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Emelianenko delivers, Strikeforce doesn't


Fedor Emelianenko looked impressive in his victory over Brett Rogers Saturday night. A convincing second round knockout was as good of an argument as any that he is the best fighter in the world. The event as a whole? Not so much.
Emelianenko and Rogers gave the crowd what they wanted. A good, action packed fight ending in Emelianenko's knockout punch to Rogers in the second round. Rogers managed a good fight on the losing side, even blooding Emelianenko's nose early in the first round. Still, Emelianenko prevailed in the end. In all it was a good fight.
One word of advice to Emelianenko: learn some English. It will help him out a whole lot attracting a following in this country. Or at least get a better looking interpreter.
The rest of the Stroikeforce card was kind of lackluster, even comical. Jake Sheilds' defeat of Jason "Mayhem" Miller was kind of a letdown. It was five rounds of nothing to write home about. Miller made things worse with a not-ready-for-prime-time entrance complete with cheesy dancers and pyrotechnics. Not the kind of thing you see at a UFC fight (at least not since Dana White's been around).
And there lies the big problem. The Strikeforce event seemed a little underwhelming. UFC fights have a big-deal feel to them. They're on par with blockbuster boxing events, even the minor cards. This card fell more as third rate as the stuff I see on the Fight Zone broadcasts on SportSouth or FOX Sports South or whichever non-ESPN wannabe it's on. The pyrotechnics gave it a feel closer to a cheesy knockoff of old school WCW Nitro in its last days.
While Emelianenko-Rogers delivered, the card as a whole was a completely different story. CBS really needs to work on the production values before the next telecast. If there is one.


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Fedor Emelianenko looked impressive in his victory over Brett Rogers Saturday night. A convincing second round knockout was as good of an argument as any that he is the best fighter in the world. The event as a whole? Not so much.
Emelianenko and Rogers gave the crowd what they wanted. A good, action packed fight ending in Emelianenko's knockout punch to Rogers in the second round. Rogers managed a good fight on the losing side, even blooding Emelianenko's nose early in the first round. Still, Emelianenko prevailed in the end. In all it was a good fight.
One word of advice to Emelianenko: learn some English. It will help him out a whole lot attracting a following in this country. Or at least get a better looking interpreter.
The rest of the Stroikeforce card was kind of lackluster, even comical. Jake Sheilds' defeat of Jason "Mayhem" Miller was kind of a letdown. It was five rounds of nothing to write home about. Miller made things worse with a not-ready-for-prime-time entrance complete with cheesy dancers and pyrotechnics. Not the kind of thing you see at a UFC fight (at least not since Dana White's been around).
And there lies the big problem. The Strikeforce event seemed a little underwhelming. UFC fights have a big-deal feel to them. They're on par with blockbuster boxing events, even the minor cards. This card fell more as third rate as the stuff I see on the Fight Zone broadcasts on SportSouth or FOX Sports South or whichever non-ESPN wannabe it's on. The pyrotechnics gave it a feel closer to a cheesy knockoff of old school WCW Nitro in its last days.
While Emelianenko-Rogers delivered, the card as a whole was a completely different story. CBS really needs to work on the production values before the next telecast. If there is one.



Posted originally: 2009-11-08 00:44:00
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