4 Nov 2009 10:38:56 AM
Okay, Dana Jacobson of ESPN. We know you’re not an MMA reporter, so the sight of Fedor Emelianenko‘s name on the teleprompter was probably pretty jarring. But seriously? Umalenenko? How do you look at a name that starts with an E, contains no U’s, and come up with that? You didn’t want to maybe ask someone beforehand how it was pronounced? Brett Rogers was sitting right there, and chances are he’s heard the name enough by now to help you out, even though "The Grimm" is too much of a goddamned gentleman to make you feel bad about it.
If you saw the "Fight Camp 360" episode, there’s really no new information on Rogers here, but it is interesting to listen to him talk about fighting Fedor as if he is not an extreme underdog. I can’t decide if he just needs to tell himself that it’s going to be as simple as going in there and banging, or if he truly believes it. He says he has no other option but to win, and yet almost no one expects him to. If he does pull it off, could this be the greatest upset in MMA history?
Semi-related: Yeah, Strikeforce and CBS are putting a lot into promoting the Fedor/Rogers bout, and this ESPN appearance is proof of that, but what about the other fights on the card? That’s exactly what Ariel Helwani and I discussed, among other topics, on this week’s roundtable discussion over at MMA Fanhouse. Be a doll and check it out, won’t you?