Recent Strikeforce acquisition, and top ranked heavyweight fighter Fedor Emelianenko will make his Strikeforce debut against Brett Rogers on national television. The promotions first event to be televised on CBS since striking their deal with the network will take place on November 7, 2009. The bout itself has been locked up for some time, though the date had yet to be finalized. As of this time the venue from which the card will be broadcast is still uknown. There has also yet to be any other bouts rumored for the event.
Emelianenko is regarded by many as the best heavyweight in the world, though he is still somewhat unknown in regards to the general MMA audience in the US. By placing the 30-1-1 fighter on Strikeforce’s inaugural CBS card, that is likely to change. Previous MMA events shown on CBS, promoted by EliteXC, brought in as many as four million viewers.
Rogers is an undefeated young fighter, who has actually already been on CBS while he was with Elite XC. Rogers also shares a common last opponent with Emelianenko, both men having defeated former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski in their last outings, though Rogers did so more quickly.
CBS is no stranger to televising MMA, having thrice aired EliteXC events, however this will be the first Strikeforce promoted event to air on the network. The last EliteXC card shown on the network was EliteXC Heat on October 4, 2008 and pulled in an estimated 4.3 million viewers.