Fedor Emelianenko Vs Brett Rogers
In mixed martial arts losing is considered an inevitable part of the sport which makes Fedor Emelianenko’s record of 30-1-(1) all the more remarkable.
There is no question that he has fought tougher opponents than Brett Rogers in the past, but the 10-0 fighter still poses a threat to Fedor’s long unbeaten run if he can keep the fight standing as he possesses genuine knockout power.
What he doesn’t have however is great technical skills on his feet. A lot of his previous victories have come about due to his raw power rather than clinical striking.
Nontheless Fedor would be wise to avoid trying to outstrike his opponent and instead take the fight to the floor where he holds the distinct advantage. It is also where the majority of his wins take place, having claimed victory by submission in six of his last seven fights, and 16 overall in his 30 career wins.
23 of Fedor’s fights have finished in the first round and I think this one will be no different. Brett Rogers will come out swinging but look for Fedor to get in close and either trip or throw his opponent to the mat. From there it’s only a matter of time before he locks in a submission.
Jake Shields Vs Jason Mayhem Miller
Jake Shields (23-4-1) is a top ten welterweight fighter who has ambitions to make an impression at middleweight, and what better way to announce his arrival than to win the vacant Strikeforce middleweight title.
The man standing in his way is Jason Mayhem Miller. Known to casual fans as the host of MTV’s Bully Beatdown, he is of course also a seasoned fighter with a record of 22-6(1).
Shields is primarily a ground fighter and he will looking to spend as much time there are possible in this fight, wearing down Miller and looking for an opportunity to submit him. That will be no easy task however since Miller has shown excellent submission defense in previous fights and has only one submission loss on his record.
Miller is also comfortable working submissions himself and has claimed 13 of his 22 wins by that method. He has however made no secret of the fact that he wants to keep the fight standing where he belives he has the edge.
I think there’s more of a chance of Shields locking in a submission than Miller ending the fight on the feet. Bearing in mind that Miller managed to fend off Jacare’s sub attempts in DREAM I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt though and say that this one is going to go the full five rounds, with Shields claiming yet another unanimous decision victory.
Gegard Mousasi Vs Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou
Gegard Mousasi is the current Strikeforce light heavyweight champion and one of the most exciting up and coming talents in the sport. At the age of 24 he has already amassed a record of 26-2-1 and is unbeaten in his last 13 fights.
Sokoudjou was at one time considered to be a major force in the light heavyweight division, but after wins over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ricardo Arona his career has since faltered and he has lost two of his last four fights.
One thing that is clear is that Sokoudjou likes to finish his fights quickly. In fact only one of his seven victories has went beyond the first round, with two others ending with a K.O and the rest by TKO.
Mousasi is a very well rounded fighter, capable of winning on his feet or on the floor. 15 of his wins come by knockout, and 9 by submission. He is another fighter who often gets the job done quickly, and notably he has never went beyond the 2nd round in his 29 fights to date.
Mousasi just has too many ways to win here. I see him neutralizing Sokoudjou’s main threat by placing him on his back and proceeding to break him down via ground n pound. I think he’ll win by TKO in the 2nd round.
Antonio Silva Vs Fabricio Werdum
Antonio Silva is a former Cage Rage and EliteXC Heavyweight champion and holds a record of 13-1. At 6ft 4′ and over 265lbs come fight night Silva will have a clear size advantage against Werdum and his heavy hands will pose a significant threat.
Former UFC fighter Fabricio Werdum (12-4-1) is a highly skilled BJJ stylist who recently won the 99+ category at the ADCC championships for the 2nd time. He has a somewhat patchy record in recent times, going 4-3 in his last seven.
In amongst that have come notable wins over Gabe Gonzaga, Brandon Vera and Fedor’s brother Aleksander Emelianenko. His recent losses also include familiar names like Andre Arlovski, Junior Dos Santos and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
With Silva’s most notable win coming over a past his best Ricco Rodriguez it’s apparent that Werdum holds a significant experience advantage going into this fight.
There is the possibility for an upset here. Silva will hope to press home his advantage on the feet, but at the same time will be no pushover should it go to the canvas.
Having said that I think that Fabricio Werdum is a significant step up in class and will have too much for Silva on the ground. I’m opting for a submission victory for Werdum in round 2.
Undercard: (Predicted Winners In Bold)
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Marloes Coenen
Mark Miller vs. Deray Davis
Christian Uflacker vs. Jonatas Novaes
Shamar Bailey vs. John Kolosci
Louis Taylor vs. Nate Moore
Jeff Curran vs. Dustin Neace