Emelianenko (30-1), one of the top pound-for-pound fighters, has built a resolute fan base — some would say cult following — through his no-nonsense style and mysterious training regimen in Russia. His only loss was a controversial stoppage early in his career, and he's won his last five fights in the first round.
Emelianenko is an expert in judo and the Russian military martial art of sambo. He became a free agent when the Affliction promotion collapsed following the failed drug test of Josh Barnett, who was supposed to face Emelianenko earlier this year. Emelianenko then spurned industry kingpin UFC to join Strikeforce, an up-and-coming company that agreed to work with M-1 Global, his own mixed martial arts promotion.
Rogers (10-0), an imposing 6-foot-5, 265 pounds, is a rising star in the sport. The St. Paul, Minn., native has finished all of his fights by knockout, including a stunning stoppage of Andrei Arlovski in June.
Fedor is scared he keeps ducking the best fighters in the world, kind like a certain coward Meatchicken fan I know.