Welcome to Fightline.com’s live coverage of Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers. Tonight’s fight card comes to us live from the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
We’ll have quick match results available for you after each preliminary fight followed by live round-by round coverage of all main card bouts. Remember to keep refreshing this page for the most up to date results.
Christian Uflacker defeated Jonatas Novaes via unanimous decision (scores of 29-26, 30-25, 30-25).
Nate Moore defeated Louis Taylor via TKO (strikes) at 3:24 of Round 2.
Shamar Bailey defeated John Kolosci via unanimous decision (all judges scored it 29-27).
Jeff Curran defeated Dustin Neace via submission (injury) at 1:39 of Round 1.
Marlos Coenen defeated Roxanne Modafferi via submission (armbar) – at 1:03 of Round 1.
Fabricio Werdum vs. Antonio Silva
Round 1: Silva was on the attack early. Werdum charged Silva, and Silva pushed Werdum against the cage and started wailing away at him. It looked like it was going to be over for a second. Silva let Werdum back to his feet. He continued to dominate Werdum. Werdum hit Silva with a big right hand, which barely fazed Silva. Silva pressed Werdum against the cage and landed a big elbow and some strikes. Werdum got back to his feet as the round came to a close. Great first round, FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Silva.
Round 2: Werdum came out swinging, but Silva caught him with a big left hook that floored him. Silva went to the ground, but Werdum managed to roll Silva over and get on top. Werdum passed Silva’s guard, but Silva was able to get back to his feet. Silva and Werdum clinched against the cage and Werdum took Silva down and got in his guard. Werdum passed and worked to secure a kneebar, but Silva escaped as the round came to a close. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Werdum.
Round 3: Werdum and Silva clinched against the cage, and Silva was able to break away. Werdum scored a big takedown and got on the back of Silva and started landing punches to the side of Silva’s head. Werdum went for a rear-naked choke, but Silva broke free and got up to his feet. They clinched against the cage and Silva started teeing off with several strikes, and Werdum responded with getting Silva in a thai clinch and landing knees. Werdum was able to score another takedown and scored more shots to the side of Silva’s head. He got in Silva’s half guard, got full mount and started landing hammer fists and kept Silva at bay as the round came to a close. Good opening fight, FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Werdum.
Winner via unanimous decision (all judges scored it 29-28): Fabricio Werdum
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Gegard Mousasi
Round 1: Mousasi landed a high kick early. Sokoudjou responded with a left hook to the body. Mousasi accidentally tagged Sokoudjou with a shot to the groin, causing a brief break in the action. Sokoudjou attempted a takedown, which was stuffed. Mousasi landed several strikes before being taken down by Sokoudjou. Mousasi rolled him over and got side control, but Sokoudjou was able to explode out. Sokoudjou controlled Mousasi against the cage and was working to secure a guillotine, but Mousasi was able to break out of it. Sokoudjou scored another big takedown, but Mousasi scored a trip to end the round. Close round, FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Sokoudjou.
Round 3: Mousasi and Sokoudjou clinched against the cage. Mousasi worked on Sokoudjou’s legs by landing several hard knees, and landed several strikes on Sokoudjou. Sokoudjou was able to take Mousasi down. Mousasi managed to get back to his feet and take Sokoudjou down. Mousasi went for ground and pound and teed off on Sokoudjou. Mousasi continued to wail away on Sokoudjou until the referee called it off.
Winner via TKO (strikes) at 3:43 of Round 2: Gegard Mousasi
Jason “Mayhem” Miller vs. Jake Shields
Open Strikeforce Middleweight Title
Miller had the usual entertaining entrance, and danced with the dancers while heading to the cage.
Round 1: Shields got a takedown immediately and pinned Miller against the cage. Shields got Miller’s back and flattened him out. Miller was able to roll over, and Shields got full mount but Miller was able to power out and get to his feet. Shields shot at Miller again and pressed him against the cage before dropping to the ground. Shields landed shots to Miller’s body and Miller made a gesture suggesting that he wasn’t fazed. Shields kept Miller pinned against the cage, and the crowd began booing. Miller was able to stand up, pinned Shields against the cage and then scored a big takedown slam. Miller went to land a big right to Shields on the ground, but Shields was able to dodge it and they were back to their feet. Miller nailed a suplex on Shields and landed a couple of shots on Shields as the round came to a close. Miller ended strong, but FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Shields.
