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Video: Final Thoughts From the ‘Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers’ Press Conference

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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.

Gegard Mousasi says people underestimated Sokoudjou, and called the fight a learning experience.

Jason Miller blames himself for not capitalizing on the chances he had in his fight against Jake Shields, and for not training his wrestling enough; he was not expecting a "grapplefest."

— Shields still thinks that his best weight is welterweight. Scott Coker would like to put him against Marius Zaromskis or Hayato Sakurai at 170.

— 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.

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snakey- November 10, 2009 at 4:07 am
Arlovski, Overeem, Lashley, Barnett - could make it a very watchable HW division.
Did they televise the walk-in's in the states? I didn't see any featured in the version I saw...
The entrances are crucial for building the rapour between fighters and fans - see UFC, Dream, and Pride.
snakey- November 10, 2009 at 4:00 am
Congratulations Fedor on a great win. It was an amazing spectacle and well done Strikeforce and CBS, though the commentary was terrible, 'I can't score this one' - WTF, that's what you're there for!

It was a shame the victory was immediately hijacked by Rogers terrible sportsmanship. To not acknowledge your opponent's victory and immediately talk rematch was bad form. Then to talk about an early stoppage in the press conference when it was clear to all that if continued, it would be made into a Henderson-on-Bisping style animated gif shows his lack of respect.
Man up, acknowledge your loss and get back training. To be honest, I think he realizes that few people get a second chance with Fedor and I don't think Grimm will do as the division is bolstered with new and returning faces.
Clinch-Smash- November 10, 2009 at 3:37 am
@ ReDx

That would be a great 1 round fight, if you love hendo and hate shields. Another HL KO for hendo. Who the hell would avoid JS anyone smart enough to push off the weakass clinch and fuckin hit him could destroy him mayhem could have won that fight if would just seperate and throw.
ReDx- November 10, 2009 at 12:12 am
I would love to see Henderson vs Shields. I'd pay to say that. It'd be somebody that Shields couldnt take down and his lack of stand up would be exposed. I see a Bispingesque KO
rampageisgod- November 9, 2009 at 11:07 pm
I guess he couldn't name six guys...
Oroborus- November 9, 2009 at 6:33 pm
@ J Akuma

rofl dude i would of never thought about it like that, your rational rocks.
Oroborus- November 9, 2009 at 6:31 pm
yea shields does suck huge boring asshole. at least guida is semi exciting shields is just fighting not to lose rather than fighting to win. Sure thers 6 dudes that could beat rogers but theres also 6 dudes who could beat brock and carwin, i would say rogers vs brock or carwin is about 50/50.
CapitalQ- November 9, 2009 at 4:57 pm
haha akuma way to use simple math to tell the truth. Bravo
CapitalQ- November 9, 2009 at 4:54 pm
Overall I just have to say that this was a momentous occasion for the sport. Seriously guys this was a pivotal moment. Many things to come are going to be linked back to Fedor vs Rogers. Could be in a good or bad context. But its obvious that with network TV money and the millions of people exposed to what was in all regards an impressive fight card, things are going to be changing at a rapid pace in the MMA world. Hopefully this brings out positive fan response and good knowledgeable fanbase, which in turn will bring higher pay and better treatment of the fighters we idolize. I just hope that all this attention will pay off in a good way, and that the sport does not devolve into the "human cockfighting" so loved by the ignorant light beer drinking morons the powers that be would love to see us become.
J Akuma- November 9, 2009 at 4:48 pm
@831 Son

So, at least 6 guys in the UFC can beat him, maybe 1 or 2 more not in the UFC can beat him as well? It's starting to sound like you just called Rogers a top-ten heavyweight. That pretty much qualifies as being pretty damned good.
rampageisgod- November 9, 2009 at 4:08 pm
Name the six guys that would beat him.
831 Son- November 9, 2009 at 3:45 pm
I just cant wait for Marius Zaromskis next fight.
831 Son- November 9, 2009 at 3:44 pm
Shields sucks fat donkey dick. So much lay and pray, almost reminded me of Guida in a couple of his fights. Brett Rogers will get beat up again too. If he was in the UFC I can name at least 6 dudes who can beat the shit out of him I dont know why people say hes so good. Jump to conclusions much? Yea, guaranteed.
Walrus- November 9, 2009 at 3:36 pm
@bald miget

Yea, I didn't like that lady.
baldmidget- November 9, 2009 at 3:21 pm
Perhaps more humorous was Brett rogers channeling his best still quasi-knocked out Eddie Murphy when he blurted "YAH IF HE WANT TO REMATCH ME!!!!" seemingly thinking Fedor asked for a rematch after rearranging his face..

baldmidget- November 9, 2009 at 3:15 pm
Fedor's Rubenesque "Susan Boyle of Mother Russia" translator has to go.

