am
Dude, Phantom, I really hope that is sarcasm, if not either A) Get of the drugs, or B) start taking your meds or some other narcotic...Your sounding as delusional as Grimm for criss sakes.
Chiggs- October 20, 2009 at 10:02 am
All I know is, if Grimm does some how win, its still just a Fluke an does/will do nothing to diminsh what Fedor is or what he's accomplished. Dont get me wrong I truly believe that everyone loses some time, see Faber, Torres an even Anderson(4losses I think?) But I just cant see Grimm doing it an if he does, fluke lucky KO. Now if he were to do it say, back to back to Fedor, then I'd change my tune. I just hope he doesnt cuz all the naysayers will be calling down the greatest heavyweight ever. See told ya he wasnt that good, he just lost one of 32 straight fights...Blah blah blah. War Fedor!! Was startin to like the Grimm but his mouth is making him come off like a complete tool.
Catalyst8487- October 20, 2009 at 9:48 am
The real question is whether or not Brett will hang in the match longer then Tim Sylvia and Arlovski. I think he's got a good chance to do better then 38 seconds, but I'd consider it a win for Brett if he hangs around for 4 minutes.
phantom151- October 20, 2009 at 8:32 am
Fedor loves to shoot vodka and suck donkey penis.....he is so over rated, all this he is the best blah blah blah crap. ok so he beat 3-4-5 decent fighters in his career, the rest are all soup cans. Thats why he doesnt wanna fight top competition, he wants to keep beating the brett rodgers of the heavyweight divition instead of fighting the brock lesnars. ( and brett rodgers is probley better then 75% of the people he has beat and that's says something) Remeber when everyone thought kimbo was this unstoppable beast. Cause most people are media drinking sheep that let the press decide how good a fighter is, not his accomplishments.
BackbaconBilly- October 20, 2009 at 6:52 am
Its still an interesting fight, but only for the fact that it is possible for the grimmster to k.o Fedor, Fedor knows this and if he can stay away from the big punch then expect this to end on the ground with the grimm tapping.

Fight Fan- October 20, 2009 at 6:46 am
"Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (twice), Mirko Filipovic (when he was in his prime), Mark Coleman (ditto), Andrei Arlovski". It would be nice if the list of once top-level fighters, along with a few more big names, would go on just a little longer.
Clinch-Smash- October 20, 2009 at 6:18 am
@ UFC fan

Your still a Douche Canoe!
Clinch-Smash- October 20, 2009 at 6:15 am
Brock what the fuck is wrong with you, there will be no day of grimm, DW will cry cause the world wide cash cow will have died, no one will care about grimm after that, everyone knows he's not worth shit!
Numa- October 20, 2009 at 6:09 am
Man.... if Fedor could read... he would be pissed.
Brock Lesnesman- October 20, 2009 at 6:01 am
I can't wait for The Grimm to shut all you Feydar nuthuggers up. When Feydar hit the ground, and he will hit the ground, the only person who will be screaming with joy louder than me may be DW.

mark my words, Nov 7 is the Day of The Grimm.
Jarekov The Great- October 19, 2009 at 11:37 pm

im not calling you out here im just curious because i dip (use smokeless tobaco) and if snus is really better for you i would use that.

How is snus less harmful?
Savageleto- October 19, 2009 at 11:25 pm
I am looking forward to this fight.

While I can concede that Rogers may score that lucky shot-

I honestly think he is in for a rude fucking awakening if he has thoughts like his experience and skill set is comparable to Fedor's bouncing around under his mohawk.

Fedor is going to be all over him as he is a total package when it comes to this game, no nut hugging required to acknowledge that.

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BigCountrysCholesterol- October 19, 2009 at 10:42 pm
He is so freakishly good. It saddens me to see so many MMA fans get swept up in bullshit. "He is a coward!" Uh, yeah. And Tito doesn't have herpes.
HurricaneFlorio63- October 19, 2009 at 10:40 pm
It's a shame Fedor isn't in the UFC. Because Fedor has a lot to lose in this fight, and Rogers has everything to gain. The fight itself makes no sense because what the fuck is Rogers gonna do if he wins this fight? He'll try to hightail it to the UFC.

Fedor is a heavy favorite and rightfully so. But I have this funny feeling that Roger is gonna score a KO and cause Strikeforce to collaspe.

If Fedor loses, Strikeforce is going to be dead within a year.
CZ- October 19, 2009 at 9:25 pm
People really have to stop sleeping on Brett Rogers. Hes not going to win I get it, but saying Fedor is a Coward and fighting nobodies is crazy. Rogers has serious knockout power. This CBS card has a ton to offer, and its going to be good from top to bottom. Fedor, Mousasi, Shields, Werdum on the same card would probably be a moderate success on PPV but this shit is free.
Houstons db- October 19, 2009 at 9:22 pm
dudes i hope to see a battle!!! dont really care who wins but im thankful strikeforce is here so we have another big organization with pretty sick fighters to watch fo FREEEEEEE. im gunna go with rogers winning rd. 1 and Fedor winning the fight in rd. 2 by some well placed ground n pound to a rear naked! stamp it db
Bovice- October 19, 2009 at 9:19 pm
Here's a question for the CP users: Would you be more satisfied seeing Fedor destroy yet another opponent in gruesome fashion, or would you be more satisfied seeing Rogers taking the upset via KO/TKO?
Jarekov The Great- October 19, 2009 at 9:13 pm
I honestly dont like fedor, but hes definitely not a coward. Actually i like fedor and i hate his managers. I still think rodgers will be the one to upset him just because everyone gets caught eventually and hes 30 fights past due.
shizznitt- October 19, 2009 at 8:40 pm
I think the man is so stupid he actually thinks that.
Walrus- October 19, 2009 at 8:26 pm
UFC Fan, you've always been known as a fanboy.

That being said, nothing you say can be taken as anything close to valid. Don't talk above people -- you'll never have any respect to your name, therefore will always look like an idiot.