Round 2: Miller landed a big left hook to start the round. Shields pressed Miller against the cage. Miller was able to take Shields back and took him down. Shields had Miller in a body lock and was able to get on top but Miller was able to push off of the cage and Shields was able to get Miller’s back and attempted a rear-naked choke. Miller scrambled, and Shields was able to get side control. Shields pinned Miller against the fence and got Miller’s back and went for the rear-naked choke again, but Miller was able to defend. Miller escaped and got on top of Shields and tried to pound him out, but Shields grabbed Miller’s leg and went for a heel hook. Miller maintained control as the round came to an end. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Shields.
Round 3: Miller came out swinging and took Shields to the ground. Shields got to his feet and was able to take Miller down. Shields got side control and passed into full mount, but Miller was able to shrug him off. Shields got Miller’s back again, and continued to pepper away at Miller with shots to the head and body. Shields got on Miller’s back, but Miller was able to roll him off and got back to his feet. Miller pressed Shields against the cage. Referee Big John McCarthy paused the action for a moment because the tape was coming undone on Miller’s glove, but had them resume with Miller pressing Shields against the cage. Shields managed to get control and pinned Miller against the cage. The crowd started booing again due to all the ground work. Miller got to his feet, but Shields took and down and Miller managed a reversal and got Shields back. This time Miller attempted a rear-naked choke, and was able to secure it. Miller looked to be close to finishing Shields as the buzzer went off to end the round. Shields was really saved by the bell. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Miller.
Round 4: Shields again pinned Miller against the cage and took him down. The crowd broke out a “Miller” chant, as they’ve been solidly behind “Mayhem” the entire fight. Shields kept Miller pressed against the cage and the crowd started booing again. Finally Big Kohn stoop them up at the mid-way point. Miller nailed Shields with a hard knee, but Shields took the fight right back down to the ground. Shields got side-control and mounted Miller again, and pegged Miller with body shots. Miller was able to roll over and Shields got his back, and continued to control Miller. Shields got Miller in side control again as the round came to a close. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Shields.
Round 5: Miller started the round peppering Shields with jabs. Shields was able to get a front face lock on Miller and pressed him against the cage, and was able to take Miller to the ground again. Shields controlled Miller on the ground. Shields was able to take Miller’s back and land shots to Miller’s body. With 90 seconds left, Miller was able to squirm out and went for a guillotine, but Shields was able to power out. Shields seized control again, and controlled Miller for the rest of the round. Miller was able to break free in the final seconds, but couldn’t do anything. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Shields, to give Shields the win, 49-46.
Winner via unanimous decision (scores of 48-47,49-46,49-46) and NEW Strikeforce Middleweight Champion: Jake Shields
The crowd booed the decision, although it was a clear victory for Shields.
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brett Rogers
Only in MMA do you see the fans soundly behind a Russian against an American. The ovation for Fedor was deafening, while Rogers was roundly booed.
Round 1: Fedor threw a wild left jab which missed early, while Rogers connected with a jab. Fedor was able to take Rogers down, but Rogers was able to make his way up and pressed Fedor against the cage. Fedor’s nose is busted from Rogers’ jab from earlier. Rogers kept Fedor against the cage, but Fedor was able to break free. Back in the center of the cage, Fedor connected with a big left that rocked Rogers, and took Rogers down to the ground. Rogers was able to reverse and get full mount on Fedor. Rogers started pounding Fedor, and Fedor went for an arm-bar, but Rogers broke free. Fedor was able to get back on top of Rogers and attempted an arm triangle. Rogers was able to get Fedor off, Fedor stood up and threw a big punch to Rogers on the ground, which Rogers dodged. Great first round. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Fedor.
Round 2: A “USA” chant broke out, drowning out the “Fedor” chant. Fedor pinned Rogers against the cage and threw several wild punches, which were blocked by Rogers. Rogers managed to reverse it and press Fedor against the cage, but Fedor was able to push him off. Back in the center of the cage, Fedor nailed Rogers with a huge right hook right on the button that knocked Rogers right out! Fedor jumped on him and landed a couple of extra shots as the referee waved him off.
Winner via TKO at 1:48 of Round 2: Fedor Emelianenko
After the bout, Fedor called Brett a great fighter. When asked if he would be open to a rematch with Rogers, Fedor said he would if Rogers wanted one. Fedor thanked the fans after the fight.
Rogers then said he hated losing and would gladly take a rematch with Fedor. Rogers said he should have thrown his hands more, and if he would have, the fight would have ended differently.