She seemed to not have a full grasp of english at times, both listening / delivering the question, as well as delivering the answer.

If strikeforce or Fedor's camp were right thinking they would try to put someone either hot, or charismatic (or both), but at least fully competent in her place.

In Soviet Russia, the men fight in cages for the bears to watch dobre dobre.
One Two- November 9, 2009 at 2:52 pm
strikeforce was awesome i feel like i just ran out of crack and having nothing to look forward to. Whens fedor fight again?
uzithrasha- November 9, 2009 at 2:39 pm
I cant believe what a dumb ass that guy was who interviewed fedor after the win. Why would you ask about a rematch especially with rogers. He never had control of the fight. Even when he was raining shot on fedor when he was on the mat. Fedor got out of there quick.
G Funk- November 9, 2009 at 2:14 pm
crapfactory is a perfect name for you. You dont know what youre watching even if its plain as day right the fuck in front of you! Its not an oppinion, its a fact... is all Im sayin...
G Funk- November 9, 2009 at 2:11 pm
Rogers was in the fetal position when BigJohn stopped the fight!!!

Cung Le would whoop Shields ASS. Cung Le has ridicuous takedown defence. Le gavi it up cause he hasnt fought in two years and doesnt want his comeback fight to be againsy #1contender
agentsmith- November 9, 2009 at 2:07 pm
Fedor's grumpy translator lady is awesome. She acts like she's irritated at the questions and hates speaking English to begin with.
steampunk22- November 9, 2009 at 1:58 pm
^^Agentsmith, lol we're basically saying the same thing


Fedor's translator said that Fedor would honor a rematch if that was the desire of the Promotion/Rogers. He is not opposed to the idea of a rematch, or whatever. I don't think Rogers should get one without fighting someone else first, but yeah, Fedor apparently said he would be interested.
steampunk22- November 9, 2009 at 1:55 pm
The stoppage was appropriate. Rogers was defending himself, but not intelligently. He was also not working on getting up. Its ridiculous to make that claim in all honesty. Watch the end of the fight.

Rogers went down, flat on his back, rolled to one side and put both of his hands on the back of his head. He essentially attempted to turtle on his side and protect his head, but he did not do so intelligently. His elbows weren't closed, his forearms were not protecting his face, he was wide open. His legs were relaxed and his hands were on the back of his head. Go and lie on the floor, half on your back half on your side, with your hands on the back of your head and your elbows far apart and try and stand up. Its impossible. Its clear he was not trying until after Fedor was off of him.

Dont get me wrong, Rogers impressed the hell out of me with his ground game, it was way better than I think most people though, and he did real well for most of the fight. I think he should rightfully move up the Heavyweight ladder a bit after that fight. But he was done after that punch, there's no doubt about that. You can be a Rogers fan and still admit he lost, there's no shame there.
brandorm- November 9, 2009 at 1:53 pm
Why does Rogers keep saying Fedor wants a rematch? That is something the announcer said not Fedor. Unless somebody gets robbed, they do not deserve an immediate rematch.
agentsmith- November 9, 2009 at 1:53 pm
As much as Rogers impressed me, the fight was NOT stopped too early. At first blush, when he went down it looked like he was bringing his leg up between himself and Fedor to try to fend him off... but when you see it again and again in the slow motion replays, it becomes apparent that he was basically already out, and he did not bring his leg up consciously... it was more like his leg flopped up on its own because of the way he hit the floor. Rogers was defending himself about as much as Forrest Griffin was at the end of his fight with Anderson Silva.

Also, both Werdum and Shields are delusional.