According to a press release just sent out by Strikeforce, Fedor Emelianenko and Brett Rogers will face each other on Saturday, November 7th, in a Strikeforce event that will be broadcast on CBS (9:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT). It was previously announced that the matchup would air on Showtime, which explains some of Strikeforce’s quietness over the last couple weeks — they were working out the details on this surprising change of plans. Now, Dana White won’t be able to crow about how his reruns outdraw Strikeforce’s live fights, and he probably won’t risk defeat by counter-programming Strikeforce with a live UFC event, especially considering the UFC already has events scheduled for the following two weekends.
Sounds like a great move for Coker & Co., but they’re not out of the woods yet. For one thing, no city or venue has been announced for “Fedor vs. Rogers” — their trusty fallback, the HP Pavilion in San Jose, is hosting a Sharks game that night — and no other fights have been booked for the show. But for now, Scott Coker is focusing on the positive:
“It is an honor to have the opportunity to bring the Strikeforce brand to CBS. We are looking forward to bringing MMA back to the network and to having the world’s No. 1 heavyweight — Fedor — compete for the first time on live network television against one of America’s most promising young, undefeated stars — Brett Rogers.”
We’ll keep you posted as details come together.