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W-1: New Ground to Feature Rogers, Yager, Romero, Pierson and Hollett October 23 in Halifax


(You smell that? That’s tire grease, son!!)

In an interesting development, Strikeforce is lending out onetime heavyweight contender Brett Rogers to compete on Warrior One MMA’s upcoming October 23 “New Ground” card in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

W-1 announced the card on its website yesterday.

The news is good for the fast-rising Canadian promotion, but is somewhat baffling, considering that Strikeforce’s heavyweight division is in a bit of disarray at the moment and the extra body might be needed before year’s end.


With champion Alistair Overeem undecided on whether or not he will defend his belt before 2011 if he doesn’t get Fedor, number one contender Fabricio Werdum out until 2011 and Emelianenko’s camp waffling about who “The Last Emperor” should fight next stateside, Rogers could be a commodity for Strikeforce in a pinch. He could be brought in face a guy like Antonio Silva if both Emelianenko and Overeem flake out on him, which would likely be a much more competitive fight for “Big Foot” anyway.

Rogers (10-2), will be looking to rebound from a two-fight losing streak he compiled against Strikeforce’s top two heavyweight talents.

He hasn’t fought since losing by first round TKO in a championship bout to Overeem in May at Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery. Prior to that he lost to Emelianenko by second round TKO at the Strikeforce’s November 2009 Fedor vs. Rogers event and let the highly coveted WAMMA heavyweight title slip through his fingers.

Part of the decision making process for Scott Coker and company in letting Rogers fight elsewhere may have included consideration of who his opponent is and what the likelihood is that "The Grim" may lose or get hurt. Chances are, when they heard he would be fighting Ruben "Warpath" Villareal, they weren’t very concerned.

New Ground is shaping up to be another solid card for W-1. Besides Rogers, the event will also feature The Ultimate Fighter Season 11 superheel Jamie Yager and a handful of Canadian stars including Kyle Sandford, Jason MacDonald protégée Ryan Machan, Bellator fighters Will Romero and Sean Pierson and former ECC and MFC light heavyweight champion Roger Hollett.

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NealTaflinger- September 1, 2010 at 1:35 pm
Is it just me or is Strikeforce lending out a lot of talent these days? Cormier, Heun, Rogers?
Kellenavalanche- September 1, 2010 at 1:15 pm
Best caption I've seen in months.
jimbonics- September 1, 2010 at 10:34 am
Open Mouth Don't Get Fed. This is where you end up when you twitter-fued with the largest cranium in MMA.

Also, this is just further genius decision-making of behalf of Coker and Co.
Mike Russell- September 1, 2010 at 10:23 am
 hxxp://www.sherdog.net/forums/f44/bye-bye-wamma-1015310/I knew they were in trouble when a couple of guys I worked with at The Fight Network who were interns when I was there became members of the WAMMA rankings committee.
superflat- September 1, 2010 at 10:21 am
What's confusing about this? "Warpath" costs less than a punching bag.
knucklesamitch- September 1, 2010 at 10:18 am
Yeah, that site is dead, and I don't believe Fedor even carried the belt around for the "non-title" Werdum fight...Which is why "highly coveted Wamma title" is up for the laugh of the day award.

I agree that in concept, the WAMMA idea is a good one, but without the UFC on board, it's completely pointless.
danomite- September 1, 2010 at 10:15 am
is this "upcoming mma events" on the side of the page something new or am i just so fucking stupid that I haven't noticed after 2+ years? I seriously hope it is something new or else I am going to have to get my eyes/IQ checked. I get pissed when I see one of ReX's post-bellator write ups because I realize I forgot to watch it AGAIN. Now, I have no excuse. It's right there on the side of the website.

Also, Cecil Peoples says that the W-1 belt is the most prestigious belt in the multiverse.
ReX13- September 1, 2010 at 10:13 am
Just out of curiousity, visited the WAMMA site, which hasn't been updated in a year... Apparently they just handed out belts and then said "fuck it" and went home: Fedor and Aoki are their champions. Obviously, those belts aren't open for contenders to challenge.

I liked the concept, but it seems WAMMA is dead; their website looks to expire this year.


(I guess since Off Topic Commenter has disappeared, i filled in. I'm not as funny, though. Sorry about that.)
BONGTAR- September 1, 2010 at 10:05 am
Yeah, Fuck You Cecil Peoples and you stupid ass tai-chi pose
Fried Taco- September 1, 2010 at 10:01 am
Their grooming Brett for another shot at the title. It's a novel approach, with the idea of him hopefully winning a fight before getting a chance at the belt.
knucklesamitch- September 1, 2010 at 9:46 am
Villareal lost to Bas Rutten by TKO via leg kicks. FUCK YOU Cecil Peoples.

Also, I call shenanigans on referring to the WAMMA title as "highly coveted"
Phil Bologna- September 1, 2010 at 9:45 am
yeah, fuck you cecil peoples.
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