Scott Coker made a major announcement today while attending Fedor Emelianenko’s promotional appearance in New York City. According to Coker Fedor’s first fight in Strikeforce will be against Brett Rogers, who most recently knocked out former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski. Coker didn’t offer any specific details but it’s likely the fight will take place this fall.
With current Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem laid up with a nagging hand injury, Rogers is the best available opponent in terms of skill set and notoriety. But since this will not be a championship bout, Strikeforce is risking eliminating Rogers, one of its few credible heavyweights, from title contention while the current champion is on indefinite hiatus.
FIGHT! Fans: Does Rogers stand a good chance of winning this fight or is a Fedor victory a foregone conclusion?