In case you missed it, one of the big fights happened Saturday, November 7, 2009 – Fedor Emelianenko versus Brett Rogers! The other big fights for me (as I only get free TV and I am too cheap to buy pay-per-view) was Cyborg vs Carano and Mir vs Lesnar (I saw this over the Internet).
Strikeforce is one of the more visible organizations. They used to have kickboxing and moved to MMA. Strikeforce took over the EliteXE and aired fights on Showtime. I like that they are still having some fights on CBS.
In this post I’ll highlight some videos (not sure how long they will stay up) and talk about this fight and the middleweight championship Sheilds vs Miller.
Lots of back and forth here but I learned that Brett Rogers can power out of ground attacks. Fedor really has some power in his punches – easy to see why he is so dangerous. That round was fairly even – Rogers landed an early left that had Fedor bloody. Rogers was really tired already whereas Fedor was seemingly pacing himself just fine.
What a decisive punch! I like that Brett was still in the game but Fedor was easily in control in the second round. I do hope to see a rematch but not too fast. Brett while being a great fighter, needs to work on his stamina so he can hang with the likes of Fedor!
Another fight I watched was Jake Sheilds versus Jason “Mayhem” Miller. Here is a link to that fight if you want to see it here. This was more of a jui-jitsu fight because Sheilds kept taking down Miller (I assume he was not comfortable trading punches).
This fight went the distance but Sheilds was saved by the clock as he was about to be submitted via a rear naked choke (middle round as I recall). Other than that near submission, Sheilds out jiu-jitsued Miller (they looked like a couple of pythons) and won most of the rounds and fight.
All in all these were a couple of fun fights. I hope you had a chance to see them.