Here’s some footage I took at the Strikeforce post-event presser on Saturday night, which all the main event fighters showed up for. You’ve already heard what Fedor had to say, but check out the reactions from everybody else…
— Fabricio Werdum says he’s earned a shot at Fedor, who Werdum believes is the best fighter in the world. After a week of rest, he’ll be back to training hard.
— Shields thinks Cung Le is avoiding him. "That’s why he vacated the belt, obviously, and fights a month later."
— Brett Rogers felt his fight against Fedor Emelianenko was stopped early, but he’s not going to complain about it, and it is what it is. If there’s a rematch, he vows to come out a lot more aggressive. He’s never had the feeling of a loss before, and he doesn’t want to have it again any time soon.
— Roger’s trainer Mike Reilly seems to think that the stoppage was just right. But he warns Alistair Overeem, "If you touch American soil, we’re gonna come after you." Reilly couldn’t be prouder of Rogers even if he won on Saturday. "And like every great American with true grit," Reilly says, "we get knocked down, we’re gonna come right back, and we’re gonna come after anybody that Scott can trick into putting in a cage with him."
Two things that I didn’t get on camera that I thought were notable…
— Vadim Finkelchtein called Brett Rogers the #2 or 3 heavyweight fighter in the world, based on how well he did compared to Emelianenko’s previous opponents.
— When Fabricio Werdum first got to the press conference, he sat down near Antonio Silva, who he was surprisingly friendly with. A Strikeforce employee went up to Werdum and explained that they have assigned seats for the presser, and he actually needed to be on the other end of the table. "I sit here, thank you," Werdum replied, not even looking at the guy. The handler froze, not knowing whether he should push the issue. After a beat, Werdum turned and smiled at the guy, and moved seats. Also, when the conference was finished, he said "oh, I forgot my belt," and tried to make off with the WAMMA heavyweight strap, which was on the table as decoration. He’s a funny dude, apparently.